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  • Investigation Continues To Determine Start Of Fire That Heavily Damaged Sandy Hook Home

    Fire officials this week were continuing their probe into the cause of a September 2 Alpine Circle house fire that heavily damaged a two-story Colonial-style home on that road in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, near Lake Zoar.

    There were no injuries in the blaze at the Rebecco residence at 40 Alpine Circle where three adults live, said Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief Bill Halstead.

  • Visiting Newtown, September 9: Injured Veterans To Cycle 355 Miles For Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge

    More than 150 cyclists including injured veterans — men and women from all branches of the Armed Forces — and their supporters will be participating in the Fifth Annual Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Challenge this month, and for the second year the route will take the group through Newtown.

    This year’s Challenge begins in Waltham, Mass, and will take riders into New York City. Cyclists are in for a 355-mile ride, covering five states and both rural and city riding with plenty of hill climbing in Connecticut and New York.

  • Council Sets $1.25 Million Asset Cap For Tax Relief

    With more than a quarter-million dollars remaining unspent in a tax relief fund for qualifying town seniors and those with disabilities, the Legislative Council engaged in a spirited discussion September 3 over setting a statutory asset cap as one of three qualifying criteria for the program.

    After the council’s Ordinance Committee settled on a $1 million asset cap recommendation, a number of council representatives weighed in during deliberation, some hoping to see the cap increased and others expressing disdain for the measure.

  • School District Receiving Additional $3.1 Million SERV Grant

    Newtown School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, joined US Representative Elizabeth Esty, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Director David Esquith on a conference call Wednesday announcing the local school district will receive an additional $3.1 million grant under the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

  • Police Reports | August 23-September 2, 2014

    Huntingtown Road Crash, Charges

    Police report that Loida Flores, 23, of 124 Huntingtown Road was driving a 2005 Toyota vehicle northward near 176 Huntingtown Road about 1:50 am on August 23, when the vehicle went off the right road shoulder and entered a ditch.

  • Fire Reports | August 28-September 3, 2014

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

    Thursday, August 28: 3:27 pm, wires down, near 1 Willow Brook Lane, Dodgingtown responded; 6:18 pm, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Berkshire Road and High Rock Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • FEMA Equipment Grants Approved For Two More Volunteer Fire Companies

    Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

    Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).

  • CREC To Rename Avon School In Memory Of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene

    AVON — The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is taking steps to ensure that love will always win.

    In an effort to recognize the caring and compassionate nature of 12/14 victim Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, CREC announced on September 2 that it will rename the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary School. The school, which is located in a temporary facility in Avon, will now be called The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School.

  • No Injuries, But ‘Considerable Damage’ In Sandy Hook House Fire

    More than 50 local firefighters responded on the evening of Tuesday, September 2, to a house fire reported at 40 Alpine Circle in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead said there were no injuries in the blaze, which caused “considerable damage” to the Rebecco residence.

    Chief Halstead was investigating at the scene on Wednesday morning in seeking to determine what caused the fire. Chief Halstead also is the town fire marshal.

    No damage estimate was immediately available.

  • Major Subdivision Hearing Formally Rescheduled To September 10

    About 45 people attended an August 27 Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) meeting in seeking to learn more about a 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision proposed for the Dodgingtown section.