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  • Firehouse Traffic Report Issue Unresolved

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Mangiafico told Police Commission members on January 6 that he sent an e-mail message to Rob Manna, who represents Hook & Ladder, in seeking to learn when the commission will receive the requested traffic report.

  • Camera Club To Host Competition, Hands On Program

    On Thursday, January 15, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host its first general meeting and photo competition of the new year.

    January’s assigned subject is “Animals (non-domesticated).” Club members will be challenged to showcase their creativity for capturing animal photography. There will also be competitions in Digital, Black & White and Open Color.

  • Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth Returning January 17

    Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and other entertainers: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic, for youth in grades 5-12, will return Saturday, January 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The event takes place in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available.

    A welcoming atmosphere and an enthusiastic all-ages audience makes this a great night every time. Suggested donation is $1.

  • Town Historian’s Annual Lecture: ‘A Night At The Nickelodeon,’ Monday

    Before it was a television channel, the word “nickelodeon” meant a performance that cost a nickel: juke box, player piano, and especially a movie theater. On Monday, January 12, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Daniel Cruson will give his annual lecture, this year looking at “A Night At The Nickelodeon.”

    The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.  

  • Free Screening Saturday Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that many are calling one of the best films released in 2014, will be the next film offered at Edmond Town Hall Theatre.

    The film will be screened daily, January 9-15.

  • New Mental Health First Aid Class Set

    A second round of Mental Health First Aid Certification is being on Saturdays, February 28 and March 7. Participants must attend both 8:30 am to 12:30 pm sessions at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street.

    The class is free to people who live and work in Newtown with support provided by The Newtown/Sandy Hook Community Foundation. It is being presented by Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

  • Reestablishing An Iconic View: Nettleton Preserve Memorial Tree Project Reclaims Natural Beauty

    Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.

  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Selectmen Recommend Lanza Home Be Demolished

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed January 5 to recommend to the Legislative Council that the 36 Yogananda Street residence once occupied by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza be demolished.

    The residence was also the site where Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy, before traveling to the local elementary school and perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in US history.

  • Regulations That Don’t Respect Neighborhoods

    To the Editor:

    The state’s “affordable housing regulations” have provided developers with free reign over communities that have strived to maintain their country living character. Clearly, our elected P&Z members and their land-use officials think they will mitigate the impact of such rampant development by reaching compromise agreements with potential developers who will (if necessary) bully our agencies by threatening affordable housing.