• Police Reports, June 29-July 7, 2015

    Shoplifting Incident

    At about 10 am on July 3, police responded to the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Village at 6 Queen Street after receiving a complaint that a shoplifting incident had occurred there.

    Police said their investigation found that Yolanda Graciela Taveras, 57, of Gaylordsville had taken more than $178 worth of store merchandise without paying for it.

  • Fire Reports, July 2-9, 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, July 2: 5:08 pm, alarm, 15 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook responded; 6:25 pm, brush fire, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, July 3: No calls listed.

  • NYFS And NPC Receive Grant To Address Substance Abuse

    In a collaborative partnership, Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) and Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) have been awarded a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Connecticut Strategic Prevention Framework Coalitions (CSC) Initiative to mobilize community coalitions and implement strategies to address substance abuse.

  • Internal Leaseback Of Highway, Parks Vehicles Will Save $35,000

    The town will use its capital nonrecurring fund to purchase five heavy vehicles for the Parks and Recreation and Highway Departments, and will structure an internal leaseback arrangement that will save taxpayers in excess of $35,000 that would have gone to cover interest payments, according to Finance Director Robert Tait.

  • Supt. Erardi’s Contract Extended

    The Board of Education voted to increase the superintendent of schools’ contracted salary by three percent and to extend his contract by one year at its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.

    The decision came among a series of votes on agenda items before the board heard from the public regarding the possibility of closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment for the 2016-17 year. The board later voted not to close a school for the 2016-17 school year and to continue its discussion about the best use of district facilities.

  • New Trail Leads Through Meadows, Gardens, At FFH

    In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.

  • Packed Town Meeting Approves NHS Auditorium, Road Bonding

    One of the largest Town Meeting turnouts in recent memory drew dozens of residents to the Municipal Center July 6 for a brief but critical vote on spending for a Newtown High School auditorium renovation and bonding for local road improvements. Residents are holding up tickets, both proving they are qualified to vote, and registering their support of the motions that endorsed both spending proposals.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions.

    In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.

  • Sen Hwang Finds More Reasons Than Not To Support ‘Second Chance Society’

    Sometime between the end of the 2015 legislative session and the special session that wrapped up earlier this week, Newtown’s freshman Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) decided to give the governor’s proposed “Second Chance Society” legislation a second look.

  • Mae Schmidle, Julia Wasserman Honored At Testimonial

    About 150 well-wishers took part in a testimonial for Mae Schmidle and Julia Wasserman on Sunday, June 28, held to honor the two women for their decades of local public service.

    Due to health reasons, Mrs Wasserman was not able to attend the event held in the Great Room at the Newtown Congregational Church on West Street.