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  • Section Of South Main Street Closed Following Accident

    The driver of a passenger vehicle escaped serious injury Monday morning after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended a tanker truck with a load of gasoline.

    The accident occurred just north of the intersection of South Main Street (Route 25) and Pecks Lane, around 6:20 am. The vehicle, a dark colored Toyota sedan, hit the rear of the tanker hard enough to dislodge some of the tanker's couplings. Pieces dropped off the truck for approximately 100 yards. The impact created a break in the tank, and gasoline began spilling, initially reported at approximately a gallon a minute.

  • Town IT Director Pitches Finance Board For New Staffer

    One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.

    In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing IT boss Scott Sharlow, the backlog of work began accumulating and overwhelming the remaining, single full-timer left on staff to support and maintain the 500 computer devices Newtown’s government and public safety departments depend upon.

  • National ChildSafe Program Hits Milestone

    The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, announced that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors, and conservation groups have joined in promoting Project ChildSafe, a national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.

  • Water Lines Fail Amid Extremely Cold Conditions

    The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road.

    Police received a report on that water leakage about 7 am on Wednesday, February, 25.

    Peter Fazekas, spokesman for Aquarion Water Company, said that frost has penetrated the ground to a depth of 42 inches, reflecting frigid subterranean conditions which can result in buried water lines failing.

  • Hershey’s/LBB Settlement Means Cadbury Fans Settle For Less

    Lisa Whitmore, co-owner of UK Gourmet in Newtown, stands in front of a display of imported goods in the Mt Pleasant Road shop. While customers will miss the imported Cadbury products that can no longer be brought overseas for sale, UK Gourmet stocks plenty of other products to ease the pain.      

  • P&Z Approves Major Subdivision In Dodgingtown

    Following detailed review during the past several months, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have conditionally approved The Preserve at Newtown, a planned 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown.

    Notably, about half of the subdivision site would be preserved as undeveloped open space land which will be open to the public and reserved for low-intensity passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study.

  • Police Urge Vigilance After Spate Of Burglaries

    Lieutenant Richard Robinson, who heads the police department’s detective unit, has a watchword for crime prevention: vigilance.

    Staying watchful and being alert to danger or trouble goes a long way toward preventing property crimes such as burglaries and thefts from occurring, he explained this week.

    Vigilant people serve as a “force multiplier” for police by expanding police’s ability to respond to problems, he said.

  • Time To Form Teams: Annual Battle Of The Books Scheduled For April 25

    The C.H. Booth Library invites young adults in grades 5-8 to test their knowledge of four great books, at the 11th Annual Battle of the Books Trivia Contest.

    The game is played in a Jeopardy® style format, similar to the television show. All teams hear the same question together, write their answer in 20 seconds, and then display their answers at the same time.  Each team receives credit for a correct answer.  

  • Community Forum On 2015-16 Spending Plan Set For March 10

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., in partnership with the district’s PTA presidents, is set to hold a community forum, “An All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, and the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” on Tuesday, March 10. The one-hour event, starting at 7:30 pm, will take place in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.

    The meeting is co-sponsored by the PTA Leadership Council, which includes all Newtown Schools.

  • Newtown Rotary Gift Of Life Keeps On Giving

    It could be an idyllic family scene from any one of many homes in Newtown: three older children clustered about a baby in a bouncy seat, while the fire in the fireplace crackles behind them and the adults chat amicably nearby. This family picture, though, is a special blend of children and adults.