• Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning

  • Freedman Admits To Leaking Board Of Education E-mail To ‘Expose Wrongdoing’

    After the Board of Education voted Monday, October 26, to hire an investigator to look into recently leaked communications, member David Freedman announced Tuesday, October 27, that he released one of the leaked communications.

    An intraboard e-mail and a text message were released in recent weeks through social media and shared by nonboard members. The information shared in the communications pertained to then-upcoming board discussions, an executive session, and dialogue with the board’s attorney.

  • Police News, October 19-28, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    Police said they responded to a complaint from the Stop & Shop supermarket at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street on the evening of October 21, regarding a man who was attempting to make a purchase with some allegedly stolen credit card information.

    Police investigated the complaint and then charged Elvin Emilio Batista Beltre, 25, of The Bronx, N.Y., with identity theft, illegal use of a credit card, and use of stolen credit card information.

  • Fire Reports, October 22-28, 2015

    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, October 22: 12:36 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hook & Ladder responded; 7:49 pm, brush fire, near 37 Cobblers Mill Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • FHA Members Talk Money, Development, Demolition

    Demolition, political affiliation, future planning, and finances drove conversation Monday at Fairfield Hills Authority’s October meeting.

    Opening the evening with good news, Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler said the eight single family houses once home to former state hospital doctors have been razed. A small greenhouse that stood between Plymouth Hall and Cochran House on Keating Farm Road is also down.

  • Library’s Handicapped Driveway To Be Temporarily Unavailable Early Next Week

    C.H. Booth Library’s driveway for handicapped drivers and guests will be inaccessible on Monday and Tuesday, November 2-3. Library Director Brenda McKinley is announcing this temporary closure due to driveway repaving.

    Additionally, access to the driveway on Friday, October 30, may be limited due to preparation work, Ms McKinley announced October 26.

    The full parking lot behind the library, at 25 Main Street, will be open for regular use. Limited on-street parking is also available in front of the library.

  • Open Burning Season Starts November 1

    The local open burning season is scheduled to begin on Sunday, November 1.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued on Monday, October 26, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Office hours for the fire marshal are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The permits cost $5.

    Permits are issued for the burning of brush only, whose trunk size is a maximum three inches in diameter.

  • Preparedness Involves Storms, Water, Virus-Related Concerns

    While Newtown and the region dodged a recent threat as Hurricane Joaquin banked away instead of toward the East Coast a few weeks ago, local emergency management officials are remaining vigilant about possible future storms and other concerns that could threaten public health.

    With that in mind, Deputy Emergency Management and Health District Director Donna Culbert took the opportunity to remind residents that other serious storms may still plague the region as they did a few years ago around Halloween, touting the need to be prepared.

  • Review Continues For Hawleyville Mixed-Use Plan

    Two town land use agencies last week continued their ongoing detailed review of a major mixed-use complex proposed for Hawleyville, which would include 180 rental apartments in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church.

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members reviewed the zoning aspects of the construction proposals at two public hearings on October 15. Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members reviewed the water-related environmental protection aspects of the projects at two public hearings on October 14.

  • New Zoning Application Submitted For Tractor Supply Store Proposal

    An application for a proposal to convert a South Main Street (State Route 25) site from its current R-1 (Residential) zoning designation to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zoning designation, with the goal of constructing a 19,097-square-foot store and adjacent outdoor sales area there, has been withdrawn.

    But a revised zoning application for the project has been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).

    The initial version of the project drew stiff opposition from some nearby property owners.