• Selectmen Advised: New Police Station Less Costly Than Town Hall South Renovation

    Newtown's appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is advising the Board of Selectmen to scrap the more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South to permit the growing police force to expanding into the full town-owned facility — a former tractor sales and service business. Instead committee members are advising officials to move forward with plans to build a new facility, presumably on public land at Fairfield Hills.

  • Almost Time To Fill The Fire Trucks

    Lee Paulsen, left, director of FAITH Food Pantry, recently met with Sandy Hook EMS Captain Karin Halstead, to go over what the pantry needs this year. The food pantry will receive a pre-Thanksgiving boost this weekend when the public responds to the annual request for Fill The Fire Truck. 

  • Police Probing Rash Of Auto Thefts, Larcenies From Vehicles

    In view of a recent rash of motor vehicle thefts, as well as thefts of items from vehicles, police are urging residents to employ some basic deterrents to decrease the likelihood of such crimes occurring.

    Since September, there have been five thefts of vehicles, as well numerous cases of thefts of items from vehicles, police said.

  • Registration Underway For Third Annual National Vigil Service

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Newtown Foundation, in partnership with St Marks Episcopal Church and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, will host a Third Annual National Vigil Service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence in America, Wednesday, December 9, at St Marks, in Washington, DC.

  • President Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Victims Of Paris Shootings

    President Barack Obama on Sunday issued a proclamation honoring the victims of shootings in Paris, France, on November 13 that took the lives of more than 100 people. The jihadist group Islamic State admitted responsibility for the attacks on Saturday. 

    President Obama's declaration, which also ordered that American flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Thursday, November 19, opened by saying Americans “stand with the people of France.

  • Newtown Fund Announces Depot Day, Annual Appeal For Help

    The Newtown Fund has for many years helped Newtown’s residents in need around the December holidays. Most referrals come through the town’s Social Service Department or local clergy. Families, couples, and individuals — who are referred to The Fund by Newtown Social Services — receive emergency donations throughout the year but the holiday season is the time when the fund, and residents, provide the most help to make their holiday and their lives brighter.

  • Commission Begins Reviewing Public Survey Data On Community Center

    Creating a place that offers a destination, “feels like an experience,” and serves as a “place to gather,” are just some of the “takeaways” of what the public wants in a community center.

  • P&Z Approves Change Of Zone For Tractor Supply Store Proposal

    Following lengthy discussion at a heavily attended November 5 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have approved a controversial change of zone for an eight-acre site at 116 South Main Street, thus allowing a commercial real estate firm to formulate a development proposal for a Tractor Supply Co. store there.

  • Newtown Men Arrested In Monroe Robbery Case

    MONROE — Monroe police have arrested two Newtown men on robbery charges, alleging that they robbed a gas station/convenience store there early on the morning of September 6.

    Police said they have arrested Wesley Steinfeld, 29, of 16 Pine Tree Hill Road, and Christopher Basso, 25, of 21 Taunton Lake Drive in connection with the robbery at Monroe Buck Stop at 456 Main Street (Route 25).

    After their arrests on warrants, each man was held on $250,000 bail for court arraignments.

  • School Bus Driver Suspended Following Arrest By Bethel Police

    Following his recent arrest by Bethel police on burglary/larceny charges, All-Star Transportation has suspended from work without pay a Monroe man who had driven School Bus #20 in Newtown.

    In an e-mail sent to local parents, Schools Superintendent Dr Joseph Erardi, Jr, wrote that the bus driver’s arrest on October 30 “is unrelated to the driver’s work assignment.”