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  • Newtown Savings Bank Planning To Relocate Main Street Branch

    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.

  • Raising Speed Limit On Wasserman Way Under Review

    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.

  • Residents Urge Traffic Signal For Hazardous Berkshire Road Intersection

    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.

  • Borough Zoners Reviewing Pumphouse Proposal For Firehouse Site

    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.

  • Silver Bridge Renovation Project To Start Soon

    Work crews will soon be seen on and around Silver Bridge in Sandy Hook, as the state Department of Transportation (DOT) begins a multimillion-dollar project to renovate and rehabilitate the decaying truss-style span that carries Glen Road over the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to Southbury.

    DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said April 7 that the bridge project technically has begun, although no workers were spotted at the bridge that day.

  • 12/14 Parents Reflect On Governor's 'Devastating' Cuts To Mental Health Support, Research

    In the wake of 12/14, victims' parents including Dr Jeremy Richman and Nelba Marquez-Greene heard state politicians, including Governor Dannel Malloy, talk about their commitment to supporting frontline mental health support and research that many hoped would help prevent another tragedy like the one that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • School Board Authorizes 12.14 Foundation Use Of NHS This Summer

    After discussion and hearing from multiple members of the public, the Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to allow The 12.14 Foundation to use Newtown High School’s auditorium and other rooms for its two planned productions this summer.

    The 12.14 Foundation’s goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown. This is the third year the foundation will involve local students and residents in musical productions.

  • ‘Truther’ Arrested For Harassing Calls To Local Schools

    A Wallingford man was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bridgeport Correctional Center on Thursday, April 9, on pending criminal charges lodged by Monroe police on April 7.

    The man allegedly made harassing telephone calls to schools in Monroe and Newtown concerning the December 14, 2012, shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, charging that the incident had been fabricated.

  • Selectmen ‘Reset, Refocus’ Community Center Process With New Committee

    Residents who had expected to vote on a local community center project at the upcoming budget referendum may not see that question come up until Election Day after the Board of Selectmen agreed to remove the local advisory question from the April 28 ballot.

    By unanimous vote of the selectmen April 6, and on the recommendation of First Selectman Pat Llodra, the planned ballot question requesting to build a planned senior center and aquatic complex using a $15 million gift from General Electric will be put off.

  • Police Reports, March 25-April 6, 2015

    Six Felonies

    Police said they charged William Bruno, 45, of Newtown on a warrant at Danbury Superior Court on April 6, lodging four counts of violation of a protective order and two counts of criminal attempt to violate a protective order. All six charges are felonies

    Bruno was arraigned in court that day and pleaded not guilty to all six charges. The six crimes allegedly occurred in May 2014.