• Ben’s Lighthouse Beacon Beckons Local Woman To Come Full Circle

    Kelly Paredes is settling not only into her new position as program manager of Ben’s Lighthouse, but resettling into the community she once called home, graduating from Newtown High School in 1998.

    Along with her husband, Hernando, and 19-month-old son, Oliver, Ms Paredes moved back to Newtown during the Labor Day weekend, and started her new job on Tuesday, September 2.

  • Dedication Ceremony Kicks Off Memorial Sidewalk Project

    Victoria Boshell pushed her 20-month-old daughter, Emma, in a bright pink carriage up Church Hill Road near Main Street, Wednesday morning, September 10, as traffic whizzed past.

    “We live on Academy Lane, and run out of sidewalks we can walk on in a couple of places,” said Ms Boshell. So she was delighted to hear that just moments before, the official dedication of the Memorial Sidewalk connecting Main Street to, ultimately, Sandy Hook Village, had taken place at the corner of Main Street and Church Hill Road.

  • Finance Board Approves $47K For District's 'Nonlapsing' Account

    During its regular meeting September 8, the Board of Finance approved contributing $47,185 the school district compiled from dozens of smaller line item surpluses in the 2013-14 budget, to a nonlapsing account earmarked for anticipated security-related “building hardening” expenses.

    The distribution will act as matching funds to qualify the district for a larger security grant.

  • Llodra, Erardi To Governor’s 12/14 Panel: Newtown ‘Rebuilding With Dignity’

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr appeared before Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Friday, September 12, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

    In addition to receiving presentations from the panel’s Mental Health Working Group, Safe School Design and Operations Working Group, and Law Enforcement Working Group, Mrs Llodra and Dr Erardi, each provided testimony, touching on a wide range of subjects related to Newtown’s recovery efforts post 12/14.

  • NFA Celebrates 90 Years: Lightning Crashes Sunset Wine Tasting

    Even Mother Nature joined the Newtown Forest Association’s (NFA) 90th anniversary Sunset Wine Tasting celebration Saturday, September 6. Lightning cut the darkened sky, driving many guests home. Sudden rain pushed others indoors.

    But moods were bright. About the looming storm, “I think it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Johnston, one of more than 200 attendees, but among only about 50 people who remained at the 4 to 8 pm event. Rain and lightning began around 7 that night.

  • Key Rock Road Speed Issue Under Review

    Police officials plan to research whether adding more “speed tables” to the northern section of Key Rock Road would solve a motorist speeding problem there.

    That speeding occurs when westbound drivers on Sugar Street (Route 302), which is a thoroughfare with a 40-mph speed limit, turn left and travel onto southbound Key Rock Road and are moving at speeds faster than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit.

  • Wetlands Panel Opens Public Hearing On Cluster Development

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) convened its hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision in Dodgingtown on Wednesday evening, September 10. About 40 people attended to comment on the project and to ask questions about its development. The commission, however, put off hearing responses from the developers until a future meeting.

  • BOS, BOF Approve Demolition Of Hawleyville Fire Scene

    Newtown’s Land Use Department provided a number of photos of the abandoned Anita Pettengill property at 31 Great Hill Road when officials lobbied the Board of Finance to approve a $29,000 transfer to cover the cost of demolition and cleanup of the parcel, which has remained in its blighted condition since a June 2011 blaze.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Meet Friday

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, September 12, at 9 am, in hearing room 2A of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

    In addition to receiving presentations from the panel’s Law Enforcement Working Group, Safe School Designs and Operations Working Group, and Mental Health Working Group, the agenda includes a presentation by Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra and Newtown Superintendent of Schools Dr Joseph Erardi, Jr.

  • Hook & Ladder Allocation May Be Structured As A Grant, Not ‘Gift’

    It appears that a $1.5 million capital allocation that has been pending for several years as the Newtown Hook & Ladder fire company secured and planned to build a new headquarters could be restructured as a grant, with terms. Until recently, officials were describing the assistance being provided so the volunteer fire company to establish its independent headquarters as a “gift.”