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  • Traffic Study Sought By Police Commission For Firehouse Project

    Although the Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) last week unanimously approved Newtown Hook & Ladder’s proposal to build a firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road without a traffic study having been performed, the Police Commission this week, in its role as the local traffic authority, told the volunteer fire company that it wants a traffic study done before it would review and make a recommendation on th

  • WSA Rejects Sewering Application As Incomplete For Proposed Church Hill Road Project

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has rejected, without prejudice, a developer’s application for preliminary approval to extend municipal sanitary sewer lines to serve a currently undeveloped 35-acre property near Exit 10 of Interstate 84, where the developer wants to construct a high-density, multifamily housing complex which has an “affordable housing” component.

  • Officials Say Firearms, Blight Ordinances Are Working

    The Legislative Council heard from police and land use officials during its December 3 meeting, as the one-year mark passed on implementing local firearms and blight ordinances.

    Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios and Director of Planning George Benson each spent a few minutes reporting to the council on how the ordinances are working, and responding to whether either or both ordinances need further refining by council members.

  • Selectmen Receive Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee Update

    Geralyn Hoerauf, consultant to Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee, reviewed the panel’s plans for the coming weeks and months during her monthly reporting to the Board of Selectmen December 15.

    The committee, consisting of residents Bill Brimmer, Walt Motyka, Jay Maher, Paul Lundquist, Jim Filan, Scott Cicciari, Mike Marinaccio, Michelle Ku, Kathy Hamilton, and Rebekah Harriman, has met once since Ms Hoerauf’s last report to selectmen in mid-November.

  • Malloy Names Newtown Among Awardees Of New Arts in Education Grants

    HARTFORD—Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, today announced the recipients of a new Arts in Education grant program designed to strengthen arts instruction by facilitating partnerships between schools and artists and arts organizations.

    Governor Malloy announced the grant program, making a total of $250,000 available with individual awards up to a maximum of $50,000, in August.

  • Council Hears From Fire Officials On Capital Requests

    The chairman of Newtown's Board of Fire Commissioners conducted a brief presentation to the Legislative Council December 3 after representatives posed questions about certain fire department requests in the new Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

    The CIP is a five-year projection of major projects planned for the community, most of which are underwritten by bonding.

  • Final Push On To Support Memorial Bench Installations

    Anybody who sees and wants to display their own "WE ARE NEWTOWN" bumper sticker, or those wanting to acquire and distribute them as stocking stuffers this holiday season should plan to visit the organizer of a campaign to purchase and install 26 engraved memorial benches created in memory of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • Police Reports, December 4-13, 2014

    Multiple Charges

    Police report a violent incident at a home on Eden Hill Road near the Easton town line on the night of December 11.

    Police said that Abner Soares, 25, of Danbury, while armed with a baseball bat, went to the home of his ex-girlfriend and then smashed in a window there, gained entrance to the house and then smashed apart a glass coffee table within.

  • Fire Reports, December 11-17, 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:

    Thursday, December 11: 11:48 am, public service, 3 Appleblossom Lane, Hook & Ladder responded; 12:24 pm, odor of gas indoors, 39 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded.

  • Fairfield Hills Housing Issues Reviewed At Forum

    About 50 people, including residents and town officials, gathered on December 11 at a second forum held to discuss the advisability of allowing housing by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus.