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  • Police Panel Appoints Itself As Search Committee For New Chief

    The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.

    Three of the five police commission members met for a brief session on June 10 to create the search committee, which is comprised of all five commission members.

  • Police Reports, May 30-June 6, 2015

    DUI Incident

    Police report that at about 3:15 am on June 6, they discovered damage to a utility pole located near 97 South Main Street, indicating to them that a driver had struck the pole and then left the scene of the accident.

  • Fire Reports, June 5-10, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Friday, June 5: 6:42 am, alarm, 32 Barnabas Road, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded; 6:03 pm, vehicle fire, I-84, Sandy Hook responded; 9:37 pm, alarm, 23 Flat Swamp Road, Dodgingtown responded; 10:33 pm, alarm, 20 Silver Brook Lane, Botsford responded.

  • Hawley Parents Voice Concerns And ‘SOS’ Message To Superintendent

    Within a week of a Facility and Enrollment Study Committee report presentation, the Hawley Elementary School community delivered a sharp response to the idea of closing the school.

  • Llodra, Rodgers Seeking Reelection This November

    Newtown’s Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra, and her GOP running mate, Selectman Will Rodgers told The Bee June 10 that they would both be seeking reelection in November.

    In a prepared statement, Mrs Llodra looked back on the day she first took office as the community’s top elected leader nearly six years ago, following a successful tenure on the Legislative Council.

  • Three Adults Safe After Boat Capsizes On Lake Lillinonah Monday Night

    Police report that three adults from Norwalk, who were traveling on the Lake Lillinonah section of the Housatonic River in a small boat at about 8:30 pm on Monday, June 8, fell into the cold water when their boat capsized.

    All three people — two men and a woman — made it to shore after the incident, but it was several hours before they were found by first responders and then transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention, police said.

  • Newtown Invited To Support Cancer Survivors, Caregivers At Saturday’s Relay For Life

    As the community readied for this Saturday’s Relay for Life, from 3 pm to midnight at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium, volunteers and Relay team members continued to hold fund and awareness activities including car washes, a beer tasting and a well attended ‘Power of Purple’ Arts Festival June 6 at Reed School featuring performances by a number of area dance companies. That event was organized and presented by Relay Entertainment Chair Michelle Zarifis, pictured. 

  • Fresh Air Fund Seeks More Host Families

    Newtown resident and Friendly Town Chairperson Marie Athans says The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more families to welcome inner city children to a summer vacation through the Fresh Air Fund this summer. With buses from New York City bringing the first group of children to Newtown and area towns as soon as the end of this month, she is still working to pair more children with local families for July and August. 

  • Gaston Analyzes Point To Hawley Closing Costs, Not Taxpayer Savings

    After presenting information, which he said took more than 40 hours to compile with interested Hawley School parents and PTA members, Democratic Selectman and Borough of Newtown Warden James Gaston, Sr said he plans to share a school closing cost/benefit analysis with Borough Burgesses June 9.

  • Serious Accidents Result In Injuries, Snarl I-84 Morning Rush

    Motorists traveling in both directions on Interstate 84 in Newtown on the morning of Monday, June 8, encountered extensive travel delays following serious motor vehicle accidents that occurred on both sides of the highway.

    That traffic congestion spilled over onto local roads during the morning commute, as motorists either sought alternate routes or were directed by state police to detours off the highway.