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  • Fire Reports, November 13-19, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • BOS Hears About Animal Control Operations, Municipal Building Review

    In two brief sessions November 17, representatives of Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee, and the Animal Control Advisory Board made interim reports to the Board of Selectmen.

    First, the Animal Control Board’s Chair Adria Henderson presented her panel’s annual report.

    She indicated that issues that plagued the newly opened animal control facility a year before had “substantially improved.”

  • Police Investigation Into School Threats Continuing

    Police said this week they are continuing to investigate a threat made against St Rose School midday on November 14, which resulted in the parochial school at 40 Church Hill Road briefly being put into “lockdown” mode as a protective measure.

  • Holiday Basket Program Needs Donations By Friday

    Nearly two dozen Newtown families still need help from the public as Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season approaches.

    According to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Many Monaco, who contacted The Newtown Bee on November 18, there are 20 families still up for “adoption” through the WIN Thanksgiving Basket program.

  • Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

    United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

  • SHES Site Work Ramping Up As State Delivers $5 Million In Grant

    After clearing trees and stumps from the footprint of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, site work to make the new foundation area stable will commence in the coming days according to a Consigli Construction spokesperson.

    At the same time, the State of Connecticut has scheduled the next installment of an approved $50 million in funding by awarding the latest round of grants requested to cover costs related to the construction project.

  • Residents Oppose Allowing Scrap Tire Recycling

    An industrial firm’s proposal for a zoning rule change, which would allow scrap tire storage and recycling in M-1 (Industrial) zones under the terms of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) special permit process, has drawn stiff opposition from some High Bridge Road area residents.

  • The Preserve At Newtown: Wetlands Agency Approves 23-Lot Residential Subdivision

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week granted a wetlands/watercourses protection permit to the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision in Dodgingtown.

    IWC members unanimously approved the application on Wednesday, November 12, following several months of review and public hearings on the plans for the 167-acre site.

    The project is proposed by developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.

  • Democrat Romano Resigns Legislative Council Post

    Just two weeks shy of her first year in elected office, District 2 Legislative Council Representative Lisa Romano has tendered her resignation to Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead and Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob.

    In her brief notice, Ms Romano states, “I have made the difficult decision to focus my energies on professional and career commitments as well as projects in the community where I can make an impact.

  • Permanent Memorial Commission Continues Deliberations

    Members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) heard presentations from two area artists during the commission’s regular meeting on November 13, conducted at Newtown Municipal Center. The presentations were at the requests of the artists, said Kyle Lyddy, SHPMC chairman.