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  • Hawleyville Sewer Grant Expected To Reduce Assessments, Hasten New Development

    The ripple effects of a half-million dollar grant Newtown received May 19 will have immediate and positive implications for property owners waiting to hook up to a new Hawleyville sewer line extension.

    The new funding stream will also provide added incentive for developers considering new economic development projects in the area, and long-term benefits for local taxpayers who might have to partially underwrite the project if assessments on users fail to cover the installation cost.

  • Local Delegation Hosting Post-Session Update

    State Senator John McKinney (R-28), along with State Representaves Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2), are inviting any interested Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the just concluded legislative session.

    The legislative update will be held Tuesday, May 27, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center. The lawmakers plan to discuss the issues that shaped the 2014 Legislative Session.

  • Malloy Re-Nominated, Won’t Let GOP ‘Short-Change Connecticut’

    Connecticut Democrats poured into their state convention Friday, May 16 pledging that whatever it lacked in drama it would make up for in passion. The more than 1,800 delegates at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford re-nominated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who vowed to battle energetically for a second term.

    And Malloy, who has taken some heat over a sluggish economy and ongoing deficit projections for state finances, said that while there is more work to do, he would celebrate a track record filled with successes.

  • Foley Wins Big On First GOP Roll Call, But Faces August Primary

    UNCASVILLE — Tom Foley, who lost a historically close election for governor in 2010, was overwhelmingly endorsed Saturday by the Republican State Convention for a second try at defeating Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, but he failed to block two rivals from qualifying for a GOP primary in August.

  • NFA Call For Anniversary Event Volunteers, May 22

    Approaching its 90th year as Newtown’s private land trust, the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is seeking volunteers for an anniversary committee.

    In an email appeal sent to supporters, the NFA asked for assistance and volunteers to “help the [NFA Board of Trustees] celebrate the 90th anniversary." Hoping to plan a celebratory event, members envision a presentation, guest speaker, food, silent auction, and more commemorate “all the NFA has done” in the last 90 years. The NFA is Connecticut’s oldest private land trust.

  • Latest Copper Pipe Theft Leaves A Basement Flooded

    Police have added to their expanding list of local copper pipe thefts two incidents that occurred at vacant houses near the intersection of Sugar Street, West Street, and Boggs Hill Road.

    In one case, the theft of pipes from the basement of a house on Sugar Street punctured a charged water pipe, resulting in the pressurized water spraying out of the leak to flood the basement to a depth of about 30 inches.

    Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters responded to the house late on the morning of Monday, May 19.

  • NYFS Partners With Caroline Previdi Foundation

    Newtown Youth & Family Services has partnered with The Caroline Previdi Foundation to offer financial support to families whose children may not otherwise be able to participate in select extracurricular activities.

    The foundation was created in memory of Caroline Previdi, one of the children killed on 12/14. Its goal is to support children in Newtown and surrounding communities with the financial means to participate in activities, including, but not limited to dance camp, art classes, and music lessons.

  • Officials Ramping Up Focus On New Businesses, Economic Development

    With deliberations and the authorization by voters of the 2014-15 budget behind them, local officials are focusing intensely on the best way they see for keeping residential taxation in check — growing the Newtown Grand List. That means increasing commercial activity, supporting economic development, and aggressively working to retain or expand businesses already established locally.

  • Application Period For Armed School Security Officers Closing At Month’s End

    The period for retired and certified Connecticut police officers to apply to become one of nine Newtown school security officers (SSOs) is closing at month’s end. Police Chief Michael Kehoe told The Newtown Bee this week that he has already received numerous applications for consideration.

  • P&Z Weighs Expanded Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    With an expanded sanitary sewer system planned for Hawleyville, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are considering revising the zoning regulations to allow three additional land uses in the M-2A (Industrial) zone there.