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  • Facebook Moms Tracking Local Bear’s Comings And Goings

    Anne Scarpa on May 26 thought she saw a dog in her yard from an upstairs window, then realized it was a bear. She and her daughter quickly took pictures as the bear “ate some vegetation, then went through a split rail fence.” She said it went in the direction of Bennetts Bridge. Ms Scarpa described the bear as “very cute and mellow.” She said its movements were slow and it was “doing nothing too destructive.”

  • Police Reports, May 28 - June 1, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    Police report they arrested a Sandy Hook man on May 28 on a warrant, charging him with four offenses in connection with a January 26 incident.

    Newtown police said they received a call from Milford police informing them that they had in custody Frank Edwards, 53, of 27 Yogananda Street, for whom Newtown police held an arrest warrant. Milford police had stopped Edwards there for an alleged motor vehicle violation.

  • Fire Reports, May 28 - June 4, 2015

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

     

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    A facility and enrollment study, presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, recommends closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment.

    While Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, cost estimates were also provided for the closure of the middle school.

    “This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy,” said Dr Erardi.

  • Town Police, Garner Staff To Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

    Members of the Newtown Police Department and staff members from Garner Correctional Institution are scheduled to participate on Friday, June 5, in the Connecticut Special Olympics Torch Run segment to be held in Newtown.

  • Dog Owners: Time To Renew Dog Licenses

    Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead reminds owners of dogs six months of age and over that their pets must be licensed annually during the month of June. 

    The new 2015 licenses are available at the town clerk’s office beginning June 1 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

  • June 5 Flag Retirement Ceremony Scheduled

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    After Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented configurations during the Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday, June 2, for closing a school in the district, he said the Facility and Enrollment Study Committee endorses closing an elementary school.

    Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, but cost estimates were also provided if Newtown Middle School were closed. 

    "This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy," said Dr Erardi. 

  • Police Chief Kehoe Submits Notice of Retirement

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who joined the police department in 1978, has submitted his letter of retirement to the Police Commission, stating that his last day of work will be on January 6, 2016.

    Chief Kehoe worked his way up through the ranks of the organization, becoming its acting chief in 1999, and then becoming its chief in 2001.

  • Flash Flood Warning Issued

    The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Fairfield County and northwestern New Haven County.

    The warning will remain in effect until 7:45 pm.

    At 4:49 pm, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected.

    In addition to Newtown, locations that will experience flooding include Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, Southbury, Wolcott, Bethel, Cheshire Village, Roxbury Falls, Chimney Point and Putnam Lake.