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  • State Seizes Nine Horses, Many Cats And Dogs At Town’s End Road Property

    A state Department of Agriculture staff member handles a horse that was seized Monday morning from a property on Town’s End Road. The state Department of Agriculture seized nine malnourished, neglected horses, plus numerous cats and dogs, all of which were living in unhealthy conditions at a residential property in southern Newtown.

  • June 27-30: Stevenson Dam Bridge To Close For 90-Hour Maintenance Project, Detours Planned

    MONROE — For the second time in as many months, the section of Route 34 that is located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow maintenance to be done on the dam’s floodgates.

    Leonard Greene, spokesman for FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, said June 17 that the road closure is planned to last for a total of 90 hours.

  • Queen Street Banner Ban Prompts Alternate Postings

    For about 20 years, local civic groups and town agencies have had their colorful banners posted by the town above Queen Street, near Newtown Middle School, to promote various nonprofit events that are open to the public.

    But a recent incident involving the presence of high-voltage electrical lines there has resulted in the town stopping that practice and recommending that those groups post their banners elsewhere, according to Fred Hurley, director of public works.

  • Public Celebration June 28 Will Honor Julia Wasserman, Mae Schmidle

    Chances are, no matter where you travel in Newtown, you have seen or experienced something for which either former state lawmaker Julia Wasserman or Mae Schmidle was responsible.

  • BOS Wants Facilities Panel Poised To Consider Hawley School

    During a routine report to her board June 15, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she wants an ad-hoc panel assessing possible future use or repurposing of several public buildings to be prepared to consider Hawley School, if or when the Board of Education determines that facility will be closed.

  • Kids Staying With Friends? Llodra Implores Parents To ASK About Firearms

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is standing with a growing number of community leaders and others imploring parents to include one significant question among the many that present when kids visit or stay over at friends homes. And she is hoping a major awareness campaign targeting Sunday, June 21 — the first day of Summer — hits home in Newtown.

    “ASK” if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play.

  • Democrats Oppose Immediate School Closing; Erardi Feels No Pressure

    School Superintendent Joseph V Erardi, Jr said June 17 he is feeling no political pressure as Town Democrats and Borough Burgesses lined up to oppose closing any Newtown schools at this time even in the face of dwindling enrollment.

  • Jones Named Newtown Public Schools Teacher Of The Year

    Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones has been selected by the district as the 2015-16 Newtown Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

    A music educator at Middle Gate for the past eight years, Mrs Jones is a master teacher and one who is held in high regard by students, peers, and the Newtown community, according to a press release issued by the district.

  • River Walk Multifamily Proposal Gains Approval For Sewers

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has given preliminary approval for municipal sanitary sewer service to The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 74-unit condominium complex proposed for Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    WSA members granted the preliminary sewer approval to local builder/developer Michael Burton at a June 11 meeting, following their review of technical information on the project at several WSA sessions.

  • Police Reports, June 10-17, 2015

    Church Hill Crash

    Police report a two-vehicle accident near 66 Church Hill Road, at the driveway entrance to the Blue Colony Diner, about 12:22 pm on June 11.