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  • Fire Reports | May 22-28, 2014

    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, May 22: 12:01 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Brownfields Have Potential To Generate Millions In Local Tax Revenue

    About a decade ago, Connecticut started getting serious about reclaiming and reusing former and abandoned, environmentally tainted industrial sites known as brownfields. Around that same time, Newtown’s Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker began compiling an informal list of local brownfield sites.

  • Intense Thunderstorm Hits Riverside Neighborhood Hard

    A severe thunderstorm, which passed through the area Tuesday evening, focused its strongest wind energy in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, causing many trees to fall, resulting in extensive property damage and electrical outages in that neighborhood along Lake Zoar, near Interstate 84.

  • DOT Tests Subsurface Conditions For Bridge Project

    State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers last week took subsurface core samples at Sugar Street (Route 302), at its intersection with Elm Drive, for geological information on the soil there to be used in the design of a new, wider Sugar Street bridge.

    The new span will replace the existing Sugar Street bridge which becomes a traffic bottleneck during commuter rush periods.

  • Increased Participation Seen At Hazardous Waste Collection

    The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) conducted a spring regional household hazardous waste collection project on Saturday, May 17, at the town public works garage at Turkey Hill Road.

    HRRA Director Cheryl Reedy said last week that regional residents drove 720 vehicles to the collection project to dispose of their waste.

    That participation represents a 46 percent increase from the 493 vehicles that were driven to the event last year, she said

  • Newtown Police Taser Policy Long Preceded New State Mandate

    In the final hours of the 2014 state legislative session, lawmakers overwhelmingly supported a proposal that mandates all Connecticut police agencies adopt a policy on the use of Tasers. These handheld devices resemble firearms, and shoot barbed darts that contact combative suspects allowing police officers to subdue them using jolts of electricity instead of other, more potentially dangerous means.

  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • Lower Flags Today For Memorial Day

    In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered today. Per a proclamation from President Barack Obama, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon today.

    Following tradition, President Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy have both issued proclamations to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Concerns Aired: Teachers Offer ‘State Of The Union’

    As Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski said at the Tuesday, May 20, Board of Education meeting, members of the teachers’ union were there to deliver what Mr Kuroski called a “State of the Union.”

    Mr Kuroski said he has taught for his entire career, 29 years, in Newtown.

    “We have assembled a cross-section of teachers from each school who have volunteered to provide you with a perspective of what has been happening in our district over the past few years,” Mr Kuroski said.

  • Woman’s Club Honors Veterans With Flags At Soldiers And Sailors Monument

    Flags were placed around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Main Street on Friday, May 23, by members of Newtown Woman’s Club to honor past and present veterans.