• Police: Half Of Local Domestic Abuse Responses Involve ‘High Danger’ Threat

    As more of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies are joining Newtown’s Police Department using a nationally recognized risk assessment tool when responding to domestic violence calls, local officers employing their recently implemented “Lethality Assessment” interview are finding that half the local victims and their families are reporting “high danger” threats. Newtown’s Police Department implemented the program in late 2014 under the supervision of Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele, and as of June 1, the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is being implemented by more than half of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies. Overseen by Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), the Lethality Assessment Program is further strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence agencies. Officers responding to calls for domestic violence use an evidence-based screening tool to quickly assess those victims at the highest risk for increased or fatal violence.

  • Carnival Cancelled

    Due to the rain, tonight's final outing of the St Rose Parish Carnival has been cancelled.

  • Communities Touched By Tragedy United Through Survivor Tree

    One sapling pear tree stands amid a patch of tall grass in Fairfield Hills. Others are in an open swath where a new walkway cuts through the field. Another young tree sits within view of a picnic table alongside the Victory Garden. Each tree comes from an original tree that stood near the Twin Towers and survived the 9/11 attack.

  • Charter Hearing Will Consider Town Meeting’s Demise

    Charter Revision Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci will consider it a success if a planned public hearing on the current revision — which includes a proposal to eliminate town meetings — will draw more public response than those poorly attended gatherings where millions of dollars is typically authorized by a handful of residents. While not officially slated yet, Mr Capeci said he expects that hearing will occur ahead of a regular Legislative Council meeting on July 15.

  • Town Disaster Mitigation Plan Gains Federal Approval

    The town has gained federal approval for the Newtown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a planning document which the town will use in preparing to reduce the potential damage caused by natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has endorsed the plan, which has been six years in the making, said Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use. The town and nine other communities in the region have participated in creating such preparedness documents. Mr Sibley, who is also a town deputy director of emergency management, said Newtown’s plan is being submitted for state review. The plan stems from the US Disaster Mitigation Act, which was approved by Congress in 2000. That law creates a national program for “pre-disaster mitigation” or physical measures which can be taken before natural disasters occur to lessen the damage caused by natural disasters. Such measures are intended to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to people and property caused by natural disasters. After a state endorsement is received, the 444-page document would be posted on the town’s website, Mr Sibley said.

  • Steel Framework At Sandy Hook Elementary To Be ‘Topped Off’ June 30

    Next Tuesday’s “topping off” ceremony, where the final steel construction beam at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School is signed by the entire construction team and hoisted into place, will mark a significant milestone in the critical local building project that one key official involved said is going extremely well. Public Building and Site Commission Chair Robert Mitchell had high praise for everyone including the architects, building contractors, the project management. He also acknowledged the contributions of his own committee whose volunteer members have collectively devoted hundreds of hours to overseeing thousands of details going back to before the original building, scarred by the 12/14 tragedy, was even being considered for demolition and replacement. The topping off activity Tuesday, June 30, Mr Mitchell said, will mark the completion of a key phase of the project’s prolonged development.

  • Preliminary SHS Playground Designs Presented To PB&S

    Preliminary designs for the new Sandy Hook School building’s playgrounds were presented by representatives of a design firm at the Tuesday, June 23, Public Building & Site Commission meeting. The commission also heard a presentation on the artwork planned for the school during the meeting. A number of meetings were held with a school playground committee, according to William Richter, a principal of Richter & Cegan of Avon, a landscape architecture and urban design firm.

  • Rolled Dump Truck Closes Botsford Hill Road For Six Hours

    A large, loaded 12-wheel construction dump truck, which was traveling on Botsford Hill Road early on the afternoon of Saturday, June 20, flipped over onto its right side and leaked diesel fuel. The 54-male driver of the vehicle suffered only minor injuries, but the incident triggered an environmental cleanup project that caused a section of that street to close to through-traffic for more than six hours, resulting in detours, officials said.

  • Four Vehicles Involved In Flagpole Intersection Crash

    An accident involving four SUVs occurred at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street at about 7:07 pm on June 20. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported two people to the hospital, and Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to assess damage to the vehicles, and isolate fluids from vehicles.

  • Route 34 Bridge Atop Stevenson Dam To Be Closed June 27-30

    The section of Route 34 located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow for maintenance on the dam’s floodgates. The road closure is planned to last for a for a total of 90 hours. The Route 34 road section atop the dam will be closed starting at 6 am on Saturday, June 27, with the closure continuing for all of Sunday, June 28, Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30.