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  • Town Clerk, Staff Striving For Professional Development, Certifications

    All Connecticut town clerks are elected. But as far as any other requirement to learn or acquire skills to do a better job on behalf of their communities, there are no further requirements.

    That hasn’t stopped Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Halstead and members of her staff from striving to pursue higher levels of training and certification. As Newtown’s top administrative official, Ms Halstead recently became Connecticut’s 13th Master Certified Town Clerk.

  • Natural Disaster Planning Project Underway

    While natural disasters may be unavoidable, the severity of their effects in terms of loss of life, personal injury, and property damage, can be lessened through coordinated planning and preventive measures.

    With that goal in mind, regional and town planners have started formulating the Newtown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a detailed document which the town would use for disaster preparedness in acting to reduce the potential damage caused by natural disasters.

  • Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, To Benefit Local Food Bank, Returning May 10

    On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide will participate in the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Newtown Social Services, which will benefit from the collection, is counting on residents to make this year’s collection a success.


  • Using Inner Strength To Overcome Adversity: Holocaust Survivor To Speak At Adath Israel

    Marion Blumenthal Lazan, whose mission is to speak to as many students as possible in order that they hear stories of the Holocaust from a survivor, will be at Congregation Adath Israel on May 18. Mrs Lazan spent six years with her family in a Nazi concentration camp. Today she asks people to be tolerant of others, and encourages positive thinking.

  • Trudeau To Have Prison Sentence Reviewed

    NEW YORK CITY — A federal appeals court has ruled that William A. Trudeau, 50, who is a former owner of Newtown Oil Company and a former Norwalk land developer, will have his current prison sentence reviewed. Trudeau is serving a 15 2/3- year sentence for operating a mortgage fraud scheme in Fairfield County.

    Trudeau was sentenced in February 2013 in US District Court in New Haven following a jury trial. Trudeau is serving time at Devens FMC in Ayer, Mass. His current prison release date is in April 2025.

  • Regionalized Radio Dispatching Under Review By Fire Officials

    Fire officials from the town’s five volunteer fire companies are reviewing a controversial proposal to move the town’s radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, in Prospect.

  • Phone System Changeover At Town Hall South This Morning

    A changeover to a new phone system at Town Hall South will be taking place this morning around 9:30 am, according to Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will.
     
    The system change will cover the police, Parks & Rec and Social Services departments. It mirrors the system already in use at Newtown Municipal Center.
     
    "We anticipate a very smooth transition," Ms Will told The Newtown Bee Tuesday morning.
  • School Board Selects New Hawley School Principal

    While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center.

    When the school board opened  its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position.

  • Town Hall South Phone System Still Being Worked On

    A changeover for the phone system at Town Hall South is complete this evening, but there are still a few technical issues being worked on, according to Newtown Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will.

    “Voicemail is still being worked on, so there may be an issue if anyone calls the police department, Social Services or Parks & Rec tonight,” Ms Will said Wednesday evening.

  • Library Director Search This Time Is Deliberate And Comprehensive

    Thoughtful, diligent, thorough, and complete are a few of the words Michael Talluto chose to describe the work being done by the New Director Search Committee of the Board of Trustees of C.H. Booth Library. Mr Talluto, a member of the board, is the chairman of the committee, and has been selected by the group to serve as spokesperson.