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  • Year In Review: Moving Forward In 2014

    A 30-acre tract of land located off Old Farm Road was deeded by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation in September. It will one day become the site of an animal sanctuary, through efforts of the CVH Foundation and the Newtown Animal Center.

  • Year In Review: Newtown Welcomes New Ambulance Corps Headquarters

    Newtown welcomed a new ambulance facility to Fairfield Hills in 2014. The building, with its classic design, matches the 1930s-era architecture at the campus, and sits close to duplexes that once served the former state hospital.

    After a groundbreaking in 2013, the early months of 2014 saw its new construction steadily materialize into a six-bay garage and new working space for the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And by the close of 2014, the new building was in service for all Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps activity.

  • Year In Review: Planning, And Breaking Ground, For A New School

    2014 was a positive planning year for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Consigli Construction oversaw the demolition of the old Sandy Hook School in the fall of 2013, and by 2014 plans for the new building were taking shape, following community input and work between the town and design team, led by Svigals + Partners.

  • Year In Review: Land Use Proposals Increased During 2014

    In early 2014, the updated Town Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the updated Fairfield Hills Master Plan, took effect, providing the town with a set of planning guidelines for the coming years on local growth and resource conservation, both in the town at large and at the town-owned 185-acre Fairfield Hills core campus.

    The town plan is updated decennially. The Fairfield Hills plan is updated as needed.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission has three positions available to a Republican or Unaffiliated voter and one open position  available to a democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • Facing Stiff Opposition, DEEP Plans Modifications To Stormwater Permitting

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says it is considering modifications to key provisions of proposed new permit requirements for the management and oversight of municipal stormwater systems — while still allowing the agency to achieve important environmental objectives.

    The announcement came following testimony and correspondence from numerous public officials from across the state, including Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Hearing Set On Proposed Water, Sewer Regulation Revisions

    The final week of the year brought Newtown’s Water and Sewer Authority together for a brief meeting to discuss proposed changes in regulations to both local sewer use regulations and the community’s water pollution control plan.

    After some discussion on December 29, the authority approved sending the proposed changes to a public hearing on January 8. The time and location of the hearing was not set at press time.

    Authority and Public Works Director Fred Hurley said many of the proposed changes are procedural.

  • Republican Registrar Karin Aurelia Retires

    Republican Registrar of Voters Karin Aurelia has retired from her elected post after 12 years of service. She was honored on her last day, December 18, with a small reception at the Newtown Municipal Center, where she was also presented with a state proclamation by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky.

  • Fire Reports For Week Ending January 2

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

  • New Minimum Wage Takes Effect January 1

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents that Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase effective January 1, from the current rate of $8.70 an hour to $9.15 per hour.

    The increase is the result of a new law Governor Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of modest increases through 2017. 

    Following this week’s increase, there are two more scheduled under the adopted law: it will rise to $9.60 on January 1, 2016, and then to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.