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  • Making Way For A New Playscape

    Loud cracking sounds came from the corner of Funspace at Dickinson Park playground on Thursday, October 10. But the slides, swings, and wooden playscape were empty. The playground was silent except for popping noises and the hum of hydraulics.

  • DOT Night-Time Resurfacing Project Announced: I-84 Exit 11 Ramp, Monday Overnight

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced plans for a project that will resurface a 4,000-foot segment of the I-84 Exit 11 ramp.

    The project is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Monday, October 21, and continue until 5 am Tuesday, October 22.

    The work, according to an employee at CT DOT, will cover both ramps. Resurfacing will run from where the east- and westbound offramps meet, out to Wasserman Way. It will also cover the onramps, from Wasserman Way to just north of the Berkshire Road overpass.

  • Pumpkin Festival Sparkles At Fairfield Hills

    Hundreds of pumpkins’ carved faces came to life with inner lights as darkness fell Saturday, October 12. Glow sticks inside the hollowed pumpkins created an eerie twinkling across the Fairfield Hills grounds, making a magical scene of the first Newtown Pumpkin Festival.

  • Seniors Pack Forum On Revaluation, Tax Issues

    More than 100 local seniors and a handful of other residents concerned about escalating local property taxes and the role the latest town revaluation played in tax increases converged at Newtown High School Tuesday, October 15, for an informational forum hosted by the Board of Finance.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, Finance Director Robert Tait, Assessor Chris Kelsey, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education were also on hand.

  • School Board Hears Enrollment Report

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented an enrollment report to the Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, October 16.

    Dr Reed said the report demonstrates that it is best to use its enrollment numbers rather than projected enrollment numbers when planning the next budget.

    “I think they will be more helpful, because they will reflect more of what is happening now,” said Dr Reed.

  • Police Reports October 4 - 11, 2013

    Holster Found

    Police report that at about 12:15 am on October 14, a person found a black, molded leather, paddle-style holster in the Vining Road area. Such holsters are used to carry a pistol on a waist belt. Vining Road is a side street off Toddy Hill Road. The holster’s owner may contact police at the police station to claim the item.

     

    Illegal Dumping

  • NYC Woman Sentenced For 12/14 Fundraising Scam

    HARTFORD – A New York City woman was sentenced in US District Court on Tuesday, October 15, to serve eight months in prison, with two years of probation to follow, on convictions for wire fraud and for making false statements in connection with a scam fundraising scheme that she created on the Internet stemming from the Sandy Hook School shooting incident last December.

    Nouel Alba, 37, of The Bronx pleaded guilty in June to the federal charges.

  • Press Association Honors The Bee For Post-12/14 Coverage And Editorial

    NATICK, MASS. — The New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) honored The Newtown Bee and its Editor, Curtiss Clark, at the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference October 10.

  • Llodra: Newtown Will Not Host Official 12/14 Anniversary Events

    On October 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra updated her blog to discuss the town’s plans for the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. She told The Newtown Bee that the message was intended “for the people and media outside of our community” — those who might want to come and share their sorrow with Newtown, or report on how others in town are handling their recovery.

  • Heath Found Guilty Of Murder

    A 12-person jury in Danbury Superior Court has found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 death of his wife, Elizabeth. Her remains were found in 2010 in a dry well beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

    Sentencing of John Heath has been set for December 3. His bail was raised from $1 million to $2 million, and he was returned to Bridgeport Correctional Facility where he has been held since his arrest in 2012,