• School Board Postpones CIP Decision Again

    For the second meeting in a row, the Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on Tuesday, September 1.

    A decision is expected during the board’s next scheduled meeting, September 15.

  • Superintendent Delivers Enrollment Update

    During the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 1, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, shared updated enrollment data.

    Dr Erardi compared enrollment information from the last day of the 2014-15 school year, June 17, and the first day this school year, Thursday, August 27, with the board.

    Using Head O’ Meadow Elementary School as the example, Dr Erardi said it closed the 2014-15 school year with 316 students and it started this school year with 297 students.

  • School Board Approves Phase 6 Of SHES Project

    Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management presented the sixth phase of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School building project before the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, September 1.

    “As you might recall, every time we submit a phase to the State of Connecticut, we have to have that phase of construction documents and budget approved first by the Public Building and Site Commission as the building committee then you bring them to the Board of Ed,” said Ms Hoerauf.

  • Interviews Slated For Police Chief Candidates

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the town’s search for a person to replace Michael Kehoe as police chief is proceeding well.

    “It’s going very well,” Mr Mangiafico said at a September 1 Police Commission session.

    An executive-level personnel search committee has reviewed the ten applications for the job that were submitted, he said. Applications closed on August 14.

  • Police Commission Rejects NHS Request For Oakview Road Access

    Following lengthy discussion at a September 1 session, Police Commission members, serving as the local traffic authority, rejected a request from Newtown High School officials to allow limited staff access to the school in the morning via a gated emergency accessway extending from Oakview Road.

  • Erardi Comments On SBAC Results, Seen As "Baseline" Data

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, responded to the state’s release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam results on August 28, by calling the results “baseline data.”

    The superintendent said on Monday that the new exam has no correlation with the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance test, which were administered in previous years.

    “The SBAC test is a different assessment. It just is,” said Dr Erardi.

  • Labor Day Parade Line Of March

    Here is the lineup for Monday’s 54th Newtown Labor Day Parade, as provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown,” and longtime resident and artist Ruth Newquist will serve as grand marshal.

  • Police List Road Closures, Parking Bans For Labor Day Parade

    The 54th Newtown Labor Day Parade will start at 10 am on Monday, September 7.

    The parade forms on Main Street, near its intersection with Currituck Road. The parade proceeds southward on Main Street, turns left onto eastbound Glover Avenue, and then turns left onto northbound Queen Street, where it ends.

    Staging the parade will require that all roads leading to the center of town be closed to traffic from approximately 9:40 am to approximately 1:15 pm, police said.

  • Police Reports August 15-September 2, 2015

    Interstate Crash

    While traveling east on Interstate 84 at about 6:35 pm on August 27, motorist Roger Mavrides, 59, of Canton, Mass., who was driving a 2010 BMW, struck the rear end of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz driven by Lauren Henson, 27, of Southbury, state police said. There were no injuries. Mavrides received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, state police said.


    SUV Hits Guardcabling

  • Fire Reports, August 27-September 2, 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: