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  • Firehouse Ride To Continue Hook & Ladder Fundraising Effort

    A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.

  • Hook & Ladder Allocation May Be Structured As A Grant, Not ‘Gift’

    It appears that a $1.5 million capital allocation that has been pending for several years as the Newtown Hook & Ladder fire company secured and planned to build a new headquarters could be restructured as a grant, with terms. Until recently, officials were describing the assistance being provided so the volunteer fire company to establish its independent headquarters as a “gift.”

  • Firefighters Provide Mutual Aid To Southbury During Factory Fire

    As viewed from South Main Street, the factory building at the corner of 1200 South Main Street and Hollow Swamp Road had fire burning through a section of its roof and showing through part of its eaves when Newtown firefighters arrived on scene this morning.

  • Selectmen Updated On Hook & Ladder Plans, Parent Connection Lease, Facilities Study

    The Board of Selectmen on April 21 received an update on the progress of Hook & Ladder’s planned new headquarters, authorized a lease for Newtown Parent Connection’s (NPC) new offices at Fairfield Hills, and continued planning for a townwide municipal facilities analysis.

    Newtown Hook & Ladder representative Rick Camejo reported to the selectmen that he believed the signing of a contract to purchase property from Trinity Episcopal Church to site the company’s new headquarters was imminent.

  • Lumber On Truck Ignites While In Transit On I-84

    While driving westward on Interstate 84 on the morning of Wednesday, April 9, an unidentified tractor-trailer truck driver looked into his rear-view mirror and noticed that a load of lumber positioned on his flatbed trailer had caught fire, so he stopped the truck about 2,000 feet east of the Tunnel Road overpass.

  • Church Members Explain Reasons For Planned Land Sale To Hook & Ladder

    Representatives of Trinity Episcopal Church, which plans to sell land to the Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighting organization for construction of a new firehouse, have explained church members’ thinking in terms of their recent decision to sell the land.

  • NH&L Looking Forward To New Firehouse

    As 2014 opened, members of Newtown Hook & Ladder Company were looking forward hopefully, as their plans for a new firehouse in the borough finally were starting to take shape. The project will enable the fire company to own its facility rather than to continue as a tenant of the Town of Newtown.

    The group, which has served as a local firefighting organization since 1883, for more than 25 years has sought new quarters that would suitably provide shelter and storage for its equipment.

  • 2014 Will See Newtown Ramping Up Numerous Capital Projects

    Momentum is building, literally, as more than a half-dozen capital projects move toward completion, or begin shifting from the drawing board to their respective construction phases in 2014.

  • SUV And Bus In Head-On Crash At Fairfield Hills

    There is a curving section of Wasserman Way, just east of its intersection with Mile Hill Road South, which is especially hazardous during wet conditions, with many westbound motorists having been involved in accidents there.

    Most typically, the incidents are one-vehicle crashes in which westbound autos travel off the road, sometimes rolling over and sometimes ripping down sections of chain-link fence at the southwest corner of the Reed Intermediate School grounds.

  • Early Morning Two-Truck Crash On I-84 Causes Major Travel Delays

    An accident involving two trucks after 5 am on Thursday, October 3, on westbound Interstate 84, about one mile west of Exit 9, caused extensive travel delays on westbound I-84 and adjacent local roads during the morning rush.

    Initially reported as having occurred on westbound I-84 between Exits 10 and 9, the call resulted in Newtown Hook & Ladder and Hawleyville volunteer firefighters responding to the incident. Hook & Ladder Chief Ray Corbo served as incident commander.