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  • Firehouse Traffic Report Issue Unresolved

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Mangiafico told Police Commission members on January 6 that he sent an e-mail message to Rob Manna, who represents Hook & Ladder, in seeking to learn when the commission will receive the requested traffic report.

  • Winter Road Budget In Flux After Six ‘Events’

    To Newtowners, it’s snow, sleet, and slush. But to local officials and Highway Department crews slogging through it with plows, sand, and salt, these passing winter fronts are classified as “events.”

    So with six winter season events under their belt, the Board of Selectmen received a report from the Highway Department through First Selectman Pat Llodra January 5, detailing where the winter storm budget and related supplies of materials stand as Newtown moves into the most storm-prone period of midwinter.

  • Charter Commission Work Continues, Mostly At Committee Level

    Newtown’s Charter Revision Commission was still busily working through the holidays and into the New Year, but most of the commissioners’ efforts were focused in subcommittees, according to Chairman Jeff Capeci.

    “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but I’m hoping by about a month from now we can get closure on the committee work and get moving on our main charge,” he told The Newtown Bee January 7. “”We’ve actually been doing a lot of work at the committee levels.”

  • Police Reports, December 23, 2014-January 5, 2015

    Reckless Driving

    After learning that Newtown Police held a warrant for his arrest, Brian Riguzzi, 39, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., turned himself over to police at the police station about 12:30 pm on January 3 and was charged with reckless driving and with failure to drive to the right in connection with an auto accident that occurred on September 20, police said.

  • Council Approves Five-Year CIP

    Under pressure to have an approved capital improvement plan (CIP) to present to ratings agencies ahead of a bond refunding next week, and despite early speculation that officials would not complete deliberation this week, the Legislative Council approved Newtown’s five-year CIP following nearly two hours of discussions focusing on road work, Fairfield Hills, and a new community center development.

  • BOE Continues To Look At 2015-16 Budget

    At its second workshop for the 2015-16 budget, on Thursday, January 8, the Board of Education continued to hear from school district leaders regarding individual aspects of the superintendent’s proposed spending plan.

    The workshop came after Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented his proposed budget to the school board on Tuesday, January 6.

  • Update: Schools Closed For Friday, January 9

    This story has been updated to reflect a later decision by the school district.

    All Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 9, due to deteriorating weather conditions.

    The decision was announced around 7:30 am following an earlier announcement that all schools would run on a two hour delayed schedule.

  • New School Bids Under Budget, Site Work Progressing

    With the holidays behind them, workers on site at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School are continuing preparing for full-scale construction, as these images from Diversified Project Management show. Crews are using a huge weight and crane to tamp down loose soil, and materials are beginning to be stockpiled for upcoming drainage. Bids for the construction phase of the project were opened January 5, and Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell says they are all under budget, and the winning bidder will be announced by month’s end.

  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Selectmen Recommend Lanza Home Be Demolished

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed January 5 to recommend to the Legislative Council that the 36 Yogananda Street residence once occupied by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza be demolished.

    The residence was also the site where Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy, before traveling to the local elementary school and perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in US history.