• Help Rebuild Handicapped-Accessible Walkway At VFW

    The VFW handicap ramp at the VFW Post 308 canteen, Freedom Defenders Way in Newtown, is being overhauled. Donations are sought to offset the cost of the new planks. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant rails will be installed as well.

  • School Board Committee Efforts Continuing

    Members of the Board of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recently reflected on the work the group has accomplished and its future endeavors. As Dr Gejda explained, the Board of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee members Michelle Ku and John Vouros are given initial information before presentations are made by district educators for full school board. The Curriculum and Instruction Committee then requests information, if needed, to be added and decides whether the presentation is ready to go before the full school board. Information provided by community members who participated in a community forum in September, Ms Ku said, has been used to guide the committee. Responses during the community forum included requests for more rigor and challenges in school for students.

  • Propane-Fueled Blaze Destroys House On Aunt Park Lane

    A stubborn, intense fire, which was fueled by the compressed gas within two large propane tanks, destroyed a Cape-style house at 4 Aunt Park Lane in Hattertown early on the morning of Monday, May 4, leaving only a foundation and chimney standing amid the smoldering ruins. Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Joe Masso, who served as incident commander, said there were no injuries in the blaze, which was reported to the town’s emergency dispatch center at about 4 am. The cause of the fire was initially unclear.

  • Police Sergeant, Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Drug Charges

    A Newtown Police Department sergeant and a dispatcher at the town’s emergency communications center are among eight men who have been arrested by federal officials as part of an alleged drug trafficking ring. Among those arrested are Sergeant Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, and dispatcher Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport.The charges against the eight men allege that they illegally distributed steroids and prescription narcotics. Also, among the eight charged is a state judicial marshal, Jeffrey Gentile, 33, of Ansonia. The investigators arrested the eight men as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed “Operation Juice Box.”

  • Newtown Labor Day Parade: ‘Celebrating The Fine Art Of Newtown’

    Thousands of people will line the streets in the center of Newtown come Monday, September 7, eagerly awaiting the first notes of the Newtown High School Marching Band that mark the start of the annual Labor Day Parade. The stream of floats, bands, dancers, musicians, clubs, scouts, fire trucks, and tractors that follow the band flows down Main Street and onto Glover Avenue to the grandstand on Queen Street with seemingly little effort. But that feat of organization for Newtown’s end-of-summer extravaganza has been months in the making. Labor Day Parade Committee members have been generating ideas for the upcoming parade since January, with many weeks more of planning to go before residents will reap the harvest of their work.

  • Police Conclude NHS Threat Investigation

    Following their criminal investigation into a reported threat of violence against Newtown High School. police have concluded that that no criminal activity occurred and thus will make no arrests, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said. Chief Kehoe said April 29 that police conducted interviews with six people in determining that no criminal activity happened in connection with the reported threat.

  • Wingathlon Road Closure Notice

    The First Annual Newtown Wingathlon, to benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, will take place on the morning of Saturday, May 2. Travelers can expect delays and some road closures between the hours of 8 am and noon, in and around Fairfield Hills and southern Newtown, and are asked to be aware of and watch out for runners and bicyclists.

  • Reminder: Stevenson Dam Bridge Closing To Traffic For 90 Hours, May 2-6

    The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam on the Housatonic River, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam, which has been in service for nearly a century. The bridge atop the dam will be closed to traffic starting at 6 am on Saturday, May 2. It is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 12:01 am on Wednesday, May 6. Traffic will be detoured using Route 111, Route 110, and Bridge Street in Shelton.

  • Charter Panel Examining Majority Rule, School Board Political Makeup

    Along with its charge of streamlining Newtown’s charter and making it more user-friendly for residents and taxpayers, the current Charter Revision Commission is deliberating a matter outside its charge that some members believe strays from editing and housekeeping and into decidedly political waters. During an April 21 meeting at Town Hall South, Chairman Jeff Capeci told The Newtown Bee that commissioners discussed and took a consensus vote on whether the constitutional document should mandate a political party makeup of 4-3 on the seven-member board of education, or whether the charter should maintain a 5-2 political majority, which is consistent with state statute.

  • Town, School Consolidation Review Resuming Under New Committee

    The Boards of Education and Finance both recently began discussions about seating an ad-hoc committee that would pick up on work initiated in 2012, examining how the town and school district could consolidate certain services to achieve greater taxpayer savings and efficiencies. Finance Board Chairman John Kortze told The Newtown Bee that his panel approved a resolution to establish such a committee in cooperation with the Legislative Council, which would also involve the Board of Selectmen. “We need to figure out what can be done,” Mr Kortze said. “We hope this new committee can identify the scope and scale of what we’re looking at.” Mr Kortze said the panel would be able to utilize a 2012 report developed by Blum Shapiro, and would help “position all the leading town boards and commissions out in front of the topic.” First Selectman Pat Llodra told The Bee that after four years, she believes the Blum Shapiro study is still viable because it has already identified numerous areas where the town and district could consolidate services to affect greater cost savings and efficiencies.