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  • Fire Reports | July 31-August 7, 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:

    Thursday, July 31: 7:09 am, alarm, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Botsford, Sandy Hook, and Hook & Ladder responded.

    Friday, August 1: 1:42 pm, wires down, near intersection of Echo Valley Road and Old Farm Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Wasserman Way To Close To Through-Traffic During August 10-11 Overnight

    In conjunction with the construction of a new ambulance garage at Fairfield Hills for the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a section of Wasserman Way will be closed to through-traffic for an estimated nine-hour period from the night of Sunday, August 10, until the morning of Monday, August 11, officials said.

  • Expect Route 302 Delays Due To Overnight State DOT Roadwork

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation is conducting a night-time milling and resurfacing project on Route 302 in Newtown and Bethel. 

    The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 7.96 mile segment of Route 302. This project, which commenced August 3, is scheduled to continue from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am until Wednesday, September 3.

  • Dickinson Park Playground Closed For Final Construction Stages

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department has announced that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”

  • GOP Primary Contenders Argue Over Specifics

    STRATFORD — Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney jumped at the chance to accuse his primary opponent of not offering voters a plan as detailed as his proposal to tackle future state budgets and eliminate the personal income tax on middle-class earners.

  • Saving Annie: A Pet Owner’s Efforts For Her Rescue Dog

    Annie, a rescue dog, could not have known her life was in danger, but owner Alison Cole did. Ms Cole, of Woodbury, works at The Taunton Press.

    She noticed something was wrong the week before July 4, “just a little red bump; I didn’t think much of it.” Ms Cole left Annie, an 11-year-old, 75-pound hound mix, with her parents when she went away for the holiday weekend and upon returning, she noticed the bump “was swollen and infected.” After a quick trip to the vet, she learned that Annie did not have an infection.

  • Brief Public Hearing Airs Two Suggested Charter Revisions

    The first of at least two public hearings being conducted by Newtown’s newly seated Charter Revision Commission (CRC) only took about 12 minutes, but it provided two residents an opportunity to air ideas on changes they would like to see to the community’s constitutional document.

    Commissioners Kevin Burns, Eric Paradis, Dan Wiedemann, Deborra Zukowski, Tom Long, James Ritchie, Chairman Jeff Capeci, and Vice Chair Robert Hall were in attendance for the July 28 hearing, which subsequently adjourned into a brief planning meeting.

  • GOP Primary Voting Location Changed, Registration Deadlines Loom

    Due to the likelihood of extreme heat, and no other place in the facility with air-conditioning, Republican Registrar of Voters Karin Aurelia is moving all GOP Primary voting August 12 from the Newtown Middle School gym to the Reed Intermediate School cafetorium.

    Any registered Republican who normally votes at the middle school during political elections should report to the Reed School, 3 Trades Lane, for the upcoming primary only.

  • Peacock Comes To Roost With Newtown Couple

    A wandering peacock chose a beautiful late afternoon to walk into a backyard on Shepard Hill Road Thursday, July 24.

    Looking outside that evening, Lex Nalley said, “I first thought it was a turkey. My cat Cinder went after it, and once it flew up and landed, I realized it was no turkey, and the next morning it was back.”