• Police Reports, February 12 - March 2, 2015

    Nissan Off Road Motorist Brett Boles, 29, of 56 Marlin Road was driving a 2012 Nisan Murano SUV southward on Marlin Road and then made a left turn onto New Lebbon Road at about 5:36 pm on February 12, after which the vehicle went off the right shoulder and struck a snowbank. He received a verbal warning for making a restricted turn. Read more about recent police activity in this week's report.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Thursday

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Thursday, March 5, due to the weather, according to the school district. The announcement was made around 6:30 am Thursday, after an earlier decision around 5 am to have the district run on a two hour delay.

  • Fire Reports, February 27 - March 4, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:   Friday, February ...

  • Booth Children’s Department Days Away From Reopening

    New carpet tiles cover the floor of the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library and ceiling tiles were being placed Tuesday, March 3, as the library moves toward a quick recovery from a second dousing in just over two years, from frozen and burst pipes. Approximately 10,000 books of the 45,800 juvenile book collection were ruined when overhead pipes of the sprinkler system sent a shower of water over the rear section of the Children’s Department, Tuesday, February 17. Despite a swift response by firefighters and library staff members, nearly three inches of water covered the floor before the flooding was halted.

  • Community Center Referendum Changed To April 28

    A referendum originally scheduled for March 21 for voters to approve a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation has been changed to April 28 to coincide with the annual budget referendum. The Board of Selectman during a special meeting on February 27 moved to make the change.

  • Two Hour Delay For Newtown Public Schools Wednesday

    Newtown Public Schools will run on a two hour delay on Wednesday, March 4, due to the weather.

  • Seniors Fill First Of Several Community Center Information Sessions

    Senior citizens and residents interested in learning more about the new senior center, a phase I component of a larger Community Center project, filled every available seat in the main room of Newtown Senior Center  on Thursday, February 26, as First Selectman Pat Llodra, architects, and planners offered information and answered questions. The purpose of the afternoon meeting, Mrs Llodra said, was “to help you understand possibilities going forward.” Mrs Llodra said the planners “want to share their visions,” and indicating a power point display she introduced seniors to the concepts and possibilities, she said. Earmarked for construction is a site at Fairfield Hills adjacent to NYA Sports & Fitness Center.

  • Hearing Set On Sewer Expansion For Multifamily Complex

    The Water & Sewer Authority has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, march 12, at Town Hall South, for a development firm’s controversial request that the sewer district be expanded in Sandy Hook to provide sewer service for a proposed large multifamily housing complex. A Trumbull developer is proposing a large housing complex for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook. Only three acres of the site, which has a street address of 79 Church Hill Road, lie within the sewer district. The developer wants the WSA to redraw the sewer district boundary lines to include all 35 acres in the sewer district.

  • Closings Or Cancellations? Contact The Bee

    A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect for Newtown, and the entire state. The sun may be shining at midday, but a Hazardous Weather Outlook is also in effect, with the National Weather Service calling for snow to begin falling after 4 pm Tuesday, March 3. Local organizations, groups, businesses, et al — anyone whose plans will be affected by the weather — are reminded that The Newtown Bee will post closing, postponement and cancellation notices as soon as they are received.

  • Home Schooling Parents Upset With Sandy Hook Panel Proposals

    HARTFORD (AP) — Parents’ rights organizations from across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public policy recommendations prompted by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Believing their parental rights are at risks, the various groups have joined forces to form the new Parental Rights Coalition. Coalition members are opposed to legislative proposals they consider to be an infringement. Members of SHAC say there has been a misunderstanding of the report's recommendations, however.