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  • Long-Time Conservation Commissioner Resigns

    With more than 15 years of service to the town and a volunteer dedicated to land preservation, Conservation Commission Vice Chairman Joe Hovious is stepping down. Mr Hovious submitted his resignation, which the commission learned at its October 6 meeting.

    “His dedication and expertise has been invaluable and he will be sorely missed by all,” Commission Chairman Ann Astarita said.

  • 12/14 Memorial Commission Still In Info-Gathering Phase

    At the Thursday, October 9, meeting of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, said Chairman Kyle Lyddy, the group heard from sixth grader Ben Paley and Sandy Hook School art teacher Leslie Gunn. Ms Gunn and Ben presented a plan for a small monument honoring the events of 12/14 and those who died that day. Ben was a fourth grade student at the time of the SHS shooting.

  • Two New Officers Bring Police Department To Full Complement

    With the hiring of two new police patrol officers, the police department is now up to its full complement of 45 sworn members.

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead gave the oath of office to both officers in ceremonies held on October 2 at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • P&Z Approves Taunton Lane Subdivision

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has approved a three-lot residential subdivision for the west side of Taunton Lane, about 650 feet south of Mt Pleasant Road (US Route 6).

    Following a recent public hearing, P&Z members approved the project for 10 Taunton Lane for a firm known as Ten Taunton Lane, LLC, which owns the 11.8-acre site. The site currently holds one house.

    The developer initially had proposed designating 2.2 acres at the site as open space land.

  • Ambulance Garage Opening To Be A Two-Day Event

    Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members have moved in to their new ambulance garage with its driveway on Wasserman Way, and have already held training classes there. After more than a year of construction, the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association’s (NVAA) Board of Trustees received the official certificate of occupancy for its new home of operations, and welcomes officials, first responders, and the public during two days this weekend.

  • Bobcats Are Unwelcome Visitors To Scudder Road Property

    For the past week, Rick and Stacy Hirst have been keeping a close eye on their newest neighbors. What appears to be a mother bobcat and her two youngsters have been making regular appearances at their 16 Scudder Road property, at various times of the day.

  • Candidates Square Off At Newtown Action Alliance Forum

    As a preview to The Newtown Bee’s annual Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21, Newtown Action Alliance held a scaled down session that featured four individuals running for state offices in districts that include or overlap the community.

  • NHS Events Will Affect Parks & Rec Programs Tonight, Tomorrow

    Newtown Parks & Recreation programs that were scheduled at Newtown High School today and tomorrow may be affected due to a pair of NHS programs.

    Anyone planning to present or participate in a Parks & Rec event should note the following, per Parks & Rec:

  • School Superintendent Praises Police Command Staff

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico has told Police Commission members that the superintendent of schools has commended Newtown Police Department command staff members for their work following the October 1 bomb threat received at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe.

  • Town Razes Great Hill Road House Damaged By Past Fire

    A Danbury firm hired by the town has demolished a Great Hill Road house that was heavily damaged by a June 2011 fire of undetermined origin.

    The demolition eliminates the previously hazardous conditions at the property. The presence of the wreckage had drawn concerns from people living in the neighborhood.