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  • Sandy Ground Playground Build Updated, 5K Fundraiser Planned

    UPDATE (March 6, 2014): A planning meeting on March 5 determined that volunteers will be needed from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday only. A previous version of this story indicated volunteers would also be needed on Thursday, March 13.

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  • New Area Code Coming To Connecticut This Year

    The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced on Monday that a new area code will be introduced later this year in Connecticut, in the calling region currently served by the 860 area code.

    Because of continuing local demand for telephone numbers, remaining unassigned telephone numbers in the 860 area code are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2014. PURA approved a new area code, 959, to be assigned as an overlay to the 860 region to meet the demand.

  • Ambulance Garage Construction Continues

    Beneath snowy skies that finally gave way to sunshine Wednesday, crews with Nosal Builders Inc worked a crane, lifting roof trusses onto the new ambulance garage.

  • State Official: Charity After Shootings Chaotic

    HARTFORD (AP) — Millions of dollars in unsolicited contributions suddenly poured in to Connecticut from around the nation and the world following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a phenomenon that differed from natural disasters, where donors know to send money to established charities, the state’s consumer protection commissioner said on Friday.

  • Berkshire Plaza Gains P&Z Approval

    Following a February 20 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed revised plans for the construction of a commercial building that would hold retail businesses and medical offices at 146 South Main Street (Route 25).

  • East Windsor Teen’s Death Prompts Local Warning About Laced Heroin

    The overdose death of a 14-year-old East Windsor High School student that police strongly suspect was caused by fentanyl-laced heroin has prompted Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) leaders to reiterate a warning that has been issued by law enforcement and public health officials since the potentially deadly mixture started claiming an increasing number of lives last year.

  • Course Educates Garner Inmates On Personal Development

    A group of 12 men, most of whom wore the plain khaki-colored uniforms of prison life, sat in molded-plastic chairs arrayed in a ring around an instructor, listening intently as the teacher discussed the topics of moral philosophy, such as values, the meaning of life, and conflict resolution.

    The February 24 session at Garner Correctional Institution provided an overview of what the men had studied during a three-month course. It also included the issuance of certificates of completion for their having taken the course.

  • Fire Reports | February 20-26, 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, February 20: 11:45 pm, mutual aid call to Easton, Botsford responded. 

  • School Board Presents Zero-Increase Budget Details To Finance Officials

    Saying she was presenting a spending plan that the Board of Education believes “helps us meet our budget goals,” which in part, plan “for the future needs of the Newtown public school system,” board Chair Debbie Leidlein reviewed a number of points in the proposal that will face further Board of Finance deliberation in the coming days.

  • Voters Approve Hawleyville Sewer System Expansion

    Following lengthy discussion at a special town meeting, voters by an 81-to-11 margin have approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system to spur local economic development.

    Approximately 100 people attended the February 26 standing-room-only meeting held at Newtown Municipal Center.