• Absentee Ballots Available October 2

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead advises Newtown voters that absentee ballots are available Friday, October 2, for the Municipal Election to be held in Newtown on Tuesday, November 3. 

    Any qualified registered voter may vote by absentee if unable to vote in person due to:

    *Active US military service;

    *Illness or physical disability;

    *Absence from town during voting hours;

    *Religious beliefs which forbid secular activity; or

  • Police Reports, September 13-30, 2015

    Motorcycle Crash

    A two-vehicle accident involving a sedan and a motorcycle occurred about 7:45 pm on September 23 at the signalized intersection of Main Street, Sugar Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.

  • SOS Campaign Conducts Informational Meeting

    Following the SOS (Support Our Schools) meeting on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, campaign Co-Founder Kristen Bonacci said the event was an informational meeting and forum for the community to hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved.

    “It was also to help people know that SOS is no longer just about Hawley,” said Ms Bonacci. “It is about the entire town and being involved in the upcoming budget.”

  • Fairfield Hills Authority Declines Lease With Psychiatric Facility

    Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility.

    In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.

  • Local Republicans Tout All Volunteers Coming Forward To Serve

    In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service.

  • Drug Trafficking Trial For Santucci, Chickos Postponed

    HARTFORD — Jury selection in the federal drug trafficking trial of a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency communications dispatcher has been postponed from October 13 to January 12.

    Thomas Carson, spokesman for the US Attorney for Connecticut, said September 30 that on September 23 the defendants in the case attended a court conference to discuss the status of their cases.

  • Stories Elicit Laughter, Tears From Friends Gathered At Wasserman Celebration

    Knowing that the late state representative and longtime Newtowner was an animal lover and ardent supporter of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, the unit could not miss the celebration of Mrs Wasserman’s life that was held September 26 on the grounds of Fairfield Hills.

  • WCSU Compassion Conference Postponed

    DANBURY — The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers.

    Dr Chris Kukk, founder of the Center and a professor of Political Science at WCSU, said organizers regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.

  • P&Z Conditionally Approves Rand-Whitney Factory Expansion

    Following a public hearing on a proposal to greatly expand the Rand-Whitney Container factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road, P&Z members on September 17 conditionally approved the project for the 18.7-acre site.

    P&Z members agreed that the plans to increase the factory’s size from 127,500 square feet to 308,000 square feet meet the standards and criteria for site development plan approval.

  • Taxpayer Questions Sought For Finance Board Forum

    Newtown taxpayers and residents are encouraged to submit questions they may have about local financial practices, capital spending, bonding, town pensions, the looming “Cadillac Tax,” taxation or any other issues that involve the consultation or directive of the Board of Finance.

    Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.