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  • Off-Duty Newtown Policeman Involved In Night-Time Crash

    SOUTHBURY — An off-duty Newtown police officer was involved in a one-car accident on Main Street South early on the morning of July 11.

    Southbury police said that Michael McGowan, 42, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry sedan eastward  on Main Street South, west of its intersection with Hollow Swamp Road, when he fell asleep at the wheel at about 12:39 am.

  • River Walk Condo Proposal Draws Criticism On Traffic And Size

    An elevation drawing of one of the two large buildings proposed for The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

     

  • BOF Approves Toddy Hill Bridge Grant, Hears About Fuel Issue

    The Board of Finance on July 13 approved spending a $2.6 million state grant to complete a Toddy Hill Road bridge replacement and re-engineering of the intersection at Berkshire Road (Route 34). While that project is expected to ease weekday morning and afternoon gridlock in the area, the Toddy Hill Road work is among the preliminary, peripheral projects tied to a planned reconfiguration of Route 84’s Exit 11 interchange, according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

  • Queen Street Getting New Water Pipes

    In this July 15 view, which looks southward on Queen Street from its intersection with Glover Avenue, workers for Aquarion Water Company are seen using a roller, loader, excavator, and dump truck for a water pipe replacement project. In the coming weeks, the workers will be replacing sections of outdated pipe on Queen Street. During the construction, certain sections of Queen Street lying between its intersections with Glover Avenue and Mile Hill Road will be closed to through-traffic with detours provided for motorists. 

  • Police Plan Crackdown On Speeding Motorists

    Town police have received approval for a $23,800 grant from the state, with that money to be used for police overtime pay for speed enforcement and for the acquisition of speed-detection radar equipment.

    Notably, according to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest rate of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, with one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.

  • Newtown Getting Piece Of Governor's $7 Million In Brownfields Grants

    Newtown is slated to receive a $150,000 grant for investigation of the 30-acre former Batchelder site at 44 and 46a Swamp Road. The former industrial site is rife with a variety of environmental contaminants caused by past industrial activity and resulting contamination.

    Such properties are known as “brownfields.”

  • 12th Man Arrested In Ongoing Federal Drug Ring Probe

    NEW HAVEN — A member of the Easton Police Commission has been charged in an ongoing federal steroid and prescription narcotics distribution investigation.

    In a statement, Deirdre M. Daly, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said that Raymond J. Martin, 48, was arrested on July 14. Mr Martin appeared before US Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam in New Haven and was released on bond.

    Mr Martin’s arrest brings to 12 the number of men charged in the drug ring.

  • In Lawsuit, Former Sergeant Alleges Discrimination At Police Department

    In a lawsuit filed in federal court, a former Newtown police sergeant is seeking money damages, charging that she was the victim of a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment by members of the Newtown Police Department.

  • Hawleyville Retail Center Under IWC Review

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) is reviewing the environmental protection aspects of a proposal to construct an approximately 4,400-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 1.12-acre site at 149 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    Applicant Walter Kilcourse of New Milford is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project from the IWC.

    The project, known as Pogond Brook Plaza, would be built on the south side of Mt Pleasant Road, just east of Newtown Power Equipment, Inc.