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  • Open Burning Season To Start November 1

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has announced that the annual open burning season is scheduled to start Saturday, November 1. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued Wednesday, October 29, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Permits are $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Permits are for the burning of brush only, whose trunk size is no larger than three inches in diameter.

  • Laying The Groundwork For A Place Of Healing In The Heart Of Newtown

    A rough path at the end of Old Farm Road leads to the top of a hill overlooking a property filled with beds of past-season goldenrod, milkweed pods exuding feathery seeds, and waist-high grasses. Jenny Hubbard, Monica Roberto, and Harmony Verna pause there. They are looking beyond the overgrown brush to a vision they have held close to their hearts for the last year and a half.

  • Environmental Group Concerned Over Concrete Work at Animal Sanctuary Site

    A private environmental protection group has informed the first selectman that it is concerned about development that has occurred at a 34-acre site at Fairfield Hills, near the environmentally sensitive Deep Brook, without the developer first having secured a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for such work from the town.

  • ‘Unidentified Man’ Near Middle Gate School Prompts Security Measures

    Middle Gate Elementary School entered “lock-in” mode for about 45 minutes on Wednesday, October 22, while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the presence of an unidentified man who was spotted on the school grounds.

    There were no injuries in the incident, police said.

    Through their probe, police determined that situation amounted to “a misunderstanding,” said police Sergeant David Kullgren.

  • Newtown Foundation, Others, Partner For December 11 Vigil To Commemorate Gun Violence Victims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, The Newtown Foundation will join Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington National Cathedral and allies from across the United States in a vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.

  • Presentation Slated On NMS School Based Health Center

    An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015.

    The meeting, according to a press release from the school district, will inform all in attendance what types of service the center will provide, how the staff will work in partnership with the already in place nurses office, and what parents must do so their child can access services from the center.

  • 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.