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  • Queen St. Residents Applaud Speed Tables For Traffic Control

    A small group of Queen Street residents attended a Police Commission session this week to thank that agency, which serves as the local traffic authority, for having had five permanent speed tables installed on the southern section of the mile-long street that links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road.

    The town recently installed two new speed tables on Queen Street, bringing to five the number of such speed-calming devices on the north-south road. The town installed the initial three speed tables late last year.

  • Fire Reports August 1 - 8, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

    Thursday, August 1: 2:45 pm, wires down, near intersection of Hanover Road and Lake Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • AG: Donor Intent Was Honored In Sandy Hook Fund Distribution

    This report was updated August 8 adding comments from Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick.

    Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.

  • Firm Selected For Superintendent Search

    The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.

  • Finance Board Adds Sandy Hook School To CIP

    During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

    Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.

  • DOT Advises That Bridge Construction Will Cause I-84 Traffic Delays

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) advises that normal dual-lane traffic flowing on eastbound Interstate 84 between Exits 11 and 13 will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 9 am to 3 pm, each day, to allow certain construction to proceed on an I-84 bridge replacement project.

    The left lane on eastbound I-84 in that area will be closed during those periods.

  • 12/14 Investigation Report Due ‘In The Fall’

    HARTFORD —On Tuesday morning, August 6, state officials involved in the investigation into the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School met to discuss the progress of the state police probe and consider when a public version of the ongoing investigation’s findings would be disclosed.

    Mark Ojakian, who is the governor’s chief of staff, met with Stephen J. Sedensky III, who is the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, and with Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.

  • Unity Riders Arriving Today; All Related Events Taking Place At 2GHG HQ

    The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will welcome The Unity Riders to the 2GHG headquarters today.

    The group is expected to arrive by late morning, and welcoming ceremonies are scheduled to begin right around noon, according to 2LT Ken Fay, public affairs officer for Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard.

  • SUV Crash Closes Route 34, Causes Electrical Outages

    Roadblocks to through-traffic initially were set up at the intersection of Berkshire Road and Toddy Hill Road (above), the intersection of Berkshire Road and Sherman Street, and the intersection of Pole Bridge Road and Jeremiah Road. 

  • Student Arrested On Three Charges After Knife Incident

    Police report that an incident that involved the threatening display of a knife occurred among a group students who were working summer jobs at Newtown High School.

    There were no injuries, police said.

    The unidentified youth who displayed the knife reportedly was a boy.

    Police said that at about 12:20 pm on Wednesday, July 24, they were dispatched to the school on a report that a person there had pulled a knife on another person.