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  • P&Z Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Following an hourlong public hearing on July 31, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved redevelopment plans for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, off Riverside Road.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.

    The P&Z’s zoning approval marks a major local hurdle for the construction project.

  • Parks & Rec Asking: 'Please Be Patient' During Final Phase Of FunSpace II Construction

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday 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.”

    It was the second time in a week that the announcement had to be made.

  • Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Replacement Project Delayed

    The town project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge, which crosses over the Aspetuck River near the Redding town line, has encountered some construction delays, resulting in the project probably not meeting its targeted August 15 completion date.

    As viewed at the construction site on August 4, one of three segmented box culverts, which will form the bridge’s foundation, had been assembled in place, but much work still needs to be done, making it unlikely that the project will be finished by August 15. Work started on June 9.

  • 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.

  • Governor Orders Flags Lowered

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon directed US and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Connecticut National Guard member who died in a motor vehicle accident earlier today while on a routine transport of training material.

    The Governor and Lt Governor Nancy Wyman issued the following joint statement:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.