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  • In Response To 12/14: DCF Unveils Plan For Overhaul Of Children’s Mental Health Care

    A new state blueprint for children’s mental health services recommends standardized screening and enhanced school services, better training for all caregivers and the “pooling” of hundreds of millions in public funds to more effectively finance vital programs.

  • Resident Raises Main Street Traffic Control Issues

    Town police are being urged to redouble their traffic enforcement efforts, especially along Main Street, to curb vehicular problems occurring along that thoroughfare.

    Resident Karen Banks of West Street, which links Main Street to Sugar Street, told Police Commission members on September 2 she supports a Main Street resident’s recent comments about the need for heightened traffic enforcement on Main Street.

  • Police Department Planning For Hiring, Promotions

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has updated Police Commission members about police department staffing matters, including plans to hire two new officers, plus plans for promotions involving the naming of one lieutenant and two sergeants.

    Chief Kehoe told commission members on September 2 that the department remains two people short of its full roster of 45 sworn officers.

  • New Mini Mart Owner Requests Modest Tax Abatement

    From the barren, pocked lot where a boxy Shell station once stood greeting residents and visitors exiting Interstate 84 onto Church Hill Road, a new, more aesthetically pleasing Colonial-looking mini mart is about to take shape according to its developers. But to achieve that aesthetic improvement amid a state roadway realignment project, the newest addition to Church Hill Road’s commercial strip is coming with some additional costs.

  • Deadline Extended: Raffle Supporting Reach Newtown To Last All Month

    While driving a larger-than-life bright orange chair through New York City recently, Newtown resident Douglas Calderone soon realized that its eye-catching qualities could do more than raise a smile.

  • SHS Staffers Aim To Inspire A Nation To Promote ‘Common Sense’ Gun Laws

    The small, occasionally boisterous but often hushed group of women gathered around a set of tables one recent afternoon at a Newtown restaurant could have been mistaken for any group of friends or co-workers meeting up for some late day chat and a beverage.

  • Finance Board Hosts Officials For Update On Enrollment, Facilities Analyses

    The Board of Finance was joined by members of the Boards of Selectmen and Education as well as members of the Legislative Council for the first part of a regular August 28 meeting, which provided an opportunity for officials to learn more about a townwide public facilities analysis that is in the early stages of rollout.

    Many of the officials on hand also heard from School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, for the first time about plans to supplement the facilities project with details from the latest district enrollment study.

  • Investigation Continues To Determine Start Of Fire That Heavily Damaged Sandy Hook Home

    Fire officials this week were continuing their probe into the cause of a September 2 Alpine Circle house fire that heavily damaged a two-story Colonial-style home on that road in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, near Lake Zoar.

    There were no injuries in the blaze at the Rebecco residence at 40 Alpine Circle where three adults live, said Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief Bill Halstead.

  • Visiting Newtown, September 9: Injured Veterans To Cycle 355 Miles For Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge

    More than 150 cyclists including injured veterans — men and women from all branches of the Armed Forces — and their supporters will be participating in the Fifth Annual Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Challenge this month, and for the second year the route will take the group through Newtown.

    This year’s Challenge begins in Waltham, Mass, and will take riders into New York City. Cyclists are in for a 355-mile ride, covering five states and both rural and city riding with plenty of hill climbing in Connecticut and New York.

  • Council Sets $1.25 Million Asset Cap For Tax Relief

    With more than a quarter-million dollars remaining unspent in a tax relief fund for qualifying town seniors and those with disabilities, the Legislative Council engaged in a spirited discussion September 3 over setting a statutory asset cap as one of three qualifying criteria for the program.

    After the council’s Ordinance Committee settled on a $1 million asset cap recommendation, a number of council representatives weighed in during deliberation, some hoping to see the cap increased and others expressing disdain for the measure.