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  • Numerous Laws Take Effect Today

    Approximately 100 new laws are poised to take effect in the State of Connecticut today. The new collection includes a temporary moratorium on the storage and disposal of fracking waste, new requirements and Superior Court procedures related to the appointment of guardians ad litem and counsel for minors “in family relations and other matters,” and new limits on information concerning probation officers under the Freedom of Information Act.

    In addition, the revised state budget takes effect today.

  • Anthem Links Rate Hike Proposal To Hepatitis C Drugs, State Law

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said Friday that the company needs to raise rates on its individual-market policies by an average of 12.5 percent to account for rising pharmaceutical costs, particularly costly new Hepatitis C drugs.

    During a public hearing at the Connecticut Insurance Department, Anthem officials also cited federal fees meant to cover the cost of subsidizing people’s premiums and reduced federal risk protection for insurers as reasons for seeking to raise rates.

  • Holiday Closings: Independence Day

    UPDATE (Monday, June 30, 1:45 pm): This notice has been updated to reflect that Booth Library will remain closed all weekend, due to planned computer maintenance. Library Director Brenda McKinley expects the library to instead reopen on Monday, July 7.

    Tuesday, July 1: This notice has also been updated to reflect the weekend hours for the transfer station.

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  • P&Z Rejects Expanding Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    Following a June 19 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members declined to revise the zoning regulations for the M-2A (Industrial) zone located in Hawleyville, as had been requested by the Economic Development Commission (EDC).

    The EDC had sought to have the P&Z add three uses to the list of allowed land uses in the M-2A zone — distribution centers, warehouses, and/or wholesale businesses.

  • Sandy Hook Parents Relate Concerns To Governor's Panel In Wake Of 12/14

    HARTFORD (AP) — In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, communication between town officials and victims' parents broke down at times, ranging from delayed notification about counseling programs to deciding to remove photos of victims from the school yearbook without telling families, a parent told a state commission Friday.

  • NHS Classes Reunite

    Gathering over cocktails and dinner at The Inn at Newtown on Saturday, June 21, were members of Newtown High School graduating classes including 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962. Many of the guests have known one another since prior to their high school graduations, and the annual reunion reunites residents with friends who no longer live in town. Roughly 50 people from the various classes enjoyed dinner and a happy hour at one of the inn’s banquet rooms.

  • Newtown’s ‘Diver Doctor’ Goes 60 Feet Under With Fabian Cousteau

    A chance meeting between Newtown’s “diver doctor” David Charash, MD, and famed third-generation oceanographer Fabian Cousteau during a symposium at Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium last February has bloomed into a friendship that most recently prompted an invitation to Cousteau’s laboratory — 60 feet below the surface of the Caribbean.

  • SHS Project Firm Chosen To Manage Community Center Development

    The Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), which is representing the town in overseeing the new community center development, has selected a familiar firm to handle management as the project begins ramping up.

  • Fire Officials Raise Concerns About Regional Dispatch Proposal

    Fire officials this week voiced concerns about the implications of a proposal to have the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls move about 25 miles from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc at Route 68 in Prospect.

  • Inmates Arrested Following Garner Prison Incidents

     State police report two incidents in which inmates were arrested at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    State police said that at about 8:54 pm on June 17, they received a call from Garner staff informing them that an assault had occurred involving an inmate and prison staff members.