• Bullying: A Problem Behavior That Spans Generations

    Amended March 4, 2015: Donna Fedus clarifies that it is loss, not bullying, that she feels is intrinsic to the aging process.

    In a population of more than 320,000,000 people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes.

  • P&Z Approves Apartments For Veterinary Students

    Following review, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have approved a request from Fairfield Equine Associates to expand the terms of its existing special permit to allow the firm to create two more apartments for veterinary students at its 32 Barnabas Road facility in Hawleyville.

    The firm has a hospital for sport horses, including surgical facilities, at the 14-acre site. 

  • School Board Considers Staff Child Care Program

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, introduced the idea of a district staff child care program at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

    Dr Erardi said the program presented to the school board comes “with the energy from [Monroe Learning Center Director Dawn Ryan], hoping that the Newtown board will look to support the opportunity.”

  • WSA Approves Sewer Connection For New Firehouse

    Following review, the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has conditionally approved providing sanitary sewer service to the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company for the firehouse that it plans to construct at 12 Church Hill Road.

    The fire company plans to build an approximately 16,000-square-foot firehouse with a partial second story on the 3.16-acre site on the south side of Church Hill Road, across that street from Wendover Road.

  • Proposed 2015–16 School Budget Presented To BOF

    The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.

    Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.

  • Reconsidering A Lending Library For Parks

    In January 2014, Mary Kate Halmose raised the idea for creating lending libraries at several town parks. Although she initially meant to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, her plans for the scouts have changed, but her ideas for the libraries have not.

    During a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week she told board members, “I did not go through with the project,” and has since graduated high school. She is no longer a scout, but she does want to go through with the project, Mary Kate told commission members Febeuary 10.

  • Several Injuries In I-84 Head-On Crash

    An unusual two-vehicle head-on accident on Interstate 84 late on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 18, resulted in several people being injured, with one man requiring extrication from an SUV involved in the crash, officials said.

    The collision occurred on I-84, west of the Exit 9 interchange, in the general area where the boundaries of Newtown, Brookfield, and Bethel meet.

    The incident resulted in extensive travel delays on both sides of the highway during the evening rush.

  • Newtown Families Want Bushmaster Lawsuit Returned To State Court

    HARTFORD (AP) — The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gunmaker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.

  • Police News, February 6-14, 2015

    Huntingtown DUI

    Police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Huntingtown Road, near its intersection with Brushy Hill Road, at about 10 am on February 12.

    Police said that motorist Michael L. Burton, Jr, 19, of 20 Washington Avenue was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer SUV on Huntingtown Road, when it went off the right road shoulder while negotiating a curve in the roadway.

  • Town Meeting Seals Lanza Demolition Plans, Selectmen Approve Church Hill Road Foreclosure

    With about a dozen residents on hand to represent the entire community, a brief town meeting February 17 sealed plans to demolish the home at 36 Yogananda Street, where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza and his late mother Nancy resided. Following that meeting, the Board of Selectmen also acted to initiate foreclosure on a key commercial parcel on Church Hill Road adjacent to eastbound I-84.