- Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:29 am
Police and fire officials are investigating an intentionally set fire which was discovered on the night of Monday, April 13, at an unoccupied one-family house under renovation at 52 Taunton Lake Road, overlooking Taunton Lake.
There were no injuries to firefighters in the incident which caused “moderate” damage to the white Cape-style house, which has a finished second-story. The house is owned by Anna Lisek Boland of Hawleyville, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:45 am
Town police plan an enforcement crackdown on distracted driving, focusing on motorists who use handheld cellphones to talk and also those who text while driving.
Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who heads the police department’s traffic enforcement unit, said the project will run from April 13 to April 27.
Police plan to use traditional measures and innovative tactics to enforce the distracted driving laws while participating in the national enforcement project known as, “U Drive, U Text, U Pay,” he said.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:11 am
Sheila Torres, vice chairman of the Commission on Aging, and Marilyn Place, director of senior services in Newtown, announced Wednesday, April 8, that thanks to a Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) grant received in December, the Newtown Senior Center will be able to host three new programs for Newtown citizens, ages 60 and older.
- Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm
HARTFORD — Tim McGraw has announced that on Friday, July 17, at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, he will hold a concert to benefit Sandy Hook Promise. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds of this event will support Sandy Hook Promise, founded in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, with a mission of protecting children from gun violence.
- Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:17 am
HARTFORD — US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on April 13 introduced The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act to provide teachers powerful tools and training to support students’ social and emotional learning. The bill is named in honor of Jesse Lewis, who at six years old was among the children killed on 12/14. US Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is a co-sponsor.
- Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:52 am
Land acquisitions and lot line revisions shared the Board of Selectmen agenda with a request aimed at improving water quality on Lake Zoar, as the officials convened for a regular meeting April 6.
Public Works Director Fred Hurley appeared before selectmen with a memo from the Lake Zoar Authority requesting priority scheduling of street sweeping and storm basin cleaning in five waterfront communities. Mr Hurley said after consulting with Health Director Donna Culbert, he decided to bring the authority’s request to selectmen.
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:21 am
After making an announcement to employees, trustees, and corporators at a recent gathering, Newtown Savings Bank President and CEO John Trentacosta told The Newtown Bee this week the bank will close and relocate its Main Street retail branch to a new building at 30-32 Church Hill Road.
Mr Trentacosta said he expects the new building will be completed and ready for outfitting as a bank branch by late fall, with expected occupancy by spring 2016.
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:18 am
In response to a couple’s recent suggestion, the Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, is asking the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to study and consider increasing the speed limit on the eastern section of Wasserman Way from its current 30-mph posting.
Police Commission members discussed the topic at an April 7 meeting.
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:15 am
The Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, is pursuing having the state Department of Transportation (DOT) install a traffic signal at the hazardous four-way intersection of Route 34 (Berkshire Road), Bennetts Bridge Road, and Gray’s Plain Road in Sandy Hook.
At an April 7 session, commission members agreed to pursue installing such a safety feature there after being presented with an Internet petition signed by about 430 people who want a traffic signal installed.
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:01 am
The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) is seeking additional information from Aquarion Water Company on its proposal to build an above-ground water pumping station at 12 Church Hill Road, the address where the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company is now doing stormwater drainage work for the construction of a new firehouse.
BZC members opened a public hearing on the pumphouse application on April 8.