• Police Reports, August 11 - 19, 2015

    Evading Responsibility

    Police report a two-vehicle accident in which the driver who caused the crash on Botsford Hill Road fled the scene at about 3:42 pm on August 12.

  • Dylan’s Wings Of Change To Launch ‘Wingman’ Program Pilots

    After the tragic death of their 6-year-old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook School shooting, Nicole and Ian Hockley established Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan that is committed to helping children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential.

  • Town Meeting Approves Funds To Demolish Canaan House

    A years-long wish has come true for officials hoping to raze old buildings at Fairfield Hills. Residents at a town meeting Monday, August 17, approved $5 million in funding, an estimated $4.3 to $4.5 million of which will be used to remediate and raze Canaan House. Predemo work should start in the fall.

    Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said there is no specific plan for the area where the Canaan House now stands, “although parking and making space for the community center seems like it is where it’s headed.”

  • P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    An elevation drawing of two of the smaller apartment buildings at The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village shows architectural detailing for the structures that will be part of the planned 65-unit condominium complex.

  • Gun Safety Advocates File State Ethics Watchdog Complaint Against NRA

    HARTFORD — The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) national political action committee (PAC) appears to have illegally funded Connecticut political spending, according to a complaint filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by Connecticut citizens and gun safety advocates on August 19. The complaint charges that the NRA’s federal PAC likely funneled improper campaign contributions to state politicians, and appears to have secretly given their state affiliate as much as $20,000, in violation of Connecticut state law. 

  • Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan Has More Placeholders Than Ever

    The first draft of Newtown’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the five-year roadmap for determining both timing and spending for major local projects, is much more colorful than in years past.

  • Ten Applications Received For Newtown’s Top PD Position

    The town has received ten job applications from people seeking to become its new police chief starting in January.

    That person would replace Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who will retire after more than 37 years as a local police officer.

    Chief Kehoe has headed the police department since July 1999, initially as acting police chief, and in 2001 becoming permanent chief. On June 2, Chief Kehoe announced that he would retire.

  • IWC Hearings Delayed On Hawleyville Mixed-Use Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has modified its schedule for two public hearings to be held to review a mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville, which would include a condominium complex, a church, and a diner at a site near Exit 9 of Interstate 84.

    IWC members initially had planned to start their regulatory review process at their August 26 meeting. But that review has been delayed for scheduling reasons, according to Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use.

  • Beginning October 1: Sunday Deer Hunting To Be Allowed On Private Land During Archery Season In Most Parts Of State

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced August 19 that bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state. There are three districts in north central Connecticut where the hunting will remain prohibited.

    DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson said the new opportunity for hunters “will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems

  • Fire Reports, August 13 - 19, 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, August 13: 9:19 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, August 14: 11:08 am, alarm, 3 Nunnawauk Road, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded;