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  • Finance Board Hosts Officials For Update On Enrollment, Facilities Analyses

    The Board of Finance was joined by members of the Boards of Selectmen and Education as well as members of the Legislative Council for the first part of a regular August 28 meeting, which provided an opportunity for officials to learn more about a townwide public facilities analysis that is in the early stages of rollout.

    Many of the officials on hand also heard from School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, for the first time about plans to supplement the facilities project with details from the latest district enrollment study.

  • Investigation Continues To Determine Start Of Fire That Heavily Damaged Sandy Hook Home

    Fire officials this week were continuing their probe into the cause of a September 2 Alpine Circle house fire that heavily damaged a two-story Colonial-style home on that road in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, near Lake Zoar.

    There were no injuries in the blaze at the Rebecco residence at 40 Alpine Circle where three adults live, said Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief Bill Halstead.

  • Police Reports | August 23-September 2, 2014

    Huntingtown Road Crash, Charges

    Police report that Loida Flores, 23, of 124 Huntingtown Road was driving a 2005 Toyota vehicle northward near 176 Huntingtown Road about 1:50 am on August 23, when the vehicle went off the right road shoulder and entered a ditch.

  • Fire Reports | August 28-September 3, 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, August 28: 3:27 pm, wires down, near 1 Willow Brook Lane, Dodgingtown responded; 6:18 pm, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Berkshire Road and High Rock Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • School District Receiving Additional $3.1 Million SERV Grant

    Newtown School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, joined US Representative Elizabeth Esty, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Director David Esquith on a conference call Wednesday announcing the local school district will receive an additional $3.1 million grant under the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

  • FEMA Equipment Grants Approved For Two More Volunteer Fire Companies

    Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

    Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).

  • CREC To Rename Avon School In Memory Of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene

    AVON — The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is taking steps to ensure that love will always win.

    In an effort to recognize the caring and compassionate nature of 12/14 victim Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, CREC announced on September 2 that it will rename the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary School. The school, which is located in a temporary facility in Avon, will now be called The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School.

  • No Injuries, But ‘Considerable Damage’ In Sandy Hook House Fire

    More than 50 local firefighters responded on the evening of Tuesday, September 2, to a house fire reported at 40 Alpine Circle in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead said there were no injuries in the blaze, which caused “considerable damage” to the Rebecco residence.

    Chief Halstead was investigating at the scene on Wednesday morning in seeking to determine what caused the fire. Chief Halstead also is the town fire marshal.

    No damage estimate was immediately available.

  • Major Subdivision Hearing Formally Rescheduled To September 10

    About 45 people attended an August 27 Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) meeting in seeking to learn more about a 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision proposed for the Dodgingtown section.

  • Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Engine 443 In Service

    The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company is back up to a full complement of firefighting vehicles, now that the organization has put into service Engine 443, which is stationed at the company’s main station at 18-20 Riverside Road.

    The fire company purchased the used vehicle for $5,000 earlier this year from the Town of Southbury. The fire company spent about $28,000 to refurbish the truck and bring it up to operating standards.