• Absentee Budget Ballots Available Thursday, April 9

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead announced that absentee ballots will be available for the annual budget referendum during office hours Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

    The town clerk’s office, within Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will also host special absentee voting hours on Saturday, April 25, from 9 am to noon.

  • Latest Survey Finds 12/14 PTSD Sufferers Still Reluctant, Not Aware Of Services

    The number of respondents may not be sufficient to render a new community wide survey on post 12/14 concerns and attitudes "statistically significant," but its author told The Newtown Bee its results clearly support anecdotal information being related to a number of crisis response and mental health providers serving Newtown since the tragedy.

  • Wallingford Man Arrested On Harassment Charges In Calls To Schools

    MONROE — Monroe police arrested a Wallingford man about 10:35 am on Tuesday, April 7, charging him with five counts of harassment and one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly placing five telephone calls to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe and accusing the staff there of fabricating the December 14, 2012, school shooting incident in Sandy Hook.

  • NUSAR Gains Three New Certified Ice Divers

    Three members of Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) became certified in ice diving on Easter weekend.

    On April 4, the NUSAR members stepped into the frigid, and in places ice-covered water at Eickler’s Cove Marina with instructor Kevin Brodley from Safety First Divers.

    The newly certified divers are, from left in the above photo, Lee Wassen, Mark Frazen, and Dr Mike Cassetta. 

  • Animal Center Announces Separation From Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

    The Animal Center announced April 1 a separation from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a joint effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the local animal rescue organization.

    Catherine Violet Hubbard, the daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard, was one of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • River Walk Wetlands Hearing Set For April 22; Sewer Service Application To Be Reviewed April 9

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing for later this month on a developer’s application to construct a 74-unit housing complex on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a March 30 meeting, IWC members agreed to hold a hearing on the proposal known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • WSA Rejects Sewers For Proposed Multifamily Complex

    Following the conclusion of an April 1 public hearing, Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members unanimously rejected a Trumbull developer’s controversial request for sanitary sewer service for 79 Church Hill Road. That 35-acre site, near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84, is where the developer has proposed the construction of a large multifamily complex, with an affordable housing component.

  • Queen Street Speed Table Issue Resurfaces

    The chief elected official of the borough told Police Commission members March 24 that although the commission, acting as the local traffic authority, in the past had decided to install broad speed bumps, known as speed tables, on Queen Street, the commission had not notified the Borough Board of Burgesses of those plans.

  • Birth Certificates Available Locally

    With kindergarten registrations happening locally in the coming weeks, Town Clerk Debbie Halstead is reminding parents that if they resided in Newtown at the birth of their child they do not have to go to the hospital or town where the child was delivered to obtain a required birth certificate for registration.

    Parents can request the document during weekday business hours at the Town Clerk’s office, within Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.

    The cost is $20 per certified copy.

  • Widower Celebrates His Beloved 64 Years After Meeting At ‘Fairfield Hospital’

    Sixty-four years ago, former Fairfield Hills worker Joe Howard was at his regular post on the second floor of Shelton House. His job was to monitor the facility’s newly hired student nurses as they arrived for their first day of work.

    He remembers it as though it were yesterday.