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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meditation, Monthly Coffee Break & Chair Massage At Resiliency Center

    The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces its first three programs of 2015.

    On Friday, January 9, Carla Bates Barzetti will lead guided healing meditation from 9:30 until 10:30 am. Each month’s guided meditation session focuses on a different virtue. January’s is Joyfulness.

  • 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. 

  • Governor Activates State Severe Weather Protocol

    NOTE: This story was updated at 5 pm Tuesday, January 6, to include an announcement from Town of Newtown officials and additional weather information from the National Weather Service.

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  • Budget, Transportation Among Top Session Issues

    HARTFORD — Projected state budget deficits and an aging transportation infrastructure are among the key challenges Connecticut lawmakers are expected tackle when they convene the new legislative session.

    Expanding jobs, reining in consumer electricity costs and overhauling domestic violence restraining orders are among some other big tasks also on tap.

  • Year In Review: A New Playground Is Built

    In the same space and in the same spirit of FunSpace, a playground at Dickinson Park that was falling into disrepair and which the town tore down in October 2013, is the new FunSpace II. During that same month, ground was broken for a new playscape, and the new construction was completed and opened to children by August 2014.

  • Year In Review: Former State Hospital's Danbury Hall Razed

    Gone from the horizon is one of Newtown’s highly visible, but long empty relics at Fairfield Hills.

    Danbury Hall, once home to psychiatric hospital staff, is gone. By late September, heavy machinery was waiting to chew and dismantled the old brick structure located near the corner of the campus’s main entrance off Wasserman Way.