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  • Finance Board Approves $47K For District's 'Nonlapsing' Account

    During its regular meeting September 8, the Board of Finance approved contributing $47,185 the school district compiled from dozens of smaller line item surpluses in the 2013-14 budget, to a nonlapsing account earmarked for anticipated security-related “building hardening” expenses.

    The distribution will act as matching funds to qualify the district for a larger security grant.

  • Llodra, Erardi To Governor’s 12/14 Panel: Newtown ‘Rebuilding With Dignity’

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr appeared before Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Friday, September 12, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

    In addition to receiving presentations from the panel’s Mental Health Working Group, Safe School Design and Operations Working Group, and Law Enforcement Working Group, Mrs Llodra and Dr Erardi, each provided testimony, touching on a wide range of subjects related to Newtown’s recovery efforts post 12/14.

  • NFA Celebrates 90 Years: Lightning Crashes Sunset Wine Tasting

    Even Mother Nature joined the Newtown Forest Association’s (NFA) 90th anniversary Sunset Wine Tasting celebration Saturday, September 6. Lightning cut the darkened sky, driving many guests home. Sudden rain pushed others indoors.

    But moods were bright. About the looming storm, “I think it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Johnston, one of more than 200 attendees, but among only about 50 people who remained at the 4 to 8 pm event. Rain and lightning began around 7 that night.

  • Key Rock Road Speed Issue Under Review

    Police officials plan to research whether adding more “speed tables” to the northern section of Key Rock Road would solve a motorist speeding problem there.

    That speeding occurs when westbound drivers on Sugar Street (Route 302), which is a thoroughfare with a 40-mph speed limit, turn left and travel onto southbound Key Rock Road and are moving at speeds faster than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit.

  • Wetlands Panel Opens Public Hearing On Cluster Development

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) convened its hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision in Dodgingtown on Wednesday evening, September 10. About 40 people attended to comment on the project and to ask questions about its development. The commission, however, put off hearing responses from the developers until a future meeting.

  • BOS, BOF Approve Demolition Of Hawleyville Fire Scene

    Newtown’s Land Use Department provided a number of photos of the abandoned Anita Pettengill property at 31 Great Hill Road when officials lobbied the Board of Finance to approve a $29,000 transfer to cover the cost of demolition and cleanup of the parcel, which has remained in its blighted condition since a June 2011 blaze.

  • Hook & Ladder Allocation May Be Structured As A Grant, Not ‘Gift’

    It appears that a $1.5 million capital allocation that has been pending for several years as the Newtown Hook & Ladder fire company secured and planned to build a new headquarters could be restructured as a grant, with terms. Until recently, officials were describing the assistance being provided so the volunteer fire company to establish its independent headquarters as a “gift.”

  • Tickborne Disease Awareness Survey Launching

    The effort to better understand the public’s perception and behavior regarding tick bites and tickborne disease is stepping up, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.

    “Newtown, through a proposal/bid process, has contracted with MORE Advertising, and is launching a short survey which will capture the public’s current knowledge and perception of risk about tickborne diseases,” she said in a release.

  • 9/11 Ceremony: Remembering Losses & Gains

    Visibly moved, Howard Lasher choked back tears Thursday morning, September 11, as he read the names of friends and colleagues killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001. It was halfway through the ceremony hosted by Mr Lasher, a retired Wall Street executive and trader, and his wife, Jeanette Hubner, at their Route 302 property in Newtown, to honor the memories of all lost that day.

  • Police Reports | August 28-September 10, 2014

    False ID

    While conducting surveillance of town liquor stores, local officers observed Jake Thomas Behan, 19, arriving at the Rooster Wine & Liquor store at 113 South Main Street operating a vehicle without a front marker plate. They then observed Behan exiting the store with a 12-pack of beer and stopped him to investigate.