• Volunteers Place Flags To Honor Veterans

    13-year-old Ethan Hanna carries a box of American flags, ready to visit Zoar Cemetery and decorate the graves of veterans there. Ethan was one of many volunteers placing flags on veterans’ gravesites, Thursday afternoon, May 14.

  • Walking The Future Grounds Of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

    A nature walk and educational tour of the future site of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary was held on Saturday, May 9.

    The event was open to the public and the tour was led by Andrew Mangold, a forest gardener and permaculture expert.

    The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is the effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, dedicated to the memory of Catherine Hubbard, who was killed on 12/14. Construction on the animal sanctuary is set to begin in 2016.

  • Police To Heighten Seatbelt Enforcement

    From May 18 to May 31, town police will heighten their enforcement of seatbelt use by motorists as part of a state and national enforcement project known as “Click It or Ticket — Day & Night.”

    Newtown, Redding, Bethel, and Brookfield police will join forces during the project, conducting heavy enforcement in each of those four towns. The four-town team of police will be in Newtown to hold three separate four-hour enforcement projects during the Click-It or Ticket campaign.

  • Three Arrested After Counterfeit Money Used At Walgreens Pharmacy

    Police said that while near Walgreens Pharmacy at 49 South Main Street about 6 pm on Saturday, May 9, a police officer noticed what he considered to be suspicious activity outside, resulting in the arrest of three people in connection with an incident in which $1,200 of counterfeit money was allegedly used to make purchases inside the store.

  • Wallingford Man Pleads Guilty To Harassment Charge

    BRIDGEPORT — A Wallingford man has pleaded guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court to two criminal charges stemming from his having placed multiple telephone calls on April 7 to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Fan Hill Road in Monroe. In those calls, the man claimed that events of 12/14 had been fabricated.

    In Bridgeport Superior Court on May 6, Timothy Rogalski, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree harassment and to one count of second-degree breach of peace.

    The judge accepted both guilty pleas.

  • Santucci, Chickos Plead Not Guilty To All Drug Charges

    HARTFORD — A former Newtown police sergeant and a former town emergency communications dispatcher have pleaded not guilty to all federal drug charges against them, which allege that they were part of an anabolic steroids drug trafficking ring with others.

    Former sergeant Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, and former civilian dispatcher Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport pleaded not guilty at their arraignment before US Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez on May 14 at US District Court in Hartford.

  • HRRA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday

    Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 16, for residents of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

    Residents of these towns can drop off items that are not accepted at landfills and transfer stations between 9 am and 2 pm at Newtown Public Works Garage, 4 Turkey Hill Road.

  • Longtime Police Officer Promoted To Sergeant

    It has been a long time coming, but a veteran police officer has been elevated from patrolman to supervisor, with the promotion of Scott Ruszczyk to the rank of sergeant.

    Sgt Ruszczyk, 46, was sworn into his new rank in May 1 ceremonies at Town Hall South attended by family, friends, and police staffers.

    A 22-year veteran of the police department, Sgt Ruszczyk was hired by the town in June 1993, when former police chief Michael DeJoseph headed the police department.

  • Environmental Review Of River Walk Project Continues

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are continuing their review of the environmental aspects of The River Walk At Sandy Hook Village, a 74-unit housing complex proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.

    IWC members held the second installment of a public hearing on the application on May 13. The applicant is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit from the IWC.

  • Town’s 12/14 Insurance Claims Pay $1.1 Million

    Town Finance Director Robert Tait released information to local officials recently detailing insurance claims paid by Newtown’s provider of municipal risk financing and risk management services. The town finance office also released its latest report on the Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund.