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  • Hosts And Guests Discover New Cultures And New Friends

    Twenty-five Chinese students between the ages of 12 and 17 arrived in Newtown, Friday, July 25, for a three-week stay with host families in the area. The students are with Educational Homestay Programs, a division of Education First (EF).

  • Officials Call In CERT, Eagle One To Search For Missing Man

    The Newtown Police Department has released the name of a missing individual they have been actively searching for since earlier Monday. And officials are seeking the community's help finding the missing 71-year-old who was seen in the area of Hattertown and Eden Hill Roads Monday, August 11. 

    Police say Martin Lee Allen, 71, was last seen at his residence at about that time, and may still be in the area on foot. Mr Allen is Caucasian, 5’-9” tall, and about 118 lbs, with brown and grey hair, police said.

  • Local Conservationists Work To Preserve Habitats

    Bird habitat is dwindling, according to the Connecticut Audubon Society, and locally, town and private officials are aware of the need for its protection.

  • Retail/Office/Residential Project Eyed For Fairfield Hills

    A local development firm wants to construct an approximately 30,000-square-foot mixed-use building at the current site of Woodbury Hall at Fairfield Hills, which would include a combination of retail uses, office space, and rental apartments.

    The concept for such a project surfaced in an August 3 e-mail submitted to an electronic mailing list by Advantage Commercial Realty, which was promoting the concept for developer Claris Construction Inc of Newtown.

  • Police Commission Opposes Regional Dispatching Plan

    Following discussion at an August 5 Police Commission session, commission members told a two-member town study panel that they do not want the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to change its location from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to either a Prospect dispatching center, which is 25 miles away, or to a Torrington dispatching center, which is 39 miles away.

  • Ambulance Garage Completion Just Weeks Away

    A new flagpole is up, the driveway is in, new pavers are on order, and both interior and exterior work at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association’s new garage are nearly complete.

    Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney said the construction schedule runs through September 5. “That is the last day, in theory,” he said. With the way work is going now, he said, “I think we’ll make it.”

  • Police Reports July 28 - August 3, 2014

    Multiple Charges

    Police report that while on patrol about 6 pm on July 28, they spotted motorist Louis Deluca, 32, of 9 Frontage Road traveling 50 miles per hour in 25-mph zone near the intersection of Tunnel Road and Barnanbas Road, so they stopped him to investigate.

    Police said they charged Deluca with possession of narcotics (heroin), traveling unreasonably fast, driving with a suspended license, driving with a suspended vehicle registration, and failure to have automotive insurance.

  • P&Z Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Following an hourlong public hearing on July 31, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved redevelopment plans for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, off Riverside Road.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.

    The P&Z’s zoning approval marks a major local hurdle for the construction project.

  • Parks & Rec Asking: 'Please Be Patient' During Final Phase Of FunSpace II Construction

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”

    It was the second time in a week that the announcement had to be made.

  • Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Replacement Project Delayed

    The town project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge, which crosses over the Aspetuck River near the Redding town line, has encountered some construction delays, resulting in the project probably not meeting its targeted August 15 completion date.

    As viewed at the construction site on August 4, one of three segmented box culverts, which will form the bridge’s foundation, had been assembled in place, but much work still needs to be done, making it unlikely that the project will be finished by August 15. Work started on June 9.