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  • Library Focus Group Session Raises Questions

    C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields held the first of three public focus group meetings, Thursday, August 15, in the meeting room of the library.

    In the position of library director since July 1, Mr Fields hopes that the focus groups and comments delivered to him via social media will provide him with insight into what changes patrons would like to see, or not see, in the short term and in the long term, he said.

  • School Bus Route Listings Incomplete

    The morning and afternoon school bus routes for Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School published in The Bee's Back to School supplement this week were incomplete. Several bus routes were omitted.

  • IPN Opts To Field No Candidates For Fall Election

    Following an August 15 caucus, The Independent Party of Newtown announced it would not be fielding any candidates for local office this November.

    Party Chairman Bruce Walczak issued a brief press release touting a number of areas where he said the party and its previously elected members affected positive developments in the community. But he said party members are opting to focus on the community's healing process following the 12/14 tragedy, instead of becoming politically involved this year. 

  • Donations Double Dickinson Playground Funds

    Turning a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) request of $438,000 into a $874,162 project through donated funds from various sources, Recreation Director Amy Mangold said this week that a full scale project for a new Dickinson Park playground can take place.

  • Tree Removal Clears Way For Ambulance Garage Construction

    By August 9, a three-man crew from Timber Ridge Tree Service of Newtown took down roughly 18 mature trees to clear the way for a new ambulance garage at Fairfield Hills. Spruce, maple, and willows trees — some choked with invasive barberry — fell as Bill Landgrebe, Erik Barrett, and Nate Greenfield limbed and chipped the freshly cut wood as part of the contract with Nosal Builders. They completed their part of ongoing site work to open up the area where a new six-bay, two-story ambulance garage will stand.

  • Police Reports August 7 - 13, 2013

    DUI Arrest

    Police said that at about 11:45 pm on August 8, a 17-year-old boy was driving a Ford Escort auto in the parking lot at the Mobil gas station/convenience store at 62 Church Hill Road.

    The boy then attempted to park the Ford, but collided with the front door of the business, police said.

  • Local Man Dies Following One-Car Accident

    Police report that a local man died early Thursday morning from injuries he received late Wednesday night in a one-car accident that occurred on Brushy Hill Road, about 1,000 feet south of its intersection with Platts Hill Road.

    Police said that motorist Gregory Layda, 45, of Mt Nebo Road was driving a four-door 1997 Subaru Impreza compact car northward on Brushy Hill Road at about 10:12 pm on Wednesday.

  • Sandy Hook Foundation Responds To Llodra's Concerns About Distribution

    Dr Charles Herrick, chairman of the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation, responded to a recent letter sent to his panel by First Selectman Pat Llodra. Dr Herrick said he shared the first selectman's concerns about future unmet needs including mental health counseling and related support services to immediate victims and witnesses to the 12/14 carnage.

  • Few Details Released On Police Investigation Of Berkshire Road Home Invasion

    Newtown police on Wednesday continued their probe into a reported “home invasion” on Tuesday morning at a house on Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook, located near the Exit 11 overpasses of Interstate 84. Police were tight-lipped on the case, providing little additional information on the incident, which occurred at 31 Berkshire Road.

  • Home Invasion May Have Included Sexual Assault

    On Tuesday, at approximately 8:53 am, Newtown police responded to a report of a home invasion involving a possible sexual assault at 31 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

    “This is a two-family home [and] one of the units is currently undergoing renovation and unoccupied,” Police Chief Michael Kehoe said in a statement.