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  • GOP's Bolinsky Seeking Second Term, Matt Cole Will Be Democratic Challenger

    The Newtown Republican and Democratic Town Committees both met May 22 and each unanimously endorsed their candidates for Newtown's 106 District.

    At a Republican caucus at Edmond Town Hall, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky received the party's unequivocal endorsement for a second term. The 106th District includes most of Newtown and Sandy Hook. At the same time, local Democrats met and voiced unified support for Matt Cole, a 26-year-old who served as a key intern for former 106 Rep Chris Lyddy.

  • Moratorium/Marijuana Rules Proposal Slated For P&Z Public Hearing

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are slated to continue a public hearing on June 5 on a proposal to create new zoning regulations that would allow the agency to place a “moratorium” on certain land use applications.

    Also, P&Z members are proposing applying such a one-year moratorium on the local growing and/or dispensing of “medical marijuana.”

  • Police Reports | May 7-22, 2014

    Berkshire Road Collision

    A two-vehicle collision happened about 4:15 pm on May 7 near 32 Berkshire Road, near that street’s intersection with Toddy Hill Road.

    In that incident, motorist Crystal Anderson, 21, of Danbury, who was driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy SUV, struck the rear end of a 2009 Ford Edge SUV driven by Gloria Benkowski, 56, of 119 Berkshire Road, police report.

  • Memorial Day Service Planned At VFW

    Memorial Day will be observed with the traditional ceremony at VFW Post 308 on Monday, May 26, at 11 am.

    All are welcome to attend. The men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces will be remembered by members of the local VFW post.

    The Newtown VFW is on Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), off Wasserman Way. The post is open to the public daily from 10 am until 9 pm. Free Wi-Fi is available. A canteen is also on premises for beverages, soft drinks, coffee etc.

  • VFW Replaces Flags At Graves Of Veterans

    Members of VFW Post 308, Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteers gathered at the Village Cemetery on Elm Street early Wednesday morning, May 21, before fanning out across 11 local cemeteries to replace flags marking the graves of Newtown veterans. Prior to setting out, they were joined by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky for a brief ceremony honoring Vietnam Army veteran Eric George Blantin.

  • Fire Officials Pose Questions About Proposed Dispatching Change

    Fire officials, who are considering a proposed move of local emergency radio dispatching from Town Hall South to a regional dispatching center in Prospect about 25 miles away, are seeking answers to questions about what effects, positive and negative, such a change might hold in terms of Newtown fire protection.

  • State Police Investigate Garner Prison Assault

     State police report they are investigating an assault involving two inmates at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    State police responded to the prison at 7:13 am on May 7 investigate the incident.

  • Police Probe Liquor Store Theft

    Police reported this week that at about 4 pm on Sunday, May 11, a man stole approximately $500 worth of liquor from the Cork-n-Barrel liquor store in Plaza South at 266 South Main Street (Route 25).

    Police said that based on surveillance photography from the store, a dark-skinned black man who is in his mid-50s and who was wearing a long coat walked into the store during business hours and then concealed the liquor under his coat.

    The man left the store without paying for the merchandise, police said.

  • Longtime Lieutenant Leaves Police Department

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe said May 16 that Lieutenant George Sinko, 49, who served as a town police officer for nearly 25 years, had submitted his letter of retirement from the police department, effectively resigning from the organization on May 14.

    Chief Kehoe declined to disclose the contents of the departure letter, which Mr Sinko submitted, saying that the matter would be reviewed by the five-member Police Commission when it next meets on June 3.

  • NHS Principal, Reed Assistant Principal— School Board Fills Administrative Positions

    The Board of Education unanimously hired Lorrie Rodrigue of Oxford to fill the position of principal at Newtown High School and Jill Bontatibus Beaudry of Newtown for the assistant principal position at Reed Intermediate School during its meeting on Tuesday, May 20.