• Newtown Achieves AAA Rating From S&P

    Just two days after making a case based on Newtown’s adherence to new financial management policies and evidence that new commercial development will be supplementing the community’s grand list in the coming years, officials learned February 12 that Standard & Poor’s awarded the community a AAA bond rating.

    Town officials also learned February 19 that Newtown’s rating from Moody’s Investors Service will be maintained at its current Aa1 status, the agency’s second highest rating.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    The Library Board of Trustees, which has a vacant position to available to a democrat or unaffiliated voter. Last day to apply is March 18 with an anticipated appointment date of April 7.

  • Police Reports | January 26-February 11, 2014

    Freightliner Accident

    Trucker David Widener, 52, of Mt Pleasant, Penn., was driving a 2008 Freightliner tuck on westbound Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 interchange, when he drove off the left side of the highway and struck some guardrailing, state police report.

    Widener was not injured. State police said he failed to drive in the established lane.


  • Fire Reports | February 7-12, 2014

    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:

    Friday, February 7: 7:06 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hook & Ladder responded; 10:48 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded; 11:10 am, alarm, 9 Fern Lane, Botsford responded; 9:30 pm, medical assist, Brookwood Drive, Dodgingtown responded; 11:19 pm, vehicle fire, near 8 Prospect Drive, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • State DOT Session On Sugar Street Bridge Project Draws Public Comments

    Local officials and residents attending a state Department of Transportation (DOT) informational session on planned improvements for the eastern end of Sugar Street (Route 302), including bridge replacement, have told DOT staffers of the need for sidewalks there, as well as better protection for adjacent electric utility lines that power the town center.

  • Commission Forms Police Facilities Panel

    The Police Commission has formed a subcommittee to pursue creating a new police station to better meet the space needs of the 45-member police department.

    Police Commission members at a February 4 session named commission members James Viadero and Andrew Sachs to serve on that panel.

  • Account Transfers Means Winter Maintenance Budgets Back In The Black

    Snow and ice have been repeatedly blanketing Newtown since late fall, pushing the Public Works Department’s winter maintenance budgets into the red in recent weeks. But a transfer of $116,106 that is expected to be approved by the Legislative Council February 19 will put those well-tapped budget lines back in the black according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

  • Schools Closed Friday

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, February 14, due to the weather, according to the school district.

  • Highway Department, Police Warn About Narrower Roadways, Compromised Sight Lines

    The Newtown Public Works and Police Departments are cautioning Newtown Drivers to continue to drive carefully and slowly as crews continue to work clearing local roadways.

    Neither the police nor highway department reported any serious accidents or incidents overnight, although by Friday morning police were dealing with a couple of tractor trailers getting stuck on steep hills.