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  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion Hearing Set For August 6

    A proposal to more than double the size of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company’s fire substation at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34) is scheduled for public discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The fire substation expansion proposal will be the subject of a site development plan review by the P&Z.

  • Shelton Woman Appointed Assistant Schools Superintendent

    The Board of Education has appointed a Shelton woman as the assistant superintendent for the public school system.

    Following a July 30 executive session, at which they discussed hiring a person to fill the position created by the recent resignation of Linda Gejda, school board members voted to hire Jean M. Evans Davila, who would leave her post as a Norwalk school administrator to become Newtown’s assistant schools superintendent.

  • Fire Reports, July 23-30, 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:

    Thursday, June 23: 5:14 pm, wires down, near 3 Todds Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Police Reports, July 16-28, 2015

    DUI Case

    At about 1:23 am on July 24, police were called to the town-owned Eichler’s Cove Marina at 11 Old Bridge Road on Lake Zoar because a man there had become involved in an argument with a security guard at the marina, police said.

    Police said they found motorist Daniel Ruggiero, 25, of Shelton parked in his vehicle near the guard’s quarters, after which they investigated and charged Ruggiero with driving under the influence and with possession of narcotics.

  • Change Of Zone Sought For South Main Retail Proposal

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 6, on a major retailer’s proposal for a change of zone for a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street, toward the goal of building a 19,097-square-foot store, plus a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sales area.

    The P&Z session is slated for 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Rand-Whitney Proposes Factory Expansion

    A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road.

    Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC’s requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Water Pumping Station Proposal Slated For Hearing

    Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport is seeking town approval to build a water pumping station at a South Main Street site near the Monroe town line.

    The public utility firm’s request for a special permit to build the facility is scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Police Planning Crosswalk Enforcement Project

    In August, police plan to conduct a crosswalk enforcement project in the town center to raise public awareness about the state law that requires motorists to yield to pedestrians standing in marked crosswalks while waiting to cross the street.

    The crosswalk enforcement will occur on various unspecified dates during August, according to Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who heads the police department’s traffic unit.

  • Agency Finds Condo Complex Won’t Threaten Aquifer

    The Aquifer Protection Agency (APA) this week endorsed an aquifer protection planning report for the 74-unit River Walk at Sandy Hook Village condominium complex, which is proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a special meeting on the morning of July 28, the five APA members who were present unanimously decided that the project proposed for an 11.8-acre site at #10 through #22 Washington Avenue would have no significant adverse effects on the underlying Pootatuck Aquifer.

  • Caucuses Solidify Democrat, Republican Slates For November’s Local Ballot; Big Changes On Finance Board

    While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at  Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates.