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  • Police Reports | May 7-22, 2014

    Berkshire Road Collision

    A two-vehicle collision happened about 4:15 pm on May 7 near 32 Berkshire Road, near that street’s intersection with Toddy Hill Road.

    In that incident, motorist Crystal Anderson, 21, of Danbury, who was driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy SUV, struck the rear end of a 2009 Ford Edge SUV driven by Gloria Benkowski, 56, of 119 Berkshire Road, police report.

  • Longtime Lieutenant Leaves Police Department

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe said May 16 that Lieutenant George Sinko, 49, who served as a town police officer for nearly 25 years, had submitted his letter of retirement from the police department, effectively resigning from the organization on May 14.

    Chief Kehoe declined to disclose the contents of the departure letter, which Mr Sinko submitted, saying that the matter would be reviewed by the five-member Police Commission when it next meets on June 3.

  • NHS Principal, Reed Assistant Principal— School Board Fills Administrative Positions

    The Board of Education unanimously hired Lorrie Rodrigue of Oxford to fill the position of principal at Newtown High School and Jill Bontatibus Beaudry of Newtown for the assistant principal position at Reed Intermediate School during its meeting on Tuesday, May 20.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission has a vacant positions available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.

  • Hawleyville Sewer Grant Expected To Reduce Assessments, Hasten New Development

    The ripple effects of a half-million dollar grant Newtown received May 19 will have immediate and positive implications for property owners waiting to hook up to a new Hawleyville sewer line extension.

    The new funding stream will also provide added incentive for developers considering new economic development projects in the area, and long-term benefits for local taxpayers who might have to partially underwrite the project if assessments on users fail to cover the installation cost.

  • Local Delegation Hosting Post-Session Update

    State Senator John McKinney (R-28), along with State Representaves Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2), are inviting any interested Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the just concluded legislative session.

    The legislative update will be held Tuesday, May 27, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center. The lawmakers plan to discuss the issues that shaped the 2014 Legislative Session.

  • Malloy Re-Nominated, Won’t Let GOP ‘Short-Change Connecticut’

    Connecticut Democrats poured into their state convention Friday, May 16 pledging that whatever it lacked in drama it would make up for in passion. The more than 1,800 delegates at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford re-nominated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who vowed to battle energetically for a second term.

    And Malloy, who has taken some heat over a sluggish economy and ongoing deficit projections for state finances, said that while there is more work to do, he would celebrate a track record filled with successes.

  • Foley Wins Big On First GOP Roll Call, But Faces August Primary

    UNCASVILLE — Tom Foley, who lost a historically close election for governor in 2010, was overwhelmingly endorsed Saturday by the Republican State Convention for a second try at defeating Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, but he failed to block two rivals from qualifying for a GOP primary in August.

  • NFA Call For Anniversary Event Volunteers, May 22

    Approaching its 90th year as Newtown’s private land trust, the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is seeking volunteers for an anniversary committee.

    In an email appeal sent to supporters, the NFA asked for assistance and volunteers to “help the [NFA Board of Trustees] celebrate the 90th anniversary." Hoping to plan a celebratory event, members envision a presentation, guest speaker, food, silent auction, and more commemorate “all the NFA has done” in the last 90 years. The NFA is Connecticut’s oldest private land trust.

  • Latest Copper Pipe Theft Leaves A Basement Flooded

    Police have added to their expanding list of local copper pipe thefts two incidents that occurred at vacant houses near the intersection of Sugar Street, West Street, and Boggs Hill Road.

    In one case, the theft of pipes from the basement of a house on Sugar Street punctured a charged water pipe, resulting in the pressurized water spraying out of the leak to flood the basement to a depth of about 30 inches.

    Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters responded to the house late on the morning of Monday, May 19.