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  • P&Z Endorses Hook & Ladder Firehouse Plan

    Following discussion at a November 20 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) session, P&Z members unanimously endorsed Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company, No. 1’s proposal to build a firehouse on Church Hill Road to replace the town-owned firehouse at 45 Main Street which the fire company now uses. The fire company is seeking a special permit from the Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) to build a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site, which would have the street address of 12 Church Hill Road. Trinity Episcopal Church of 36 Main Street now owns that land which it would sell to the fire company for $500,000, if the company receives all required regulatory approvals for the construction project. Rob Manna, representing Hook & Ladder, told P&Z members that the firehouse which the fire company now uses is in “deplorable condition.”

  • Closings & Cancellations Piling Up

    In response to the snowstorm that has reached the area, businesses and organizations have begun announcing program cancellations and/or early closing plans. Readers who would like to have their closings or cancellations announced are invited to call 203-426-3141 or send an email to editor@thebee.com.

  • Police Reports, November 17 - 22, 2014

    While waiting a red traffic signal, motorist Raymond Hoesten, 71, of 46 Underhill Road, who was driving a 2010 GMC Acadia SUV, rolled backward and struck the front end of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan driven by Sandra Navone, 55, of 165 Hanover Road, police said. There were no injuries. Police said they issued Hoesten a misdemeanor summons on charges of unsafe movement, driving with a suspended license, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to have automotive insurance. Read more about recent police activity in this week's report.

  • Fire Reports, November 20 - 26, 2014

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

  • Turkey Trot Traffic Note, Weather Watch

    The 2014 Newtown Savings Bank Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, to benefit the C. H. Booth Library, will take place Thursday morning. Travelers can expect brief delays and road closures Thursday, November 28, between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 am, in and around the center of town.

  • Old Hawleyville Post Office Demolished; Site Redevelopment Planned

    The building that had served as Hawleyville’s post office for decades was swiftly torn down this week by a town crew wielding an excavator. The structure fell to the ground in pieces at the site where the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company plans a redevelopment project starting next spring. Hawleyville Fire Chief John Basso said that site improvements will start in the spring when area asphalt plants reopen. The fire company plans to pave the area where the post office stood, expanding an existing parking lot. In the future, the fire company may put the land where the post office stood to some other use, according to the chief.

  • Partnership And Communication Essential, Says Superintendent, In Response To Lanza Report

    On Monday, November 24, Dr Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, superintendent of the Newtown school district, responded to the report from the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), released Friday, November 21, saying that his first thoughts go directly to the victims’ families. “How can I offer any kind of assistance to families?” he asked. The report was prepared in response to a directive from the Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel to review Adam Lanza’s life prior to the commission of mass murder, and develop recommendations for public health system improvements. Failure of the Newtown schools to follow established guidelines and multiple examples of lack of coordination for services are among the many findings in the report.

  • Schools Closed Wednesday, Due To Weather

    The Newtown Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, November 26, due to anticipated weather. The school disctrict announced the decision Tuesday on its website, www.newtown.k12.ct.us, sharing that all Newtown Public Schools will be closed for Wednesday.

  • Town Offices, Library Closing Wednesday At 12:30 (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: Booth Library will also be closing at 12:30 November 26. || Newtown Director of Communications Maureen Will has issued a CodeRed notice that is being delivered to those who have registered for the service, alerting residents that town offices will be closing early on Wednesday, November 26. "Following the governor's lead, Newtown Municipal Center and town offices will be closing at 12:30 tomorrow," Ms Will said in the recorded message. All non-essential town employees will be sent home at that time, she added.

  • Letters Spark Concern At NHS, Responsible Party Found

    Following a number of letters sent to Newtown High School students in recent days, the school announced Monday night, November 24, the responsible individual has been determined and measures are being taken. According to the school the letters, which were received in the mail, contained personal information and “sexually explicit comments. While nothing in any of these letters posed threats of violence to anyone, they were nonetheless disturbing in nature,” said a letter sent to parents by NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue.