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  • Superintendent To Form School Culture And Climate Panel

    After hearing a presentation by the Newtown Federation of Teachers at the Board of Education’s May 20 meeting, Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, said this week he plans to form a culture and climate committee in the school district.

    At the school board’s May 20 meeting, federation members voiced concerns regarding a range of topics, and Dr Erardi suggested at the meeting that a committee be formed.

    The concept for the panel has grown in the last week, according to the superintendent.

  • State Reps Talk Budget, Legislation At Forum

    House Republican Mitch Bolinsky, representing most of Newtown from his 106th District seat, said during a forum Tuesday that the state has to be more taxpayer friendly and more business friendly.

    Resident Paul Mangiafico later reminded Mr Bolinsky of his comment during the evening’s State of the State that raised topics including the budget, legislation, and other issues involving the state’s taxpayers.

  • Kennel Club Donates Funds To Police K-9 Unit

    The Newtown Kennel Club has donated $1,800 to the K-9 unit of the Newtown Police Department to be used for food, equipment, and supplies for the department’s German shepherd Saint, police said.

  • Recovery Project Slates Next Community Forum: Signs Of Suicide, June 5

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next community forum, “Caring for our Youth, Signs of Suicide (SOS),” to take place Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.

    The forum will highlight the relationship between depression and suicide, teaching that most often suicide is a fatal response to a treatable disorder – depression, according to a release.

  • Lightning Strike Damages Sandy Hook House

    Amid a late spring thunderstorm on the evening of Friday, May 23, firefighters from three local volunteer fire companies responded to a report of a house fire caused by a lightning strike on Jeremiah Road in Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook, Botsford, and Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to the incident at 5:55 pm at 27 Jeremiah Road, on the corner of Jeremiah Road and Fox Hollow Lane. There were no injuries.

  • Police Reports | May 17-30, 2014

    Sedan Hits Pole

    Motorist Michelle Rahtelli, 21, of 16 Timber Mill Road was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry sedan northward on South Main Street, near its intersection with Greenbriar Lane at about 12:52 am on May 17, when the auto went out of control, struck some guardcabling along the right road shoulder and then struck a utility pole, police said.

    Rahtelli was not injured, police said. Rahtelli received a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions, according to police.

  • Fire Reports | May 22-28, 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, May 22: 12:01 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Intense Thunderstorm Hits Riverside Neighborhood Hard

    A severe thunderstorm, which passed through the area Tuesday evening, focused its strongest wind energy in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, causing many trees to fall, resulting in extensive property damage and electrical outages in that neighborhood along Lake Zoar, near Interstate 84.

  • DOT Tests Subsurface Conditions For Bridge Project

    State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers last week took subsurface core samples at Sugar Street (Route 302), at its intersection with Elm Drive, for geological information on the soil there to be used in the design of a new, wider Sugar Street bridge.

    The new span will replace the existing Sugar Street bridge which becomes a traffic bottleneck during commuter rush periods.