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  • Open-Burning Season Has Started

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started.

    Residents who wish to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, to fill out an open-burning permit form. A fee of $5 is required. Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.

  • The Last Time Newtown Built A School In Sandy Hook

    “Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.

    It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.

  • Fire Reports October 31 - November 6, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

    Thursday, October 31: 10:25 am, motor vehicle accident, near 85 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded; 11:04 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hawleyville responded; 6:30 pm, alarm, 7 Cold Spring Road, Botsford responded.

  • Police Reports, October 27 - November 5, 2013

    DUI Charge

    Police said that on the evening of October 27, they responded to a report that a motorist was driving erratically on Berkshire Road, so they went to the area to seek the driver.

    Police said they located the driver on Toddy Hill Road and stopped him to investigate. Police said they then charged motorist Timothy McColgan, 47, of Bloomington, N.Y., with driving under the influence.

    McColgan was released on $100 bail for a November 12 court appearance.

  • Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Names Second Distribution Committee

    DANBURY – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. has named a panel of volunteers to serve on a distribution committee to examine unmet needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. 

  • Newtown Favors Incumbents In Low Turnout For Election

    An absence of competition for numerous elected positions, including first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Police Commission and a two-year post on the Board of Education, may have contributed to a lower than normal turnout in local voting at Newtown’s four precincts today.

    According to local registrars, a total of 4,438 voters cast ballots across Newtown on Election Day, down from 5,225 total votes cast in 2011. A total of 17,346 registered voters were eligible to cast ballots in this year’s race.

  • Veterans Mural Unveiling Is Saturday, November 9

    “It’s up,” said Laurie McCollum, who has been working for months to coordinate a new veteran’s mural by artist David Merrill. And, “it’s amazing,” she said. The mural is now covered and hanging in the Newtown Municipal Center, awaiting its unveiling at a small ceremony on November 9 at 11 am.

  • Veterans Mural To Be Formally Unveiled November 9

    “It’s up,” said Laurie McCollum, who has been working for months to coordinate a new veteran’s mural by artist David Merrill. And, “it’s amazing,” she said.

    The mural is now covered and hanging at Newtown Municipal Center, awaiting its unveiling at a small ceremony on November 9 at 11 am.

  • State’s Attorney Seeks To Keep 911 Calls Secret

    NEW BRITAIN — Through an appeal filed October 30 in New Britain Superior Court, the Danbury state’s attorney is seeking to keep secret the recordings of the Emergency 911 calls that were made from Sandy Hook School to the Newtown Police Department on December 14, 2012, when 27 people died in a school shooting incident.

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued By Weather Service

    The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfield County, along with Westchester County in southeast New York, eastern Bergen County in northeast New Jersey, and Rockland County in southeast New York. The warning is in effect until 10:30 am.