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  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion OK’d

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

    George Benson, town director of planning, presented plans for the expansion project to P&Z members at an August 6 public hearing. Mr Benson termed the application “straightforward.”

    No members of the public spoke at the hearing.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion Hearing Set For August 6

    A proposal to more than double the size of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company’s fire substation at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34) is scheduled for public discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The fire substation expansion proposal will be the subject of a site development plan review by the P&Z.

  • Investigation Continuing Into Aunt Park Lane House Fire

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said May 6 he is investigating the cause of an accidental fire that destroyed a cape-style house at 4 Aunt Park Lane in Hattertown early on the morning of Monday, May 4. The fire did not start due to the presence of compressed propane within two large tanks near the house, but after the fire started, the gas intensified the blaze, fueling the flames, he said.

  • Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Castle Hill Road House

    Firefighters arrived at 101 Castle Hill Road at about 6 pm on Thursday, April 23, encountered intense flames shooting out of upper-story windows. Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo said it took approximately 20 minutes to knock the fire down.

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  • Police, Fire Officials Probing Suspicious House Fire

    Police and fire officials are investigating an intentionally set fire which was discovered on the night of Monday, April 13, at an unoccupied one-family house under renovation at 52 Taunton Lake Road, overlooking Taunton Lake.

    There were no injuries to firefighters in the incident which caused “moderate” damage to the white Cape-style house, which has a finished second-story. The house is owned by Anna Lisek Boland of Hawleyville, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead.

  • Open Burning Season Extended To May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead announced March 26 that the open burning season is extended to May 15 to allow residents sufficient time to burn small brush for its disposal.

    Open burning season normally starts on November 1 and extends to April 1, but the season is being extended by more than six weeks in view of the recent cold and snowy winter.

    Brush that typically would have been in the open by this time of year may still be underneath the snowpack, resulting in the fire marshal extending the open burning season.

  • Halstead Honored By Board Of Fire Commissioners

    Bill Halstead was honored by the Board of Fire Commissioners at the conclusion of the board’s meeting on March 23.

    Mr Halstead, who serves as chief of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and is also the town’s fire marshal, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a firefighter in January. Once the business meeting was finished Monday night, the commissioners surprised Mr Halstead with the honor.

    Commissioner Kevin Cragin spoke on behalf of the board.

  • Town Preparing For Winter Storm Juno

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Newtown’s Emergency Management Team are asking that every resident make appropriate preparations to ensure personal safety and readiness for what might be a major disruption in services. 

  • Sandy Hook Chief: Halstead Reflects On 50 Years Of Firefighting

    Volunteer firefighting is not a simple task. During all types of weather and at any time of day or night, an emergency call may sound, summoning firefighters from wherever they may be, and whatever they may be doing to respond to the scene of an emergency.

    For the past half century in Newtown, Bill Halstead has been among those who showed up to help.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Donations, Sponsorships Sought

    The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown has expanded its fundraising for the 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture, scheduled this year for Friday, December 5. The event will begin with musical performances at 6:30 pm, and culminate with the tree lighting at 7, followed by caroling, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs Claus.