• Consultant Weighs The Future Of Old Town Buildings

    For more than an hour July 20, members of Newtown’s Municipal Buildings Strategic Plan Advisory Committee heard preliminary observations from consultant Ken Best of DRA, Inc detailing a series of findings about three key town-owned buildings the panel is evaluating for best use potential, repurposing, sale, or even possible demolition.

  • Rep Bolinsky’s Look Back On 2015: ‘Not A Productive Session’

    Even after a 2015 session he said was sprinkled with “little victories,” then a special session, and then another veto override session, Newtown’s State Representative Mitch Bolinsky emerged from his latest legislative foray somewhat frustrated and feeling so much more good could have been done — from a statewide perspective, as well as for his local constituents.

  • Police Reports, July 9-21, 2015

    Riverside DUI

    At about 2:35 pm on July 15, motorist Richard Olivas, 38, of South Kent was driving a Saab 9-3 auto in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, when the Saab drove into a stone wall at the intersection of Riverside Road and Laurel Trail, according to police.

    There were no injuries. After investigating, police charged Olivas with driving under the influence and failure to drive to the right on a curve. Police released Olivas on $500 bail for a July 29 court arraignment.

  • Fire Reports, July 17-22, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, July 16: 11:24 am, hazardous condition, intersection of South Main Street and Mile Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 7:43 pm, investigation, 11 Wills Road, Botsford responded.

  • Newtown’s #1 Dog For 2015

    Bronco, who will proudly wear the #1 Newtown Dog Tag for the next 12 months, is surrounded by, from left and moving clockwise, Trina Cain, Tom and Mary-Kay Novak, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead and Chris Cain.

  • Community Center Planners Discuss Their Goals And Direction

    “I feel like we’re chasing our tails,” said Community Center Commission member John Boccuzzi, Jr, after almost three hours in a meeting Tuesday evening. He wondered about the goals and direction of the group. Most of the meeting was spent discussing details for costs of mailing informative postcards, filling out a timeline for coming months’ activities, and breaking briefly into subcommittees. The panel concluded the session with more questions about their charge and few answers.

  • DMV To Close August 11-15 For Major Computer System Upgrades

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr. on July 22 announced that major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices — except for licensing services — from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15. The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, August 18.

  • Sportsmanship Strikes Out At Babe Ruth Baseball Game

    People are still talking about an incident at a June 29 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game between Newtown and Norwalk that ended abruptly when the Norwalk coach pulled his team from the field. Speculation continues on social media over what exactly transpired and whether or not the issue would be handled appropriately.

  • Blumenthal Wants Legislation Protecting Drivers From Auto Security, Privacy Risks

    WASHINGTON, DC — As both Congress and the federal government struggle to develop a strategy for the “Internet of Things,” and responding to the increasing use of connected devices, including automobiles, US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J.

  • NJWC Hoping For Financial Help Filling Backpacks

    Since 1997, The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has annually donated back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies through their Backpack Program to fulfill the needs of children in Newtown. Newtown Social Services works in coordination with NJWC to inform the club about quantities and supplies needed.

    This year the club expects to fill approximately 92 backpacks with required supplies.