• Annual Forum Will Feature Finance Board Candidates

    Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is again planning to host a Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce the local slate of candidates for the Board of Finance.

    Four veteran finance board members, Chairman John Kortze, Vice Chairman Joseph Kearney, Michael Portnoy, and Harrison Waterbury, have all decided to not seek reelection.

  • Hawleyville Retail Project Progresses, With Wetlands Approval

    Following their review of development plans for a proposed commercial center in Hawleyville, Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project.

    On September 9, IWC members approved the permit for Walter Kilcourse of New Milford for an approximately 4,400-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 1.12-acre site at 149 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6).

  • School Board Approves A Capital Spending Plan

    The Board of Education approved its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday, September 15, with the addition of a $1.62 million Hawley Elementary School boiler project.

    The project was added to the fourth year of the five-year spending plan.

  • Selectmen Hear About Proposed Parks & Rec Capital Projects

    Along with brief presentations by the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, the Booth Library Board of Trustees, and the Public Works Director, the Board of Selectmen settled in for a more extensive discussion of planned future Parks and Recreation capital projects before eventually approving and moving Newtown’s rolling, five-year Capital Improvement Plan to the Board of Finance September 10.

  • Local GOP Launches 2015 ‘White Paper’ Series

    After turning out in force during Newtown’s Labor Day Parade and planting candidate lawn signs around the community, local Republicans are resurrecting what party leaders have described as a “white paper” campaign to connect with voters over key issues or concerns as they prepare to cast local ballots on November 3.

  • Partnership Possibilities Discussed At Community Forum

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, welcomed roughly 40 people to Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall on September 16 by explaining that more events like the night’s community forum will be scheduled monthly to discuss different topics.

    Wednesday’s discussion focused on “Parent Partnership: Influence, Inspire, and Ignite Teaching and Learning.”

  • Breakfast Fundraiser Benefits National Vigil, Inspires Supporters

    Dr Daniel Webster, keynote speaker at The Newtown Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser to benefit the National Vigil in Washington, DC, told the audience that research proves that comprehensive background checks for gun purchases does reduce gun violence and suicides by gun. Dr Webster is director of the Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Center.

  • An Aurora Father’s Story: The Bonds Of Tragedy Connect Communities Of Survivors

    The father of one of the people killed in July 2012 in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings, Tom Sullivan was invited by The Newtown Foundation to speak to guests at their fundraising event last Saturday morning. The invite was sent because of a friendship that blossomed between the Colorado resident and a number of Newtown residents after they met in Washington, D.C., where they had gone to speak with members of Congress.

  • New Sergeant Takes Oath At Police Department

    Tuesday, September 8, marked a milestone in the law enforcement career of Scott Smith at the Newtown Police Department, as he took his oath of office for sergeant from Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead.

    As Sergeant Smith, 32, recited his oath, his wife Sara looked on, while holding their twin daughters Natalie and Nora, who are 1½ years old.

    Many friends and family members, as well as colleagues and town officials, attended the event held in the main classroom at the police station.

  • Police Reports, August 31-September 15, 2015

    911 Hoax

    Police report a September 8 incident involving an Emergency 911 telephone call, which later proved to be a hoax.

    Police said they responded to Hilario’s Service Center at 131 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville about 5:45 pm, after receiving a report via a 911 call that a burglary had occurred.

    Police said their investigation found that the 911 call, which was allegedly made by Alexa Larsen, 47, of 123 Lakeview Terrace, was a hoax.