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  • Dispatch Center Now Has Jumbo View of Newtown

    The Newtown Emergency Communications Center’s (NECC) ability to manage emergency calls for service has been enhanced with its use of a large flat-panel monitor that now hangs on the center’s eastern wall.

    NECC is located within Town Hall South, at 3 Main Street. The Center handles all local police, fire, and ambulance calls. It is the answering point for local Emergency 911 calls.

  • DESPP Issues Snow And Ice Accumulation Caution

    Connecticut municipal CEOs and Emergency Management Directors received a Snow and Ice Accumulation Caution Notice last week from the CT Dept of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The Town of Newtown forwarded the information to residents with a February 21 posting on the town website.

  • Town Attorney Reviews Prevailing Wage Implications With Council

    As a means of educating and updating town officials ahead of a period of expanded capital projects including a new Hook & Ladder fire company headquarters, Parent Connection office, and community center, Town Attorney David Grogins appeared before the Legislative Council February 19 to review the implications of Connecticut’s Prevailing Wage law.

  • Finance Bd Asked To Restore Funds Or Hold The Line On School Budget

    The majority of the 20 residents who participated in the Board of Finance public hearing ahead of 2014-15 budget deliberations February 20 either asked officials to hold the line on the zero increase requested by the Board of Education, or to restore the $139,000 reduction made by the school board members before endorsing the final budget request.

  • Confusion Over Federal ‘Recovery’ Grant Application Clarified

    Newtown officials hope to receive about $4.3 million from a US Department of Justice grant that is being administered through the Connecticut Judicial Department’s Office of Victim Services (OVS).
     
    The total amount of that grant application stood at about $8 million as The Newtown Bee went to press February 20, according to an OVS spokesperson.
     
    The grant, which officials initially hoped would be ready to submit this week, will be delayed by about a week as the remaining agencies and organizations applying for part of
  • Public Urged To Comment At PURA Hearings On Experiences With Electric Suppliers

    NEW BRITAIN — Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz is suggesting that members of the public with comments or concerns about their experiences with electric suppliers consider attending one of the remaining regional hearings being held on the topic.

    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold Public Comment Hearings at the following locations this month, which all Connecticut residents are invited to attend:

  • Design For Sandy Hook School Continues To Unfold

    A week after presenting the first designs for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School to members of the Public Building and Site Commission and the Board of Education, representatives of Svigals + Partners were back with more concepts on Wednesday, February 19.

  • BBB Warning: Online Scam Targeting Military, Families, Vets

    WALLINGFORD — BBB Military Line is sharing information from the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CIC) warning about a new website scam in which criminals are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

  • Departing Principal Reflects On Six Years At NHS

    When Charles Dumais first arrived in the Newtown school district in January 2008, he was the fifth principal to take the helm at Newtown High School in four years.

    “There were kids that were graduating that year for whom I was the fifth principal,” said Mr Dumais, while reflecting on his last six years spent at NHS.

    Mr Dumais was chosen to be the new superintendent in Amity Regional School District #5 and is set to assume his new responsibilities on March 1.

  • Reminder: CHB Info Desk Available

    Residents are reminded that while C.H. Booth Library is undergoing its restoration following water damage last month, an information desk is being offered twice each week at Edmond Town Hall.

    Library staff is available, Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am until noon, to help locate books are area libraries. Tax forms and other help is also available.

    The staff is situated in the building’s old courtroom, which is easily found by using the entrance on the southern side of the building at 45 Main Street.