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  • Taxpayers Called To Vote On 2015-16 Budgets; Absentee Session Saturday

    Newtown taxpayers who may be otherwise engaged Tuesday, April 28, or who anticipate difficulties getting to the Newtown Middle School to cast their budget ballots, may do so in a special Saturday voting session in the town clerk’s office April 25 from 9 am to noon. Otherwise, per local charter directive, polls at the middle school gym will be open Tuesday from 6 am and 8 pm for taxpayers to render their split or bifurcated votes on an overall 2015-16 budget request of $111,730,513, which represents a 0.6 percent increase over the current year. If approved as presented to voters at referendum, the new spending plan would represent a net reduction in taxation of 0.71 percent, with a new tax rate of 33.07 mills, down from the current rate of 33.31.

  • Superintendent Drafting Transportation Survey For Parents

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, told the Board of Education during its Tuesday, April 21, meeting the district administration would like to launch a transportation survey. The first draft of the survey was presented to the school board during the meeting, and by the end of the meeting, Dr Erardi said he would draft another version of the survey, reflecting the board’s responses from the meeting. “This we believe will offer us a decent number of parent responses,” said Dr Erardi, “and at least give us a baseline of what that looks like regarding how many would be willing to waive the rides with transportation next year.”

  • A Formal Start For Newtown Hook & Ladder's New Firehouse

    It was a long time coming, but on Wednesday, April 22, Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters finally celebrated the start of construction of their new firehouse at groundbreaking ceremonies held at the 12 Church Hill Road worksite. The event marked the fruition of the fire company’s long-running pursuit of new quarters to replace the antiquated, structurally unsound town-owned firehouse at 45 Main Street, which the company has been using since it was built in 1929.

  • Report: Town Police Have Highest Traffic Stop Rate In State

    According to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest rate of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state. The study found that Newtown police made 452 motor vehicle stops for every 1,000 town residents who are age 16 and over.

  • Road Repair Bonding Prompts Selectmen To Form Policy & Planning Panel

    On April 20, selectmen agreed to form a “Committee for Policy & Planning for Town Roads” that will include residents, town officials, and key staffers — under the leadership of Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob. The panel will ultimately advise and answer to selectmen. The ad-hoc committee will soon begin addressing concerns of residents townwide who are fed up with deteriorating local roadways, by advising on how best to spend both increased operating dollars in the Highway Department budget for roads, as well as $3 million that will be bonded in the coming years to supplement and fast-track work on the worst road surfaces in town. The ad-hoc committee will soon begin addressing concerns of residents townwide who are fed up with deteriorating local roadways, by advising on how best to spend both increased operating dollars in the Highway Department budget for roads, as well as $3 million that will be bonded in the coming years to supplement and fast-track work on the worst road surfaces in town.

  • IWC Reviewing River Walk Multifamily Housing Proposal

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are reviewing the environmental aspects of The River Walk At Sandy Hook Village, a 74-unit housing complex proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River. The IWC open...

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

  • Modeling Event Lands Town ‘Celebs’ On The Runway

    On the evening of April 18, more than two dozen Newtown officials, staff, and local “celebrities” hit the runway at Rock Ridge Country Club to help support the C.H. Booth Library’s CHBMakers initiative. The event featured 3D printer-designed centerpieces and a grand prize jeweled necklace created by Quality Gem's Dennis Janofsky using the technology. Thanks to ticket buyers at the sold-out event, high participation in a silent auction, the pendent raffle, which was won by Judy Rosentel, and a live auction called by Monsignor Bob Weiss of St Rose of Lima Church, organizers of the event representing Booth Library Board raised more than $25,000.

  • Selectmen Reveal Charge, Possible Makeup Of New Community Center Committee

    At a brief April 20 Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers reviewed and briefly discussed a proposed charge and a possible list of appointees to a new ad-hoc Community Center Commission. Selectman James Gaston was not present. The planned early May seating of the panel will launch a new chapter in fact-finding and community surveying to eventually render a recommendation on how Newtown should utilize a $15 million gift grant from General Electric in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy. Selectmen will ask the Community Center Commissioners to engage other boards and commissions, including the Community Center Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, Parks and Recreation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, the and the Strategic Plan for Municipal Facilities group.

  • State Planning For Exit 11 Interchange Improvement Project; Info Session Scheduled

    The state Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information session on its  plans to make roadway improvements at and near the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 to alleviate  traffic congestion and thus reduce the motor vehicle accident rate in that area. The Exit 11 interchange and adjacent roads are clogged with traffic during the morning and evening rush periods. The interchange was constructed in the early 1970’s to serve as a high speed interchange to link I-84 to an expanded version of Route 25. The expanded Route 25, however, never was constructed, but the Exit 11 interchange has remained in place, serving as an elaborate set of on-ramps and off-ramps for I-84 in Sandy Hook. The session is slated for Thursday, May 7, in the lecture hall in Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road. DOT officials will be available at 6:30 pm for individual discussions with residents. A formal presentation on the road improvement plans is scheduled for 7 pm.