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  • Police Commission Opposes Regional Dispatching Plan

    Following discussion at an August 5 Police Commission session, commission members told a two-member town study panel that they do not want the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to change its location from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to either a Prospect dispatching center, which is 25 miles away, or to a Torrington dispatching center, which is 39 miles away.

  • Ambulance Garage Completion Just Weeks Away

    A new flagpole is up, the driveway is in, new pavers are on order, and both interior and exterior work at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association’s new garage are nearly complete.

    Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney said the construction schedule runs through September 5. “That is the last day, in theory,” he said. With the way work is going now, he said, “I think we’ll make it.”

  • P&Z Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Following an hourlong public hearing on July 31, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved redevelopment plans for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, off Riverside Road.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.

    The P&Z’s zoning approval marks a major local hurdle for the construction project.

  • Parks & Rec Asking: 'Please Be Patient' During Final Phase Of FunSpace II Construction

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”

    It was the second time in a week that the announcement had to be made.

  • Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Replacement Project Delayed

    The town project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge, which crosses over the Aspetuck River near the Redding town line, has encountered some construction delays, resulting in the project probably not meeting its targeted August 15 completion date.

    As viewed at the construction site on August 4, one of three segmented box culverts, which will form the bridge’s foundation, had been assembled in place, but much work still needs to be done, making it unlikely that the project will be finished by August 15. Work started on June 9.

  • Fire Reports | July 31-August 7, 2014

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

    Thursday, July 31: 7:09 am, alarm, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Botsford, Sandy Hook, and Hook & Ladder responded.

    Friday, August 1: 1:42 pm, wires down, near intersection of Echo Valley Road and Old Farm Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Governor Orders Flags Lowered

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon directed US and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Connecticut National Guard member who died in a motor vehicle accident earlier today while on a routine transport of training material.

    The Governor and Lt Governor Nancy Wyman issued the following joint statement:

  • Wasserman Way To Close To Through-Traffic During August 10-11 Overnight

    In conjunction with the construction of a new ambulance garage at Fairfield Hills for the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a section of Wasserman Way will be closed to through-traffic for an estimated nine-hour period from the night of Sunday, August 10, until the morning of Monday, August 11, officials said.

  • Expect Route 302 Delays Due To Overnight State DOT Roadwork

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation is conducting a night-time milling and resurfacing project on Route 302 in Newtown and Bethel. 

    The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 7.96 mile segment of Route 302. This project, which commenced August 3, is scheduled to continue from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am until Wednesday, September 3.

  • Dickinson Park Playground Closed For Final Construction Stages

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department has announced that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”