- Thursday, July 31, 2014
Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away.
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
Traffic Signal Accident
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the four-way traffic signal that controls traffic flow at the intersection of Queen Street and the commercial driveways at 5 and 6 Queen Street at about 12:39 pm on July 22.
The collision involved motorist Louis Fico, 83, of 17 Bonnie Brae Drive, who was driving a 2005 Honda Accord sedan, and motorist Adam Schankman, 22, of 53 Mt Nebo Road, who was driving a 2001 Audi A-6 sedan, according to police.
- Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A teacher who helped save the lives of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 has a book deal.
G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday, July 29, that Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive.
The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.
IWC members unanimously approved the permit at a special meeting on Monday, July 28.
Before the IWC’s approval, IWC member Anne Peters said, “a huge amount of energy and effort has gone into this application.”Tuesday, July 29, 2014Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Under adult supervision, children were allowed to explore FunSpace II for a few hours on July 26. The new playground at Dickinson Park was dedicated on Saturday, but is now temporarily closed while town crews finish final safety installations. Parks & Rec is hoping to fully open the playground next week.Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:41 am
While the Board of Education held off making a decision on whether to implement a school-based health clinic at Newtown Middle School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15, it also promised to take the topic up again at a future date.
When Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, arrived in the school district in April, he told the school board during its meeting on July 15, the conversation about adding a school-based health clinic at NMS was already ongoing.Monday, July 28, 2014
Newtown is among a growing number of towns in recent years infested with the emerald ash borer, “a destructive insect responsible for the death and decline” of ash trees throughout the country, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The ash borer was detected in Newtown in 2012-13. The damaging insect has now been detected in a total of 39 towns, the most recent being Bridgeport just last week.Monday, July 28, 2014
Police report that during a sobriety checkpoint that they held on the evening of Saturday, July 19, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 20, at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills, they charged a Southbury man with driving under the influence.
Police said that at about 8 pm on July 19, Tyler Hine, 19, of Southbury was driving eastward on Wasserman Way and then stopped at the checkpoint.