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  • Firehouse Proposal Gains Architectural Endorsement

    Following an architectural review, the Borough of Newtown Historic District Commission on October 16 granted Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, a “certificate of appropriateness’ for the new firehouse that the fire company proposes for construction at 12 Church Hill Road.

    The commission unanimously approved issuing the certificate following a public hearing.

  • New Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Open To Traffic

    It has been a long time coming, but the new Poverty Hollow Road bridge that spans the Aspetuck River near Centennial Watershed State Forest is now open to traffic.

    Although detour signs were still posted in the area on Tuesday, October 21, the bridge was open to traffic.

    The bridge replacement project began on June 9, and was to be completed by August 15, but due to delays in receiving the components required for the bridge project, the town’s construction contractor did not finish the span until recently.

  • Sandy Hook Panel To Hear From Two Parents

    HARTFORD (AP) — The panel created to develop policy recommendations in the wake of 12/14 is expected to hear this morning from the parents of two children who were killed.

    The parents making presentations to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Marquez-Greene.

    Gov Dannel P. Malloy created the 16-member advisory commission to make recommendations in areas including public safety, mental health and gun violence prevention.

  • Parent Lecture Slated On Internet Safety

    The Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Middle School PTA are set to host a Parent Lecture titled “Internet Safety for Parents of Teens & Tweens,” on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 pm, in the Memorial Room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts, a former youth officer and federal Internet Crimes Against Children task force member, will present the lecture.

  • Connecticut Hospitals Carry Out Governor’s Directive To Hold Ebola Drills

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut acute care hospitals have conducted an Ebola preparedness drill per his directive last week. The governor gave hospitals one week to complete the exercise to make sure their procedures were up to standard.

  • All Invited To Celebrate Drs Draper & Grossman, Sunday

    Two of Newtown’s most longstanding and visible public health professionals, Dr Robert Grossman (left) and Dr Thomas Draper will be the subjects of a community celebration and open house on Sunday, October 27.

  • Bee Forum Draws Five Local Candidates

    The Newtown Bee Editor Moderator Curtiss Clark welcomed five state candidates to the newspaper’s annual pre-Election Day Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 21, at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre.

  • Health, Ambulance, Fire Officials Prepared For Ebola Outbreak Response

    In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection.

  • Open Burning Season To Start November 1

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has announced that the annual open burning season is scheduled to start Saturday, November 1. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued Wednesday, October 29, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Permits are $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Permits are for the burning of brush only, whose trunk size is no larger than three inches in diameter.

  • Laying The Groundwork For A Place Of Healing In The Heart Of Newtown

    A rough path at the end of Old Farm Road leads to the top of a hill overlooking a property filled with beds of past-season goldenrod, milkweed pods exuding feathery seeds, and waist-high grasses. Jenny Hubbard, Monica Roberto, and Harmony Verna pause there. They are looking beyond the overgrown brush to a vision they have held close to their hearts for the last year and a half.