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  • Fire Reports, February 19-26, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, February 19: 8:49 am, motor vehicle accident, near 49 Botsford Hill Road, Botsford responded. 

  • Authority Peers Into The Future Of Fairfield Hills

    Earlier this winter several Fairfield Authority members and town Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler took a trip to Preston, where a former state facility similar to Fairfield Hills is now in that town’s hands. Unlike Newtown, however, which intends to redevelop its campus as a community and municipal asset, the town of Preston plans for the eventual sale of its property.

  • Ann Mazur Leaving Town Service After Long Career

    People navigating the twists and turns of the land use review process often found answers to their questions when they found Ann Mazur, who, as the town Land Use Agency’s administrative assistant, kept track of the many developmental details required for submission before construction approvals are granted.

    Ms Mazur of Sandy Hook, who has worked at the agency since 2001, has been a town staff member in various capacities for almost 25 years.

  • P&Z Rejects Rule Change For Scrap Tire Recycling

    Following lengthy review, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on February 5 unanimously rejected a proposed change to the zoning regulations, which would have allowed privately-owned solid waste facilities for the storage and recycling of scrap tires at properties with M-1 (Industrial) zoning.

    Such a rule change had been sought by MAAK Environmental Corporation, which had wanted to employ new rules to start a tire recycling operation at an industrial site at 40 High Bridge Road.

  • Swift Remediation Aims For A Swift Reopening Of Children’s Department At CHB

    Boxes of books packed by workers from J.P. Maguire, remediation specialists, are readied to be moved from the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library to a climate controlled warehouse, while repairs are underway for water damage from a February 17 burst pipe. Furniture, shelving, and all other equipment must also be temporarily relocated for replacement of carpeting in that department.

  • Prescription Drug Drop Box In Use Again At Police Station

    Residents again have access to a local receptacle designed for the proper disposal of unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs at the police station lobby at 3 Main Street.

    A large gray steel container, which looks like a US mail drop box, had been in place in the police station lobby for years, but was taken out of service recently so that some security improvements could be made.

  • NHS ‘Lock-In Open’ Status Prompted By ‘Suspicious Note’

    A “lock-in open” status at Newtown High School has been lifted, according to emails sent to district parents, following an investigation this morning, Monday, February 23.

  • Youth Charged With Two Felonies In NHS Incident

    Police said that on Monday, February 23, that they arrested a youth under age 18 on charges of first-degree threatening and first-degree falsely reporting an incident at Newtown High School.

    Police allege that the boy wrote a suspicious note which was discovered by a school staff member, resulting  in the school temporarily entering a “lock-in open” security mode.

    Police Lieutenant Richard Robinson said both charges filed against the boy are Class D felonies.

  • 20th Citizen Police Academy To Be Offered To The Public

    The Newtown Police Department will offer its 20th Citizen Police Academy program on law enforcement and the criminal justice system for the general public.

    The free program, which will start on April 1, is open to people who are at least age 18.

    Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood will serve as coordinator for the academy sessions, which will be held weekly.

  • Finance Board Hears Refined Details On School Closing Options

    After a preliminary, exploratory report trying to quantify costs and potential savings if the Board of Education decided to close a local school, Board of Finance member John Godin reviewed the issue recently, updating information with the district’s own data and some school closing assumptions developed under former superintendent Janet Robinson.