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  • Newtown Dodges Juno’s Worst, Residents Cooperate With Travel, Parking Bans

    This summary of Winter Storm Juno also appears in The Newtown Bee print edition of January 30, 2015. Stories by Bee Editorial staff were also posted online as the storm approached, arrived and then dispersed earlier this week.

     

    On an electronic weather map, the distance between Newtown and Norwich appears to be scant inches.

  • Plowing Snow Onto Roadways Illegal, Dangerous

    In a statement, police said this week that plowing snow from private driveways and walkways onto roadways is illegal and dangerous.

    Private snowplow drivers and homeowners are legally liable when snow is plowed onto roadways. Such incidents may result in $50 fines, per incident, based on state law, police said.

    Police urge that the snow plowed at a property be kept on that property.

  • Fire Marshal Urges Snow Removal

    The town fire marshal’s office is asking for help from the public in terms of snow removal.

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead asks that people who have a conventional fire hydrant, a dry hydrant, or a fire suppression water storage tank located in front of their businesses or residences, or which is located on their property, to keep those fire safety devices clear of snow by plowing and/or shoveling.

    Mr Halstead reminds businesses that their secondary exits, or stair exits, must be cleared of snow and ice.

  • Management Takes Steps To Address Growing Pains At Nunnawauk Meadows

    Since opening in 1975 with 40 one-bedroom units, Nunnawauk Meadows has provided affordable housing for the elderly in Newtown. The community on Nunnawauk Road, off Mile Hill Road, has expanded more than once in the past 40 years, with current units now numbering 134. More than 150 residents enjoy the affordable housing, and many more would, said Nunnawauk Meadows Board of Directors President Richard Kovacs and Linda Manganaro, executive director of the facility since 2011, if there were more apartments.

  • Selectmen Review, Approve Police, Parks, Highway Dept. Budget Requests

    In a special meeting Wednesday, January 29, the Board of Selectmen continued the process of reviewing and approving recommendations for a dozen department budget requests, including several of the largest spending proposals tendered by the police, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments.

  • Two Hour Delay For Newtown Public Schools

    Newtown Public Schools will run on a two hour delay on Friday, January 30, due to the weather, as announced by the school district.

  • Severe Cold Weather Protocol Extended

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday, January 29, ordered the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol to be extended and remain in effect through Sunday, February 8, as dangerously cold temperatures continue to affect the state.

    The Severe Cold Weather Protocol activates a network of procedures among the relevant state agencies to ensure that the most vulnerable receive shelter from the cold. Residents calling 211 from anywhere in the state will find the latest list of warming locations around Connecticut.

  • School Board Budget Decision Pending

    The Board of Education is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on its 2015-16 operating budget on Tuesday, February 3, and its decision on the budget is expected during a meeting on Thursday, February 5.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said this Wednesday, January 28, that he hopes community members are willing to be informed voters.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meeting Friday

    HARTFORD – The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, January 30, at 9:30 am, in the hearing room 2B of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

  • Police Reports, January 15-24, 2015

    Evading Responsibility

    Police report that while on patrol in Dodgingtown about 2:35 am on January 20, they spotted a utility pole near 3 Hattertown Road that had been struck by a vehicle and had fallen down, bringing down with it some utility lines.