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  • P&Z Rejects Rule Change For Scrap Tire Recycling

    Following lengthy review, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on February 5 unanimously rejected a proposed change to the zoning regulations, which would have allowed privately-owned solid waste facilities for the storage and recycling of scrap tires at properties with M-1 (Industrial) zoning.

    Such a rule change had been sought by MAAK Environmental Corporation, which had wanted to employ new rules to start a tire recycling operation at an industrial site at 40 High Bridge Road.

  • Prescription Drug Drop Box In Use Again At Police Station

    Residents again have access to a local receptacle designed for the proper disposal of unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs at the police station lobby at 3 Main Street.

    A large gray steel container, which looks like a US mail drop box, had been in place in the police station lobby for years, but was taken out of service recently so that some security improvements could be made.

  • NHS ‘Lock-In Open’ Status Prompted By ‘Suspicious Note’

    A “lock-in open” status at Newtown High School has been lifted, according to emails sent to district parents, following an investigation this morning, Monday, February 23.

  • Youth Charged With Two Felonies In NHS Incident

    Police said that on Monday, February 23, that they arrested a youth under age 18 on charges of first-degree threatening and first-degree falsely reporting an incident at Newtown High School.

    Police allege that the boy wrote a suspicious note which was discovered by a school staff member, resulting  in the school temporarily entering a “lock-in open” security mode.

    Police Lieutenant Richard Robinson said both charges filed against the boy are Class D felonies.

  • Swift Remediation Aims For A Swift Reopening Of Children’s Department At CHB

    Boxes of books packed by workers from J.P. Maguire, remediation specialists, are readied to be moved from the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library to a climate controlled warehouse, while repairs are underway for water damage from a February 17 burst pipe. Furniture, shelving, and all other equipment must also be temporarily relocated for replacement of carpeting in that department.

  • Finance Board Hears Refined Details On School Closing Options

    After a preliminary, exploratory report trying to quantify costs and potential savings if the Board of Education decided to close a local school, Board of Finance member John Godin reviewed the issue recently, updating information with the district’s own data and some school closing assumptions developed under former superintendent Janet Robinson.

  • 20th Citizen Police Academy To Be Offered To The Public

    The Newtown Police Department will offer its 20th Citizen Police Academy program on law enforcement and the criminal justice system for the general public.

    The free program, which will start on April 1, is open to people who are at least age 18.

    Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood will serve as coordinator for the academy sessions, which will be held weekly.

  • Burglaries Doubled, Thefts Dropped In 2014

    Statistics on the incidence of property crime that occurred during 2014 compiled by town police indicate that the number of reported burglaries in 2014 more than doubled compared to 2013, and the number of reported thefts decreased.

    According to those statistics, police received reports of 52 burglaries during 2014, compared to 24 burglaries in 2013, representing an almost 117 percent increase in that crime category.

  • Bullying: A Problem Behavior That Spans Generations

    Amended March 4, 2015: Donna Fedus clarifies that it is loss, not bullying, that she feels is intrinsic to the aging process.

    In a population of more than 320,000,000 people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes.

  • P&Z Approves Apartments For Veterinary Students

    Following review, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have approved a request from Fairfield Equine Associates to expand the terms of its existing special permit to allow the firm to create two more apartments for veterinary students at its 32 Barnabas Road facility in Hawleyville.

    The firm has a hospital for sport horses, including surgical facilities, at the 14-acre site.