Former Newtown resident Shane Fusco, 39, was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard.
Planning and Zoning Commission members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road.
Police are investigating an incident in which a shoplifter stole approximately $650 worth of shrimp from the Stop & Shop supermarket at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. Police said the man entered the supermarket about 6:15 am on Saturday, August 8, shortly after the store opened for business. Based on surveillance photos, the man was carrying a blue bag, which he apparently used to conceal the shrimp before stealing it.
When the new school year begins, Newtown Public Schools will be equipped with a new visitor management system, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced this week in a letter to parents and staff.
School district Director of Security Mark Pompano explained on Wednesday, August 12, the Raptor Visitor Management System — which he said was jointly donated to the district by Raptor and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) — will scan a visitor’s identification card, such as a driver’s license.
The system will read the visitor’s name, date of birth, and photo from the identification card, according to Mr Pompano, adding that the system will also check all visitors with a registered sexual offender database from all 50 states.
The town has received for regulatory review applications detailing a development project for Hawleyville that proposes the construction of a large church, a major multifamily housing complex, and a diner. The mixed-use project is proposed for approximately 42 acres that lie generally west of Hawleyville Road and generally south of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 off-ramp. The land, near Covered Bridge Road and Hillcrest Drive, is owned by Grace Family Church.
With varied economic development as a goal, an engineering firm is proposing adding flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations by creating a zoning “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84. Solli Engineering, LLC, of Monroe is proposing the creation of the Exit 10 Commercial Design District (CDD) for land nearby that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning. The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has scheduled a public hearing on the zoning rule proposal for 7:30 pm, on Thursday, August 20, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The land affected by the proposal lies along both sides of Church Hill Road in the area between the eastbound lanes of I-84 and the Housatonic Railroad overpass. It also would affect land extending northward along the west side of Edmond Road.
While members of the local business community are voicing strong support for the construction of a condominium complex proposed for Sandy Hook Center, some Sandy Hook residents continue to urge that the developer significantly cut the number of dwellings proposed, although he has already scaled down the project. On August 6, the P&Z held a second lengthy public hearing on local builder/developer Michael Burton’s proposed River Walk at Sandy Hook Village multifamily housing complex.
Police have provided information concerning an unusual multiple-impact motor vehicle accident that occurred on the evening of Saturday, August 1, at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main in Botsford. Those accident details became available on August 7.