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  • Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

    United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

  • Residents Oppose Allowing Scrap Tire Recycling

    An industrial firm’s proposal for a zoning rule change, which would allow scrap tire storage and recycling in M-1 (Industrial) zones under the terms of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) special permit process, has drawn stiff opposition from some High Bridge Road area residents.

  • The Preserve At Newtown: Wetlands Agency Approves 23-Lot Residential Subdivision

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week granted a wetlands/watercourses protection permit to the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision in Dodgingtown.

    IWC members unanimously approved the application on Wednesday, November 12, following several months of review and public hearings on the plans for the 167-acre site.

    The project is proposed by developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.

  • Vendor Fair To Benefit NHS Winter Guard, Saturday In Sandy Hook

    With the marching band season now ended, the Newtown Winter Guard program is gearing up for an exciting season. Currently 49 students in grades 5-12 are registered in the program. With the cost of attending the World Guard International Championships increasing to $900 per student on top of the season fees of $825 per person, The Varsity team is set for a season of fundraising, as the cost of the entire program is funded by the individual families who participate, with the exception of school buses used for local competitions.

  • Democrat Romano Resigns Legislative Council Post

    Just two weeks shy of her first year in elected office, District 2 Legislative Council Representative Lisa Romano has tendered her resignation to Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead and Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob.

    In her brief notice, Ms Romano states, “I have made the difficult decision to focus my energies on professional and career commitments as well as projects in the community where I can make an impact.

  • Newtown Meals On Wheels Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

    A special birthday party took place Monday morning, November 17, when former and current drivers, and board members of Newtown Meals on Wheels (MOW) gathered in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library to celebrate 40 years of service to the community.

  • Permanent Memorial Commission Continues Deliberations

    Members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) heard presentations from two area artists during the commission’s regular meeting on November 13, conducted at Newtown Municipal Center. The presentations were at the requests of the artists, said Kyle Lyddy, SHPMC chairman.

  • Gov Malloy Directs Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Judge John T. Downey

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing US and Connecticut flags to half-staff in memory of the Honorable John T. Downey, a Connecticut judge who passed away early this morning.

  • ‘Within Our Reach:’ Newtown Youth Voices, Peter Yarrow, Et Al In Song And Spoken Word

    Monday, November 17, 2014: This post has been updated to indicate the correct station number for WMNR.

     

    On Sunday afternoon, November 23, “Within Our Reach — A Celebration Of Our Commitment To Fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise,” will broadcast live from Newtown Congregational Church on WPKN (89.5 FM) and WXCI (91.7).

    WMNR (88.1 FM) will rebroadcast the event at 9 pm that evening.

  • IWC Endorses Concrete Work At Animal Sanctuary Site

    Following discussion at a November 12 session, Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members  unanimously endorsed, after the fact, the recent construction of a 576-square-foot concrete pad at a 34-acre site at Fairfield Hills to be used as a pedestal for sculpture at a planned animal sanctuary.