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  • Ready For Lift-Off, 2015-16 School Year Begins

    Head O’ Meadow students were led off their buses to the school on Thursday, August 27, for the first day of the 2015-16 school year.

    Inside the school teachers and staff waited to greet the students, and near the entrance physical education teachers Steve Dreger and Alex Amaru shared high-fives with students.

    Mr Amaru, who is new to the school, welcomed the students with a special, “It’s my first day, too!”

    “Welcome back everybody!” Principal Barbara Gasparine said, smiling as students stepped off a bus.

  • P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    Following discussion at an August 20 meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved the construction of the River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 65-unit condominium complex planned for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.

    Voting in favor of the housing project were P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland and members Michael Porco, Sr, Jim Swift, Frank Corigliano, and Fredrick Taylor.

  • Nighttime Milling And Resurfacing Slated On Route 25

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that nighttime milling and resurfacing will be done on Route 25 in Newtown for three and a half weeks, starting Thursday, August 27.

    The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.9 mile segment of Route 25 in Newtown between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. The project is scheduled to be completed by Monday morning September 21, 2015.

    This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2015 Vendor Resurfacing Program.

  • Orchard Hill Road Incident Results In Five Criminal Charges

    Police said they charged a 24-year-old man August 15 with five offenses following their investigation into a burglary/larceny incident at a home on the northern section of Orchard Hill Road.

    Police received a report that a burglary had occurred there, so they responded to investigate at about 3:46 pm on August 14. Police said their probe indicated that items taken included a television set, some model trains, and an electric guitar.

  • Teachers Welcomed At 2015 Convocation

    Teachers and district staff kicked off the 2015-16 school year on Monday, August 24, at a convocation held at Newtown High School.

    Town board members and elected officials were also in attendance at the event, which highlighted teachers and district staff.

    “Welcome everyone,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche near the start of the event. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I’d like to welcome you to the 2015-16 school year.”

  • Newtown Foundation Slates Breakfast Fundraiser

    The Newtown Foundation invites residents from Newtown and beyond to a breakfast fundraiser, Saturday, September 12, from 9 to 11 am, at Rock Ridge Country Club, 214 Sugar Street in Newtown. The event will raise funds for the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.

  • NVAC To Offer EMT Course

    Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVAC) will host an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course this fall.

    Students must be at least age 16 by the completion of the course. Classes will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings,  September 15 through December 22, from 6 to 10 pm, plus two Saturdays per month, for a total of approximately 170 hours.

    The course will be held at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Headquarters, 6 Washington Square in the Fairfield Hills complex.

  • School Board Approves Lunch Program Increase

    The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18.

    Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government.

  • Police Commission Plans ‘Open Dialogue’ With Public

    The Police Commission chairman has recommended that the five-member elective agency hold special meetings three or four times a year whose sole purpose would be to improve communications between the public and the commission.

    Chairman Paul Mangiafico earlier this month told commission members that such meetings would provide the public with an open forum where they could raise issues of concern.

    Commission members Andrew Sachs and Joel Faxon endorsed the idea.

  • Town Meeting Approves Funds To Demolish Canaan House

    A years-long wish has come true for officials hoping to raze old buildings at Fairfield Hills. Residents at a town meeting Monday, August 17, approved $5 million in funding, an estimated $4.3 to $4.5 million of which will be used to remediate and raze Canaan House. Predemo work should start in the fall.

    Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said there is no specific plan for the area where the Canaan House now stands, “although parking and making space for the community center seems like it is where it’s headed.”