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  • Emergency Dispatch Bill Could Force Local Centers To Regionalize Or Pay

    It appears while a Connecticut State Police pilot program attempting to regionalize related dispatching operations is being scrapped (see related story, “State Police Call-Taking/Dispatching To Return To Southbury”), a legislative effort to force communities like Newtown to regionalize emergency communications systems is still very much alive.

  • Borough Zoners Reviewing Pumphouse Proposed For Firehouse Site

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) is continuing its review of Aquarion Water Company’s proposal to build an above-ground water pumping station at 12 Church Hill Road, the address where the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company plans to construct a new firehouse.

    BZC members held a second public hearing on the pumphouse application on May 13.

  • State Police Call-Taking/Dispatching To Return To Southbury

    The state police plan to revert to their former call-taking/dispatching scheme, returning all call-taking functions and emergency dispatching operations to their individual barracks in the western and eastern sections of the state.

    In this region, that means that call-taking and emergency dispatching functions will return to the state police’s Troop A barracks at 90 Lakeside Road in Southbury, near Exit 14 of Interstate 84.

  • Newtown’s Dancing Traffic Agent Will ‘Bop And Weave’ Again

    After social networks posts exploded with concerns, unhappy fans and those comparing Newtown to the fictional community in the movie Footloose, where dancing is illegal, a Newtown Police Supervisor told The Bee this week that “Dancing Traffic Agent” Kathy Ballwig Holick will “bop and weave” again.

  • Gov Malloy: State Will Utilize $7 Million Federal Award To Improve Access To Drug And Alcohol Treatment

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on May 18 announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded a $7 million federal grant to improve access to care for people seeking drug and alcohol treatment in the state.

  • Newtown Delegation Collecting Tattered US Flags

    In anticipation of Flag Day, State Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Dan Carter (R-2), J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) and state Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) are helping Newtown residents dispose of their worn American flags in a dignified and respectful way.

    The US Flag Code specifies that old American flags no longer in service must be properly disposed, and the lawmakers are offering this service free of charge, in conjunction with VFW Post #308.

  • Balcony Seats Replaced In Edmond Town Hall Theatre

    Unassembled new balcony theater seating sat waiting in an upper lobby at the Edmond Town Hall Wednesday, May 13. There for its delivery that morning was Board of Managers Chairman Jim Juliano, who noted the many parts that would require assembly. Moving those parts that will soon add up to 158 new seats for the balcony was building staff member Joe Collins, who will put them together.

  • Volunteers Place Flags To Honor Veterans

    13-year-old Ethan Hanna carries a box of American flags, ready to visit Zoar Cemetery and decorate the graves of veterans there. Ethan was one of many volunteers placing flags on veterans’ gravesites, Thursday afternoon, May 14.

  • Walking The Future Grounds Of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

    A nature walk and educational tour of the future site of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary was held on Saturday, May 9.

    The event was open to the public and the tour was led by Andrew Mangold, a forest gardener and permaculture expert.

    The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is the effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, dedicated to the memory of Catherine Hubbard, who was killed on 12/14. Construction on the animal sanctuary is set to begin in 2016.

  • Police To Heighten Seatbelt Enforcement

    From May 18 to May 31, town police will heighten their enforcement of seatbelt use by motorists as part of a state and national enforcement project known as “Click It or Ticket — Day & Night.”

    Newtown, Redding, Bethel, and Brookfield police will join forces during the project, conducting heavy enforcement in each of those four towns. The four-town team of police will be in Newtown to hold three separate four-hour enforcement projects during the Click-It or Ticket campaign.