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  • Support For ‘As Is’ Budget

    It may have been one of the shortest budget public hearings the Legislative Council has hosted, but its four participants brought the same degree of passion and advocacy for the school district budget proposal as dozens have in previous years.

    The four residents, plus Interim Superintendent John Reed, spent a total of about ten minutes Wednesday evening relating their support for the district’s spending plan, and calling for the council to move the budget request to referendum with no further reductions.

  • Organizers Boast Best Attendance Ever At The Latest Parent Empowerment University

    One day every year, local parents and people who care about Newtown’s children go back to school to learn about the latest trends, issues and concerns facing families and the community at the Parent Connection’s Parent Empowerment University.

  • Several Roads To Close For 5K Road Race

    Police said that several roads will be closed to traffic at and near Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 29, while the Sandy Hook 5K Road Race is being held in that area.

    Police will be stationed along the race route to prevent traffic flow there.

  • Police: No DUIs For St Patrick’s Day, Other Traffic Enforcement Reported

    Police said they conducted special roving patrols for traffic enforcement during the St Patrick’s Day holiday period. Law enforcement grant money subsidized the extra patrols.

    Lieutenant George Sinko said that police issued no violations for driving under the influence.

  • Police Enforcement Project Targeting Distracted Drivers

    Newtown police working with police from other area towns will conduct an enforcement campaign against distracted driving from March 27 through April 2, according to Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police patrol division.

    Newtown police will be working with police from Bethel, Brookfield, Redding, and Ridgefield in the seven-day enforcement project, Lt Sinko said in a statement.

  • Police Reports | March 12-27, 2014

    Button Shop Road Stop

    Police report that at about 10 pm on March 12, they spotted motorist Donald H. Kuhn, 45, of 29 Bankside Trail driving a vehicle southward on Toddy Hill Road which did not have functioning tail lamps, so they stopped him on nearby westbound Button Shop Road to investigate.

  • FHA Members Discuss 12/14 Memorial, Plymouth Hall Reuse, Expenses

    From prospective tenants to memorial bench locations, Fairfield Hills Authority members this month discussed a grab bag of topics.

    FHA Chair Thomas Connors first noted the several parties interested in reusing the Plymouth Hall building — among them The 12/14 Foundation, The News-Times, and an advertising agency.

  • Architect: New School To Draw Inspiration From Nature, Community

    Barry Svigals, a principal at Svigals + Partners, says he has derived much inspiration for conceptual designs of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School from the natural environment of its site, as well as from many ideas revealed during meetings he and his team have arranged with parents, school staffers, leaders, and other community members.

  • Program Doubled Residential Solar Use; Discounts Through March 31

    The Solarize Newtown initiative was a success, said Sustainable Energy Commission chairman Kathy Quinn.

  • Improving Weather Brings Heightened Traffic Enforcement

    Now that the long, cold winter of 2014 is coming to an end and spring weather is emerging, motorists are driving more.

    That increase in traffic means that town police are stepping up their motor vehicle enforcement to address the added traffic volume on local roads.

    For example, on March 18, town police stopped about 55 motorists in various locations around town to check for possible motor vehicle violations.