• P&Z Considers Revised Exit 10 Design District Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their review of an engineering firm’s proposal to create new land use regulations for a “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Creating such an “overlay zone” would add flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations for an area that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Danbury Caregiver Guilty In Local Theft Case

    A caregiver from Danbury who was arrested by Newtown police after an investigation into alleged thefts from a Sandy Hook client was sentenced September 16 to 15 years in jail, suspended after six years, and five additional years of probation.

    The arrest occurred on April 15, 2013.

    According to the original Newtown Bee report on the case, Wanda Nunez turned herself in after learning that police held a warrant for her arrest.

  • Latest GOP ‘White Paper’ Talks About Balancing Spending

    Keying in on a subject that has a potential to divide certain groups in any community, local Republicans have released the next in a series of white papers focusing in on balancing future spending.

    The GOP in recent local election years has made a practice of developing informational position reports, the latest release focuses on why past and future spending plans are multifaceted and encompass all Newtown residents — not just one issue or one demographic.

  • Hunger Action Month Food Drive

    Through September 29, Newtown Savings Bank is conducting a Hunger Action Month Food Drive at its two Newtown locations.

    All are invited to visit the main branch at 39 Main Street or the office within Sand Hill Plaza, at 228 South Main Street, with donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry at the Department of Social Services.

  • Prevention Council Hears Drug And Alcohol Survey Results, Approaching End Of Grant Timeline

    During its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Newtown Prevention Council heard a presentation by a representative from Quantitative Services on drug and alcohol surveys that had been administered to students and parents between March and May.

    Dr Archie Swindell said he compared Newtown’s data with trends nationally and in the state.

    The 2015 surveys were sponsored by Newtown Prevention Council and Newtown Public Schools. The survey results were presented in two parts: one for youth, and one for parents.

  • Police Reports, September 7-22, 2015

    Sugar Street DUI

    On September 17 at about 11:09 pm, local officers report they stopped a vehicle being operated on Sugar Street for speeding.

    Upon further investigation, police arrested Ryan Kelleher, 31, of Oakridge Road in Bethel, on the speeding charge, as well as for driving under the influence.

    Kelleher was processed and subsequently released on a $100 bond pending an October 1 court appearance.


  • Fire Reports, September 17-23, 2015

    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, September 17: 12:09 am, commercial fire alarm, 11 Queen Street, Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook responded;

  • Traffic Signs Posted For Bicycling Safety

    The town has posted a series of yellow and black traffic signs along various town roads that are popular bicycling routes informing motorists that state law requires motor vehicles to keep at least three feet away from cyclists when passing bicycles.

    The nonprofit Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club donated 32 such signs to the town for posting on town roads that are frequented by bicyclists. The Darien-based club is affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists and the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition.

  • Residents Invited To Take Community Center Survey, Attend Forums

    Residents have roughly two weeks to take an online Newtown Community Center Commission survey now live at ncccsurvey.com. Commission Co-Chair Andy Clure is encouraging all town residents to take the eight-question poll, which should take about five minutes.

  • Police Urge Deterrents To ‘Crimes of Opportunity’

    In view of a string of thefts of valuables from motor vehicles, which occurred earlier this month at Dickinson Park on Elm Drive, the police chief is urging that residents take steps to deter such incidents.