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  • Widower Celebrates His Beloved 64 Years After Meeting At ‘Fairfield Hospital’

    Sixty-four years ago, former Fairfield Hills worker Joe Howard was at his regular post on the second floor of Shelton House. His job was to monitor the facility’s newly hired student nurses as they arrived for their first day of work.

    He remembers it as though it were yesterday.

  • Local Registrars Reviewing Compromise Language In Proposed Bill

    While local registrars withheld comment on the matter, Democratic Registrar LeReine Frampton said she and her Republican colleague JoAnne Albanesi were looking forward to reviewing the full detail of what she described as a “compromise bill” that was voted out of the Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee on March 31.

  • Team 26 Faces Chilly Start, Warm Receptions On Third Annual Ride To Washington

    When Newtown’s Team 26 cycling leader Monte Frank paraphrased the postal carrier’s credo ahead of the cycling group’s departure to Washington, DC, Saturday, March 28: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” he forgot to mention the cold.

  • Council Moves $111 Million Budget Plan To Voters With Tax, Mill Rate Decrease

    Despite a brief and unsuccessful attempt to eliminate the school district’s requested 0.34 percent budget increase, the Legislative Council unanimously voted to send a budget plan to referendum representing the first tax rate decrease in memory.

    On April 1, the council endorsed a 2015-16 budget proposal of $111,730,513, representing a 0.6 percent spending increase over the current year.

  • Fire Reports, March 26-April 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:

    Thursday, March 26: No calls listed.

    Friday, March 27: 7:01 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 4 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Town's Artificial Playing Fields Open; Others Still Closed

    Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that the synthetic/artificial fields at Treadwell Park and Tilson Field have both opened for regular scheduled use as of today.

    “All other natural surface fields will remain closed until further notice,” the department announced via email early Thursday afternoon.

  • Spring Project Will See Extended Trail At FFH

    Trails at Fairfield Hills will be extended this spring, adding nearly another paved mile through the sprawling, scenic campus.

    Addressing the Fairfield Hills Authority earlier this month, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold explained the trails project, which will extend the existing paved passive recreation surface. With a budgeted $300,000 in this year’s capital improvement plan (CIP), a recent bid came in from LRM Construction for $291,000, which was “great,” Ms Mangold said.

  • Realtors See Steady Improvement In Local Market

    Newtown Board of Realtors president Barbara Frey is pleased with the direction the housing market in Newtown is headed this year. “There’s a real positive feeling in the air,” she said. Despite year-to-date sales slightly off from this time one year ago (60 homes sold since January 2015 versus 66 that period in 2014), it is an “extremely active market right now. Agents tell me they are busy morning to night,” Ms Frey said. Fifty-two homes have recently gone under deposit. There are an additional 23 pending sales, as of March 25.

  • Police Reports, March 20-31, 2015

    Escalade Vs Civic

    Police report a two-vehicle accident on southbound Main Street, near the flagpole intersection, at about 4 pm on March 28.

    Police said that motorist Michael Maddox, 44, of 39 Alpine Circle, who was driving a 2009 Cadillac Escalade SUV, struck the rear end of a 2005 Honda Civic sedan driven by Kelsey Rahmlow, 21, of 27 Bridge End Farm Lane. Police said that Maddox then drove away from the accident scene. There were no injuries.

  • Town Turf Fields Still Closed

    Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that the turf fields at Treadwell Park and Tilson Field will once again remain closed for at least another 24 hours, if not longer. The fields have not yet been opened for the season.

    In an announcement issued early Wednesday afternoon, April 1, the town department said that as of today “approximately 20-25% of the surface is still frozen therefore the field is not safe to open. This primarily includes the corners and sideline areas directly adjacent to the edges.