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  • Local Traffic Safety Analyst Turning Attention To Pedestrian Dangers

    Prompted by the release of a comprehensive nationwide survey on pedestrian safety, a local traffic and behavioral expert suggests that Americans today may be better off if they just stay inside their motor vehicles.

  • Regulation Change May Bring Apartments To Summit Project

    On May 21, dozens of town officials, business leaders and interested potential tenants gathered at Fusion 25 for an “open house” promoting a planned commercial/office development at 146 South Main Street called the Summit @ Newtown. But the use of that development recently shifted to a somewhat precedent-setting mixed commercial/residential use after a zoning regulation was changed permitting limited residential uses in certain commercial zones.

  • Volunteers Needed At Sandy Hook Promise

    June 10: This story has been updated to reflect that volunteers may do research on mental wellness, according to Sandy Hook Promise.

    As Sandy Hook Promise reaches out beyond the borders of Newtown and even Connecticut, more volunteers will be needed, said office and volunteer coordinator Betsy Gaier.

  • Volunteers Refresh Gardens At Holcombe Hill During Annual Day Of Action

    Sparse, cottony clouds and a gentle breeze kept volunteers company Wednesday, June 4, at the Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve.

  • CycleFest Ride Is Sunday

    This Sunday, June 8, is the 22nd Anniversary of the CycleFest Bicycle Charity Ride, one of the oldest, safest, and most scenic self-paced charity rides in Western Connecticut. CycleFest, sponsored by Hat City Cyclists, offers 105, 80, 54, 23, and 14 miles route options, and is one of the few charity rides that does not require additional fundraising. All routes either at their beginning or end pass through Newtown. See the routes at HatcityCyclists.org, and select Cyclefest info, which offers links to the different routes.

  • Poverty Hollow Road To Close For Bridge Replacement

    Starting on Monday, June 9, the town will close the southern section of Poverty Hollow Road to through-traffic for a construction project that will replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge that crosses above the Aspetuck River, just south of the parking lot entrance for Centennial Watershed State Forest.

    That parking lot provides access to the 15,300-acre state forest which lies in Newtown, Redding, Easton, and Weston. The parking lot is expected to remain open to forest users during the bridge construction project.

  • Relay 2014 Celebrates Life, Remembers Those Lost To Cancer

    Those lost to cancer were remembered: “To my lovely sister who I miss so much, I love you,” said one handwritten message on the Wall of Remembrance displayed during this year’s 2014 Relay for Life on May 31, its tenth in Newtown.  The message continues, “You are missed every day.”

    Pictures of brothers, sisters, and other family members are written on the wall, with many messages to grandma or grandma drawn by a child’s unpracticed hand.

  • Svigals: Sandy Hook School Design Reflects Community’s Spirit

    “There was never one ah-ha moment.”

    That observation from architect Barry Svigals of Svigals + Partners came during an interview ahead of a community information meeting revealing the latest Sandy Hook School developments set for Thursday, June 5, after the print edition of The Newtown Bee went to press.

  • Selectmen Begin Exploring Municipal Facilities Analysis

    Top elected officials began what is expected to be a slow, deliberate, and complex process to produce the most comprehensive analysis of town-owned buildings and facilities ever mounted in Newtown.

    After much pre-meeting discussion, the Board of Selectmen June 2 welcomed Geralyn Hoerauf, AIA, LEED AP, and senior project manager from Diversified Project Management. Ms Hoerauf will be supporting selectmen and other town staff, contractors, and officials through at least the preliminary stages of facilities analysis prep.

  • I-84 Traffic Shift Slated For Riverside Bridge Project

     The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that traffic will be shifted on Interstate 84 to rehabilitate the bridges over Center Street in Newtown.  The shifts on Interstate 84 are scheduled for Tuesday night, June 10, 2014 for I-84 eastbound and Thursday, June 12 for I-84 westbound.