As Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members put some finishing touches on their ongoing decennial update of the 2004 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, they note in the draft text of the 2014 town plan that the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has left the town a changed place whose future will be affected by the tragedy.
A draft text of the 2014 town plan will be reviewed by town agencies in the coming weeks before the P&Z takes final action of the long-range planning document late this year. The 2014 town plan addresses the period extending to 2024.
Looking to enhance commercial traffic and to spur business retention and growth in Sandy Hook center, a local business support group is working with Newtown’s Community and Economic Development Director and the Connecticut Main Street agency establishing a multifaceted project designed to spur economic recovery to the village center.
Numerous business and property owners in Sandy Hook have been suffering losses since the events of 12/14 closed Sandy Hook School, substantially reducing local daily traffic and potential customers to the local village center.
A local man is suing the town in seeking money damages for injuries he received in a trip-and-fall accident that occurred in August 2011, at the town waste transfer station off Ethan Allen Road.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money damages exceeding $15,000. The town has an October 1 return date in the case in Danbury Superior Court...
Following a closed session discussion September 3, the Board of Selectmen announced that Svigals + Partners has been chosen as the architect/engineers for the Sandy Hook School project, along with Consigli Construction Company to manage the construction.
In addition, selectmen announced that both BL and Turner will be involved in the project, continuing work they have performed for the Newtown community over these past months. BL will perform the civil engineering role and Turner will serve as the owner adviser for construction services.
Closing out a process that began months before the 12/14 tragedy, the Legislative Council on September 4 unanimously approved a local firearms ordinance.
The vote came after some brief discussion that included two amendments to correct some minor language points and to exempt active or honorably discharged military personnel from the requirement to have safety training as defined in that section of the document.
“Obviously, we can presume [members of the military] have training in the use of firearms,” said council Vice Chair and Ordinance Committee Chair Mary Ann Jacob following the meeting.
The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library and new Library Director Shawn Fields were criticized repeatedly during the public participation portion of the monthly library board meeting Tuesday, September 1,.Noting that extensive regular board business required limiting the public participation period to one half-hour, a time that proved adequate, Board President Martha Robilotti first recognized Dr Anne Rothstein, a 37-year resident of Newtown who said that she has always made use of the library, appreciates the assistance of the staff, and has always been “a loyal supporter of the Friends of the Library,” as well as having utilized the reference department for study and writing.Dr Rothstein said that in her 50 years at Lehman College in the Bronx as department chair, associate dean...
Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases.
On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.
Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.
In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.
At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.
Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.