• State Senate Leader Opposes Privacy Bill As Affront To FOI

    Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. testifying against a bill that he says would erode the Freedom of Information Act.

    In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

  • Superintendent Search Focuses On Southington Candidate

    Newtown may be close to its final selection for a new school superintendent. Five members of Newtown’s Board of Education plan to head to Southington January 10 to conduct a site visit with that district’s Superintendent Dr. Joseph V Erardi, Jr, who is a candidate for the top spot locally.

  • Frank Edson Furze, Jr

    Frank Edson Furze, Jr, 92, of Newtown, died December 29, at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Detroit to Madeline (Serrell) Edson Furze and Frank Furze, Sr, and was a longtime Newtown resident.

    He was an accomplished machinist for Bassick Co in Bridgeport for many years.

    A World War II US Navy veteran, he was a very active member of the VFW in Bethel where he served as quartermaster and chaplain. He was also an active member of the Newtown Senior Center.

  • Lawrence Surat, Jr

    Lawrence Surat, Jr, 60, of Danbury, died November 20, following a long illness.

    His son Sean Surat, and his mother Mildred Surat, both of Newtown; and his sisters Ellen Barron and Jean Kunkel survive Mr Surat.

    His interests were in history and Native American culture, and he loved fishing.

     A memorial service will take place Friday, November 29, at 3 pm, at the Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Newtown.

  • John T. Buczek, Jr

    John T. “Jack” Buczek, Jr, 65, of New Milford, died unexpectedly November 15, at home. He was born in New Milford, December 2, 1947, and was the son of Catherine Buczek and the late John Buczek.

  • Chileon L. Dickerson, Jr

    Chileon L. “Chick” Dickerson, Jr, 84, of Sandy Hook, died October 24 in Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born September 12, 1929, in Bridgeport, a son of Jeanette (Nichols) and Chileon Dickerson. He was the husband of Mary (Beers) Dickerson.

    A self-employed plumber by trade, Mr Dickerson was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 10190 in Georgetown, Conn., and the United Methodist Church of Ansonia.

  • Matthew T. Farrell, Jr

    Matthew T. Farrell, Jr, 58, died September 7, in St Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, surrounded by his family and friends. Born June 28, 1955, he was formerly of Stratford and a resident of Monroe for the last 31 years.

  • Albert E. Minck, Jr

    Albert E. “Buddy” Minck, Jr, 90, of Bradenton, Fla., and Newtown, and previously of Danbury, died peacefully at his Newtown home, June 24, surrounded by his family. He was born November 24, 1922, in Danbury, son of Lucy (Carmody) and Albert E. Minck, Sr.

    His wife, Liljan (Korswold) Minck; their son, Eric Minck, and his wife Sandra, of Southbury; their daughter, Valerie Ingham, and her husband Clifford, of Newtown; three grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Shea of Hamden, survive Mr Minck. His brother, James Minck, predeceased him.

  • Bernard P. Karcheski, Jr

    Bernard P. Karcheski, Jr, 60, of Torrington, died May 15, in Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington. He was born in Bridgeport, January 15, 1953, a son of Isabelle (Carneka) and Bernard P. Karcheski.

    Mr Karcheski grew up in Newtown and was a graduate of Newtown High School Class of 1971 and the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. He later moved to New Jersey where he owned a car dealership and was a building contractor. Most recently he resided in Torrington and was retired.

  • Arthur Richard Hoyt, Jr

    Arthur Richard Hoyt, Jr, 87, died peacefully, April 12. He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Katherine (Tillman) and Arthur Hoyt.