• Rand-Whitney Proposes Factory Expansion

    A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road.

    Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC’s requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Water Pumping Station Proposal Slated For Hearing

    Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport is seeking town approval to build a water pumping station at a South Main Street site near the Monroe town line.

    The public utility firm’s request for a special permit to build the facility is scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Police Planning Crosswalk Enforcement Project

    In August, police plan to conduct a crosswalk enforcement project in the town center to raise public awareness about the state law that requires motorists to yield to pedestrians standing in marked crosswalks while waiting to cross the street.

    The crosswalk enforcement will occur on various unspecified dates during August, according to Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who heads the police department’s traffic unit.

  • Agency Finds Condo Complex Won’t Threaten Aquifer

    The Aquifer Protection Agency (APA) this week endorsed an aquifer protection planning report for the 74-unit River Walk at Sandy Hook Village condominium complex, which is proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a special meeting on the morning of July 28, the five APA members who were present unanimously decided that the project proposed for an 11.8-acre site at #10 through #22 Washington Avenue would have no significant adverse effects on the underlying Pootatuck Aquifer.

  • Caucuses Solidify Democrat, Republican Slates For November’s Local Ballot; Big Changes On Finance Board

    While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at  Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates.

  • DEEP Forecasts Unhealthy Air Quality; Town Officials Encourage Residents To Stay Cool

    NOTE: This story has been updated to include information and comments from First Selectman Pat Llodra, Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and Health District Director Donna Culbert.

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  • Helping Is Healing: Ben’s Lighthouse Group Continues Outreach Work

    NOTE: This story has been updated to include the name of a chaperone who was initially missing from the story.

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  • Danbury Man Charged In Store Theft, Auto Accident At Big Y

    Note: This story, originally posted Monday, July 27, 2015, has been updated to include details about the July 27 court appearance.

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    A Danbury man pleaded not guilty to eight criminal and motor vehicle charges on Monday, July 27, at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court in connection with a Friday, July 24, incident at the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Village, 6 Queen Street.

  • Summer Construction Activity Heats Up In Newtown

    At 12 Church Hill Road, a loader is parked behind a sign showing an architect’s rendering of the Newtown Hook & Ladder firehouse planned for the site. 

  • Two Years Later, The Search For ‘Hoagy’ Continues

    July 28 will mark two years that Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland of Glen Road in Sandy Hook is missing.

    His wife Lori Hoagland is hopeful that he will be found.