• Zoning Officials Review Exit 10 Design District

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing an engineering firm’s proposal for a new set of zoning regulations that would create a “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84.

    The move would add some flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations for an area that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Yale Students Get Their Hands Dirty At Shortt’s Farm

    Shadows cast by a wide-brimmed hat shielded her eyes form late morning sun as Symba Nuruddin, from Berkley, Calif., pulled at weeds crowding a row of beets at Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center Wednesday, August 26. An art history major in her senior year at Yale University, she and five other students this week participated in Harvest, a Yale preorientation program pairing the young men and women with family-owned farms.

  • School Supporters Create Newtown Education Foundation

    Residents Kristen Bonacci, Aaron Carlson, and Casey Ragan are behind an effort to launch a Newtown Education Foundation to support the local learning environment.

    The Newtown Education Foundation’s mission is to “enrich the learning experience for our students by promoting innovation and creativity through collaboration with the community,” according to a press release.

    As the co-founders, Ms Bonacci, Mr Carlson, and Ms Regan announced the foundation on Wednesday, August 26.

  • Lanza Estate Lawsuit Settlements Continue

    So far, six plaintiffs among the 16 plaintiffs who have lawsuits pending against the estate of Nancy Lanza have received probate court approval for settlements of their civil actions.

    The lawsuits stem from the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which Ms Lanza’s son, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 20 first grade students and six educators.

  • Facilities Panel: Scrap Hook & Ladder HQ, Renovate Multipurpose Building

    It appears Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is poised to recommend the current Hook & Ladder headquarters behind Edmond Town Hall be abandoned for future town use once the volunteer fire company relocates to new quarters next year. The panel, however, agrees the community should invest in several key improvements to the Multipurpose Building on Riverside Road — currently housing the town’s Senior Center and the Adventure Center preschool.

  • Traffic Issues Raised On Major Hawleyville Development Project

    A major Hawleyville development proposal, which would include a 180-unit multifamily housing complex, a diner, and a church on land off Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has drawn many traffic-related questions and comments from residents of that area.

    Those residents spoke at a heavily attended August 20 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting that included two public hearings on different aspects of the development project proposed for land near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • Fire reports, August 21-27, 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, August 20: 7:08 pm, investigation, 63 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, August 21: 1:28 am, investigation, 145 Louis Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded; 2:52 pm, investigation, 84 Alpine Circle, Sandy Hook responded; 5:07 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Ready For Lift-Off, 2015-16 School Year Begins

    Head O’ Meadow students were led off their buses to the school on Thursday, August 27, for the first day of the 2015-16 school year.

    Inside the school teachers and staff waited to greet the students, and near the entrance physical education teachers Steve Dreger and Alex Amaru shared high-fives with students.

    Mr Amaru, who is new to the school, welcomed the students with a special, “It’s my first day, too!”

    “Welcome back everybody!” Principal Barbara Gasparine said, smiling as students stepped off a bus.

  • P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    Following discussion at an August 20 meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved the construction of the River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 65-unit condominium complex planned for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.

    Voting in favor of the housing project were P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland and members Michael Porco, Sr, Jim Swift, Frank Corigliano, and Fredrick Taylor.

  • Sports Car Hits Parked School Bus In Sandy Hook Center

    Police report an accident involving a school bus in Sandy Hook Center at about 7:15 am on Thursday, August 27, which was the first day of school.

    Police said motorist Jared Fiala, 18, of 49 Main Street was driving a 1995 Mazda Miata two-seat convertible sports car eastward on Church Hill Road near the Sandy Hook Diner, when the right side of the Mazda struck the left rear section of a parked All-Star Transportation school bus. The school bus was unoccupied, police said.