• Home Food Composting Program Readying For Local Launch

    For those who are interested in separating food scraps from trash so it can be made into compost, but do not want to do it in their backyard, Newtown residents are being invited to join a new drop-off program, which will be available in town in the coming weeks.

    The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) is expanding organics recycling into Newtown this fall. The program will kick off November 14 at Newtown’s Transfer Station, on Ethan Allen Road.

  • Data Breaches Hit As Cyber Security Awareness Month Arrives

    HARTFORD — The recent T-Mobile and Experian data breaches are a sobering reminder that cybercrimes are a global concern, claiming 556 million victims annually with $100 billion in related costs.

    Ironically, this latest pair of breaches occurred just as state consumer officials were readying an information campaign for Cyber Security Awareness Month this October.

  • Water Fountains To Become Part Of Fairfield Hills Landcape In The Spring


    Two new water fountains and a dog fountain will be installed in early spring along the new trail at Fairfield Hills. Walkers and joggers passing by the Victory Garden will be able to quench their thirst there and at another location near Glander field. The estimated cost of $28,000 will come from a Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) account.

  • PTAs And PTSA Host Board Of Ed Candidates Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA on Wednesday evening hosted an informational forum for Board of Education candidates running for election November 3. 

    Republicans Andrew Clure and David Freedman and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites took turns answering questions prepared by the PTAs and PTSA along with those submitted by community members during the one-hour event held in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall. Candidate and Democrat John Vouros could not attend the forum, but a statement by Mr Vouros was read near the end of the event.

  • White House (Coming) Down

    On Thursday, October 15, a demolition crew from BesTech ripped into the first Fairfield Hills “white house” to be razed in the coming days. The next phase of demolition on the town owned campus involves taking down all the deteriorating former staff homes that dot the western corner of the property adjacent to Mile Hill Road South, as well as an adjacent collapsing green house. Town leaders are also currently determining which of the large former state hospital buildings will be demolished next, a decision expected before the end of this year.

  • Council Hits Road Projects, Ordinances During First October Meeting

    The Legislative Council dug into a package of ordinances, and received a brief report on the status of town spending on major planned road and drainage projects during the first meeting of the month on October 7.

    On the request of a council member, Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee that she requested Public Works Director Fred Hurley inform the full council on the status of Town road projects.

  • Third Community Center Forum Continues Discussion Among Residents

    What do residents want in a community center?

    The primary appeals during Tuesday’s public forum about a community center included space to house arts, senior activities, a pool, an ice rink, and a general gathering place. But with those interests came questions: could a center be all of those things, and how far will the $10 million gift for center construction from The GE Foundation be able to stretch?

  • Police Reports, October 6-12, 2015

    Asleep At The Wheel

    State Police report that at about 8:39 am on October 6, James Damico, 31, of West Haven was operation a 2014 Nissan Altima on the Exit 11 on ramp to westbound Interstate 84 in Newtown, when he reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle then left the roadway and struck a rock wall, sustaining damage that made the vehicle inoperable. The operator was subsequently issued a citation for failure to stay in an established lane.


  • Fire Reports, October 8-14, 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, October 8: 10:27 am, commercial fire alarm, 173 South Main Street, Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded; 2:24 pm, public service, 45 Main Street, Hook & Ladder covered; 7:28 pm, investigation, I-84 East Exit 10 onramp, Hawleyville responded.

  • Police Commission Delays Plans To Hire Officer

    The Police Commission’s plans to hire a person to fill vacancy for a police patrol officer position have been delayed, with that hiring now expected to occur in January.

    The person would fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Steven Santucci, 38, a sergeant who left town service after being arrested on multiple federal drug charges last April. Mr Santucci has pleaded not guilty to the eight charges, which are pending in US District Court in Hartford.