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  • Newtown Woods Condo Complex Construction Continues In Hawleyville

    Toll Brothers, Inc, a major Pennsylvania-based homebuilder, is well into the construction of Newtown Woods, an age-restricted 178-unit condominium complex at a 50-acre site off Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville.

    The project represents the fourth time since 1998 that various firms have sought to develop the site with a large-scale, high-density housing project for people over age 55. All three previously proposed projects, two of which gained approvals from the town, failed to materialize.

  • New Rating Saves Taxpayers $700,000 On Latest Bond Issue

    How much is Newtown’s latest bond rating increase worth to taxpayers? According to finance officials, almost a three quarters of a million dollars.

    Finance Director Robert Tait is touting the rock bottom 2.71 percent interest rate Newtown received March 12 on that bond sale as proof that seeking and achieving a AAA bond rating upgrade pays off.

  • Library Board To Welcome New Members

    The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library will welcome new board members Julie Starkweather, Carolyn Signorelli, Walter Motyka, and Raymond Irrera, at the regularly scheduled April meeting, said nominating committee board member Colleen Honan.

  • Open Burning Season Extended to May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season to May 15.

    Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • ‘Aid In Dying’ Bill Offers Hope, Generates Fear

    HARTFORD — They came to Hartford in wheelchairs, two strong-willed women whose bodies are failing. Cathy Ludlum opposed an “aid in dying” bill, fearful of a society that may coerce the disabled into suicide. Sara Myers urged passage, asking for the right to face death on her terms, should she so choose.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Slates Newest Parent Forums

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will take place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, Hawley Elementary School, and Reed Intermediate School.

    Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour.

  • Three-Year Tax Abatement OK’d For Retail/Office Complex

    A Saint Patrick’s Day wish for a nominal tax break may generate a little green for two local developers and their future tenants.

    The 146 South Main Street parcel that first received approvals for commercial development 15 years ago now appears to be fast tracked for groundbreaking in the coming weeks after officials endorsed a three-year program of partial tax relief under Newtown’s Business Incentive Plan.

  • Water Pollution Control Documented In Sewer System History

    “As Newtown grew, it faced many challenges in controlling groundwater pollution caused by septic failures in the Borough, Sandy Hook Center, and the lakeside communities. Each area has a different underlying issue that precluded long-term reliance on conventional septic systems.

  • State Bill Would Expand Pesticide Restrictions

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut state lawmakers are considering whether to expand restrictions on pesticide use to include more public places like parks, playgrounds and municipal greens.

    Legislators say they drafted a bill to shield children from toxic lawn pesticides. The General Assembly’s Environment Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal and other bills for 1 pm Monday at the Legislative Office Building.

  • Prevention Council Event On School Climate Postponed

    Kim Killoy, grant coordinator for the Newtown Prevention Council, has notified The Newtown Bee that she is postponing the Council's Parent Speaker Series event featuring school climate and bullying prevention expert Jo Ann Freiberg.

    That talk was set for this Wednesday, March 19, at Newtown Middle School.