• Growing Pains At The Farmers’ Market

    Townspeople would love to see an expanded Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, said Jim Shortt, whose farmstand is one of the anchors there. Other markets in the state offer more variety and cater to the desires of today’s shopper, he said, with selections of jams, jellies, baked goods, wines, oils, prepared foods, and sandwiches.

    But why Newtown’s market offers such a limited selection is complicated, both town officials and local farmers agree.

  • Officials Believe In-School Suicide Awareness Curriculum Hits Home

    This is the third and final report in our September series highlighting National Suicide Prevention Month.

    “Suicide represents an opportunity lost.”

  • Healthier Water: A Critical Collateral Benefit Of Drug Take-Back Day

    For every bottle of prescription drugs local police collect during a special Drug Take-Back promotion on September 26, and all the drugs collected year-round through a local secure dispensing site at police headquarters, Newtown’s drinking water potentially becomes a little bit safer.

  • Tractor Supply Store Zoning Proposal Draws Opposition

    A proposal to convert a South Main Street (State Route 25) site from its R-1 (residential) zoning designation to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zoning designation, with the goal of constructing a 19,097-square-foot store and adjacent outdoor sales area there, has drawn stiff opposition from some nearby property owners.

  • Charter Revision Panel Slates Final Hearing For September 30

    After reviewing all but one high-profile proposed revision to Newtown’s constitutional document during a special meeting September 22, the Charter Revision Commission has set a 7 pm public hearing for September 30 to receive any final input from the public before members hope to send an initial draft back for review by the Legislative Council.

  • P&Z Considers Revised Exit 10 Design District Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their review of an engineering firm’s proposal to create new land use regulations for a “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Creating such an “overlay zone” would add flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations for an area that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Danbury Caregiver Guilty In Local Theft Case

    A caregiver from Danbury who was arrested by Newtown police after an investigation into alleged thefts from a Sandy Hook client was sentenced September 16 to 15 years in jail, suspended after six years, and five additional years of probation.

    The arrest occurred on April 15, 2013.

    According to the original Newtown Bee report on the case, Wanda Nunez turned herself in after learning that police held a warrant for her arrest.

  • Latest GOP ‘White Paper’ Talks About Balancing Spending

    Keying in on a subject that has a potential to divide certain groups in any community, local Republicans have released the next in a series of white papers focusing in on balancing future spending.

    The GOP in recent local election years has made a practice of developing informational position reports, the latest release focuses on why past and future spending plans are multifaceted and encompass all Newtown residents — not just one issue or one demographic.

  • Hunger Action Month Food Drive

    Through September 29, Newtown Savings Bank is conducting a Hunger Action Month Food Drive at its two Newtown locations.

    All are invited to visit the main branch at 39 Main Street or the office within Sand Hill Plaza, at 228 South Main Street, with donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry at the Department of Social Services.

  • Prevention Council Hears Drug And Alcohol Survey Results, Approaching End Of Grant Timeline

    During its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Newtown Prevention Council heard a presentation by a representative from Quantitative Services on drug and alcohol surveys that had been administered to students and parents between March and May.

    Dr Archie Swindell said he compared Newtown’s data with trends nationally and in the state.

    The 2015 surveys were sponsored by Newtown Prevention Council and Newtown Public Schools. The survey results were presented in two parts: one for youth, and one for parents.