• Pre-Halloween Activities Abound, Along With Safety Advisories

    From ghost stories on Main Street to hundreds of spooky goblins flitting around Sandy Hook, the ramp-up to Halloween 2015 is in full swing — with bubbling anticipation of Newtown’s main event on October 31 becoming palpable around the community.

    A heavy police presence is anticipated on Main Street for Saturday evening to help control traffic as thousands of Halloween revelers converge to enjoy the costumes, candy, and more than a few homes outfitted with extravagantly spooky décor.

  • Access Health CT Open Enrollment Begins Sunday

    HARTFORD — Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Access Health CT (AHCT), has released a checklist for residents in preparation for Connecticut’s third open enrollment, which begins Sunday, November 1, and runs through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

  • School Supporters Enlist Businesses To Reward Local Voters

    Every Newtowner who exercises their privilege to vote at local polls on November 3 can pick up an “I Voted“ sticker and spend the rest of Election Day enjoying the fruits of a partnership between local businesses and Support Our Schools (SOS), an educational advocacy group.

    SOS supports the best interests of Newtown’s children and a high quality education platform in Newtown.

  • Council Completes Charter Review, Ordinances Approved

    After nearly eight hours of line-by-line scrutiny over the course of two meetings, the Legislative Council completed its administrative review of a draft charter revision during a special meeting October 28. The panel, with several members absent, also held a brief public hearing with no comments offered, and subsequently approved updates to Newtown’s alarm and purchasing ordinances.

  • Students And Parents Helped With ‘Empowering Smart Online Choices’

    Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts gave the first of multiple presentations titled “Empowering Smart Online Choices” on Tuesday, October 13, at Reed Intermediate School for students. He later shared his presentation with Newtown Middle School students and with district parents during an evening event at C.H. Booth Library.

    The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and the Newtown Prevention council sponsored the presentations.

  • Garner Inmate Charged With Assault In Prison Incident

    State police said they received word on October 25 from officials at the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road explaining that a correction officer had been assaulted by an inmate.

    State police responded to the prison to investigate and then charged inmate Adal Osorio, 32, with assault on a peace officer and with failure to submit to fingerprinting. State police allege that Osorio threw a cup of urine at a 29-year-old male correction officer.

  • Village At Lexington Gardens Taking Shape

    A foundation for a branch office of the Newtown Savings Bank, foreground, has been poured at The Village at Lexington Gardens, a retail/office complex now under construction at 30-32 Church Hill Road. The multi-building complex will include 60,500 square feet of new commercial space, plus 16,000 square feet of renovated commercial space. A four-way traffic signal will control the intersection formed by the complex’s driveway, Church Hill Road, and The Boulevard. The Borough Zoning Commission approved the complex in 2012.

  • Animal Placement Drive Results In Five Cat Adoptions

    The town’s drive to have residents adopt the many cats being held at its Fairfield Hills animal shelter has made some progress, with people adopting five cats from the facility after reading about the situation in a recent Newtown Bee article.

  • Police To Monitor Traffic At Flagpole Intersection

    A police officer will be stationed inside a vehicle at the Main Street flagpole intersection during weekday morning and evening rush periods, as staffing permits, according to police Captain Joe Rios. The police officer would not direct traffic, but would monitor traffic flow.

    Captain Rios stressed that posting a police officer in a vehicle at the flagpole intersection would be based on officer availability, noting that police face many tasks.

  • IWC Seeks To Soften Hawleyville Project’s Impact

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are urging the developer of a multibuilding rental apartment complex, which is part of a major mixed-use project proposed for Hawleyville, to find some ways to reduce the physical impact of the apartments on the terrain.

    The mixed-use project, which is proposed by two developers, would include a 180-unit apartment complex in six multistory buildings on 21 acres, a diner on four acres, and a church on 17 acres.