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Carolee Mason

  • Facebook Moms Tracking Local Bear’s Comings And Goings

    Anne Scarpa on May 26 thought she saw a dog in her yard from an upstairs window, then realized it was a bear. She and her daughter quickly took pictures as the bear “ate some vegetation, then went through a split rail fence.” She said it went in the direction of Bennetts Bridge. Ms Scarpa described the bear as “very cute and mellow.” She said its movements were slow and it was “doing nothing too destructive.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown is beginning to feel a little like Wild Kingdom to me. In addition to the usual coyote and deer sightings, I am hearing about some more unusual activity. First, there are the bobcats on Scudder Road. Then there is the swan on Route 302.

  • Coyote Sightings Raise Concerns And Cautions

    Newtown residents have reported multiple sightings — and hearings— of coyotes and coyote packs to The Newtown Bee in recent weeks. With recent news reports of dogs in Southington attacked by coyotes as their owner walked them on a trail, some people are anxious.

    Diana Baxter has seen and heard a large pack of coyotes in the Walnut Tree Hill area the past week, and it makes her nervous.

  • Help And Kindness

    (The following letter to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.)

    To First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra:

    Newtown Animal Municipal Control Officer Carolee Mason. Words fail me but you didn’t.

  • With Biters And Special Needs Canines, The Newtown Pound Is Going The Extra Mile For The Dogs Nobody Wants

    It used to be that dog pounds were the end of the line for problem dogs. If initial attempts to place them in new homes failed, it was only a matter of time before they were put down

    Newtown’s latest animal welfare policy does includes provisions for euthanasia, but those provisions are so narrow and restrictive that even the most problematic dogs have a good chance to live out their natural lives,  even known biters.