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  • Library Board And New Director Taken To Task

    The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library and new Library Director Shawn Fields were criticized repeatedly during the public participation portion of the monthly library board meeting Tuesday, September 1,.

  • Newtown Selected For Unique Solar Program; Public Workshop September 24

    Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program.

    Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. 

  • Residents Raise Concerns About Hazardous Traffic

    In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.

    At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.

    Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.

  • ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season Opener Will Mirror 12/14


    It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 (Glee was the first to take that step, five months ago), but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch. 

  • Police: One Rhode Island Sighting Not Hoagland

    A police spokesperson told The Newtown Bee September 10 that one possible lead in the case of missing Newtown resident Robert Hoagland turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

    Police said that it was another individual, not Mr Hoagland, who was seen walking with a backpack recently near Interstate 95 and Route 117 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

  • Mother Of Sandy Hook Victim To Nation's Educators: 'Real Heroes ... Work In America's Schools"

    (AP) The mother of one of the 26 victims of 12/14 wished the country’s educators “courage, faith and love’’ Friday as they start a new school year.

    Nelba Marquez-Green’s 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ms Marquez-Green and her husband, Jimmy Green, also have a son who was at the school at the time of the shooting and was uninjured.

  • NYC Street Named For Benjamin Wheeler

    NEW YORK CITY (AP) — A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14.

    Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard.

    Benjamin was one of 20 first grade student shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Six educators were also killed that morning.

  • Parks Officials Review Multiple Projects With Selectmen

    Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3.

    Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. 

  • Water & Sewer Authority Accounting Modified

    Seeking to eliminate what he called the “cumbersome” way the town accounts for administrative work being done for the Water & Sewer Authority, Finance Director Robert Tait sought and received Board of Selectmen approval to change the way the finance office handles its salary-related reporting for budgetary purposes.

  • Police Commission Complimented For Queen Street Safety Effort

    Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street attended the September 3 Police Commission meeting to thank the agency for addressing traffic speed concerns on the road which links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road. Since late last year, the town has installed five permanent speed tables on the southern section of Queen Street to hold down traffic speeds.