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  • Dispatchers, Nute Receive Awards For Outstanding Service

    The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) presented an award to the staff of the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South on April 17. The award recognizes the communications center’s expert handling of radio telecommunications traffic stemming from the December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School.

  • Police Reports | April 8-15, 2013

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    Police report that at about 10:30 pm on April 9, they were called to the intersection of Bayberry Drive and Lantern Drive concerning a one-vehicle accident that had occurred there.

    On arriving, the person who had been driving the vehicle involved in the crash was no longer at the accident scene, police report.

    The accident scene held evidence indicating that the driver had been injured, police said.

  • Fire Reports | April 11-17, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, April 11: No calls listed.

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.

    The library support center will be open Friday, April 19, from 11 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

  • First-Ever Split Budget Vote Featuring Ballot Questions Set For Tuesday, April 23

    All qualified residents and property owners are being called to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request Tuesday, April 23. Polling will be at a single location — the gym at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street — from 6 am to 8 pm.

    Those who cannot cast a vote in person may do so during special absentee balloting hours Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon, in the town clerk’s office at the Newtown Municipal Center, or pick up and file a ballot Monday, April 22, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

  • State Completing Design For Glen Road Bridge Improvements

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is completing its design for the rehabilitation of the Glen Road bridge, which crosses above the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury.

    DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week he expects that DOT will advertise the project for construction bids in mid-June.

    It is expected that the bridge rehabilitation project would begin in April 2014, he said.

  • Students Protest Failed Background Check Legislation

    Ezekiel DeLasho holds a sign saying, “Real Men Get Background Checks,” during a student protest April 18 outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

  • Parks & Rec Seeking Support For Park Restoration

    “I think the timing is crucial now to get the project out to the community,” landscape designer Billie Cohen wrote in a recent correspondence to Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Marks. Ms Cohen and the commission have been looking at her schematic design of what Dickinson Park could become in the future — a restored natural sanctuary within and around the existing recreational park, as she states in a mission statement.

    Questions of funding and community support to move the project forward remain.

  • State Warns Residents: Beware Of Charity Scams Tied To Boston Tragedy

    HARTFORD — Following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are alerting residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the tragedy for their own purposes.

  • Following President Obama's Lead, Governor Malloy Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Boston Victims

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a proclamation from President Barack Obama, has ordered US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.