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  • Investigation Continuing Into Aunt Park Lane House Fire

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said May 6 he is investigating the cause of an accidental fire that destroyed a cape-style house at 4 Aunt Park Lane in Hattertown early on the morning of Monday, May 4. The fire did not start due to the presence of compressed propane within two large tanks near the house, but after the fire started, the gas intensified the blaze, fueling the flames, he said.

  • Fight Continues To Preserve The Horse Guard

    As state budget cuts threaten to eliminate funding for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, efforts to preserve the more than 200-year-old militia unit continue.

  • DEEP Forecasting Unhealthy Air Quality For Parts Of Connecticut May 8

    Conneticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Friday, May 8, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for northern Fairfield, Northern New Haven, Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland counties.

    A forecast of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” indicates increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort in active children and adults with respiratory disease, such as asthma, and the elderly. 

  • 35 Voters Seat Unopposed Slate Of Borough Officials

    The “town within a town” that is the Borough of Newtown, an area centered around Main Street at the heart of the community, has 1,280 voters who were eligible to cast ballots on Monday, May 4. Borough elections for a completely unopposed slate of 13, however, drew just 35 electors who cast ballots at the Newtown Municipal Center between 6 am and 8 pm that day.

  • Police Reports, April 24-May 6, 2015

    Moving Violations

    Police report that at about 9 pm on April 29, they were using a computerized “license plate reader” device on the Exit 11 off-ramp of Interstate 84 to check passing vehicles for any pending vehicular violations which are keyed to their license plate numbers.

    Among the vehicles that passed the device were a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu sedan whose license plate number indicated that there was pending violation, police said.

  • Fire Reports, April 30-May 4, 2015

    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, April 30: 9:07 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 12 Lone Oak Meadows, Sandy Hook responded. 

  • Forum Conducted For Incoming Kindergarten Parents

    Standing on the stage at Reed Intermediate School, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, estimated on Monday, April 27, that he was addressing the parents of the Newtown High School graduation Class of 2028.

    The evening presentation was held as a forum for parents of incoming kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year.

    Administrators, district teachers, Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, and school board member John Vouros were present.

  • Help Rebuild Handicapped-Accessible Walkway At VFW

    The VFW handicap ramp at the VFW Post 308 canteen, Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), is being overhauled. Donations are sought to offset the cost of the new planks. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant rails will be installed as well.

    Each $25 donation will earn a “dog tag” to commemorate someone/something the donor wishes to honor, and the tags will be mounted on the walkway.

  • School Board Committee Efforts Continuing

    Members of the Board of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recently reflected on the work the group has accomplished and its future endeavors.

  • Propane-Fueled Blaze Destroys House On Aunt Park Lane

    Firefighters continued to pour water on the collapsed house at 4 Aunt Park Lane more than an hour after arriving on the scene Monday morning. A stubborn fire, fueled by compressed gas within two large propane tanks close to the dwelling, destroyed the Cape-style house. All four occupants were able to escape without injury.