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  • Senate Democrats Threaten ‘Nuclear Option’ To Pass Budget

    State Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session Wednesday of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion.

    With less than an hour until the midnight adjournment deadline, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney stood to call the question, a move to end debate that is considered the nuclear option in legislative process, to stop a five-hour debate that had morphed into a Republican filibuster to kill the proposed two-year budget.

  • Economic Development Update Reveals What’s Going Up, What’s Coming Down

    The Board of Selectmen heard presentations by two key town staffers June 1, detailing a number of comings and goings.

    Brief presentations by Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter and Planning Director George Benson revealed a number of new commercial projects going up or being planned for development, as well as buildings that have or will be coming down after being cited under Newtown’s Blight Ordinance.

  • Facebook Moms Tracking Local Bear’s Comings And Goings

    Anne Scarpa on May 26 thought she saw a dog in her yard from an upstairs window, then realized it was a bear. She and her daughter quickly took pictures as the bear “ate some vegetation, then went through a split rail fence.” She said it went in the direction of Bennetts Bridge. Ms Scarpa described the bear as “very cute and mellow.” She said its movements were slow and it was “doing nothing too destructive.”

  • Police Reports, May 28 - June 1, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    Police report they arrested a Sandy Hook man on May 28 on a warrant, charging him with four offenses in connection with a January 26 incident.

    Newtown police said they received a call from Milford police informing them that they had in custody Frank Edwards, 53, of 27 Yogananda Street, for whom Newtown police held an arrest warrant. Milford police had stopped Edwards there for an alleged motor vehicle violation.

  • Fire Reports, May 28 - June 4, 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:

     

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    A facility and enrollment study, presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, recommends closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment.

    While Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, cost estimates were also provided for the closure of the middle school.

    “This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy,” said Dr Erardi.

  • Town Police, Garner Staff To Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

    Members of the Newtown Police Department and staff members from Garner Correctional Institution are scheduled to participate on Friday, June 5, in the Connecticut Special Olympics Torch Run segment to be held in Newtown.

  • Dog Owners: Time To Renew Dog Licenses

    Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead reminds owners of dogs six months of age and over that their pets must be licensed annually during the month of June. 

    The new 2015 licenses are available at the town clerk’s office beginning June 1 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

  • June 5 Flag Retirement Ceremony Scheduled

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    After Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented configurations during the Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday, June 2, for closing a school in the district, he said the Facility and Enrollment Study Committee endorses closing an elementary school.

    Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, but cost estimates were also provided if Newtown Middle School were closed. 

    "This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy," said Dr Erardi.