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  • Winter Road Budget In Flux After Six ‘Events’

    To Newtowners, it’s snow, sleet, and slush. But to local officials and Highway Department crews slogging through it with plows, sand, and salt, these passing winter fronts are classified as “events.”

    So with six winter season events under their belt, the Board of Selectmen received a report from the Highway Department through First Selectman Pat Llodra January 5, detailing where the winter storm budget and related supplies of materials stand as Newtown moves into the most storm-prone period of midwinter.

  • Charter Commission Work Continues, Mostly At Committee Level

    Newtown’s Charter Revision Commission was still busily working through the holidays and into the New Year, but most of the commissioners’ efforts were focused in subcommittees, according to Chairman Jeff Capeci.

    “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but I’m hoping by about a month from now we can get closure on the committee work and get moving on our main charge,” he told The Newtown Bee January 7. “”We’ve actually been doing a lot of work at the committee levels.”

  • Police Reports, December 23, 2014-January 5, 2015

    Reckless Driving

    After learning that Newtown Police held a warrant for his arrest, Brian Riguzzi, 39, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., turned himself over to police at the police station about 12:30 pm on January 3 and was charged with reckless driving and with failure to drive to the right in connection with an auto accident that occurred on September 20, police said.

  • Council Approves Five-Year CIP

    Under pressure to have an approved capital improvement plan (CIP) to present to ratings agencies ahead of a bond refunding next week, and despite early speculation that officials would not complete deliberation this week, the Legislative Council approved Newtown’s five-year CIP following nearly two hours of discussions focusing on road work, Fairfield Hills, and a new community center development.

  • BOE Continues To Look At 2015-16 Budget

    At its second workshop for the 2015-16 budget, on Thursday, January 8, the Board of Education continued to hear from school district leaders regarding individual aspects of the superintendent’s proposed spending plan.

    The workshop came after Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented his proposed budget to the school board on Tuesday, January 6.

  • Reestablishing An Iconic View: Nettleton Preserve Memorial Tree Project Reclaims Natural Beauty

    Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.

  • A Two Hour Delay For Newtown Public Schools

    Newtown Public Schools will run on a two hour delay Thursday, January 8, due to the weather, as announced by the school district Thursday morning.

  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Selectmen Recommend Lanza Home Be Demolished

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed January 5 to recommend to the Legislative Council that the 36 Yogananda Street residence once occupied by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza be demolished.

    The residence was also the site where Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy, before traveling to the local elementary school and perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in US history.

  • Fire Reports, December 31, 2014-January 7, 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:

    Wednesday, December 31: 7:33 am, alarm, 228 South Main Street, Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded.

    Thursday, January 1: No calls listed.