• GOP Primary Contenders Argue Over Specifics

    Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney jumped at the chance to accuse his primary opponent of not offering voters a plan as detailed as his proposal to tackle future state budgets and eliminate the personal income tax on middle-class earners. Tom Foley, the party’s endorsed candidate, appears to be looking to the general election, acknowledging he plans to release more detailed policy proposals on urban issues, health care and the economy in late summer or early fall.

  • Saving Annie: A Pet Owner’s Efforts For Her Rescue Dog

    Annie, a rescue dog, could not have known her life was in danger, but owner Alison Cole did. Ms Cole, of Woodbury, works at The Taunton Press. She noticed something was wrong the week before July 4, “just a little red bump; I didn’t think much of it." A week later Ms Cole heard something from a veterinarian that no pet owner wants to hear: her dog had bone cancer, and the aggressive form of the disease had to be removed if the dog was going to live. Ms Cole was able to raise the money needed for Annie's surgery through the kindness of family, friends and strangers, who donated nearly $6,000 for the effort. Now Ms Cole is faced with another $4,000 needed to pay for needed chemotherapy treatments for the 75-pound mix she adopted from Danbury Animal Welfare Society in 2007.

  • Brief Public Hearing Airs Two Suggested Charter Revisions

    The first of at least two public hearings being conducted by Newtown’s newly seated Charter Revision Commission (CRC) only took about 12 minutes, but it provided two residents an opportunity to air ideas on changes they would like to see to the community’s constitutional document. Commissioners Kevin Burns, Eric Paradis, Dan Wiedemann, Deborra Zukowski, Tom Long, James Ritchie, Chairman Jeff Capeci, and Vice Chair Robert Hall were in attendance for the July 28 hearing, which subsequently adjourned into a brief planning meeting. The first resident who approached the commission was former CRC chairman and member Al Cramer, who spoke about the political party makeup of the Board of Education, and his desire to see party affiliation leveled to a more fair playing field for potential minority party members. The second citizen to come before the commissioners was Michael Scolaris, who asked that the panelists consider changing the annual split or bifurcated budget to a nonbinding vote.

  • GOP Primary Voting Location Changed, Registration Deadlines Loom

    Due to the likelihood of extreme heat, and no other place in the facility with air-conditioning, Republican Registrar of Voters Karin Aurelia is moving all GOP Primary voting August 12 from the Newtown Middle School gym to the Reed Intermediate School. Any registered Republican who normally votes at the middle school during political elections should report to the Reed School for the upcoming primary only.

  • One Year Later: Sandy Hook Man’s Disappearance Still ‘A Big Question Mark’

    As the family and friends of Robert Hoagland this week formally marked the first anniversary of his mysterious disappearance from town, police continued to pursue leads on his possible whereabouts in a case that has puzzled both police and the people who knew the Sandy Hook man. On the night of Monday, July 28, a group of Mr Hoagland’s family and friends gathered at the Fairfield Hills Campus. As darkness fell across the verdant lawns, they lit candles within 50 paper lanterns which then slowly rose into the night sky and drifted on a gentle breeze, in honor of Mr Hoagland and in tribute to the family’s friends who have provided moral support after his disappearance, according to Lori Hoagland, Mr Hoagland’s wife. At the same time, another group of family and friends were hosting a similar event in South Carolina, lighting paper bags that had lettering spelling out Mr Hoagland's nickname on a Hilton Head beach.

  • Peacock Comes To Roost With Newtown Couple

    A wandering peacock chose a beautiful late afternoon to walk into a backyard on Shepard Hill Road Thursday, July 24. The interloper, now named Harley, has made himself at home with Lex Nalley and Neil Unger. When people ask, “We tell them we’ve been adopted by a peacock,” Ms Nalley said. Harley seems content to occupy their back deck and yard.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

  • Wetlands Hearing On Cluster-Style 23-Lot Subdivision Slated For Late August

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August. IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on proposal on Wednesday, August 27. At a July 23 session, when IWC members received engineering drawings for the Preserve project, they initially had tentatively scheduled the hearing for August 13. But Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use, said that holding the hearing later, on August 27, would provide sufficient time for legally required notices of that hearing to be filed. Two development firms are proposing the construction of the subdivision on a 167-acre tract , with one cluster of homes built along Robin Hill Road #2 and another cluster to be constructed on a new dead-end street extending from Scudder Road to be known as Deer Hill Drive.

  • Fire Officials Raise Several Concerns On Proposed Dispatching Change

    Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away. Rob Manna of Newtown Hook & Ladder, who is chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and Bill Halstead, who is the town fire marshal and the Sandy Hook fire chief, recently toured the Prospect center to learn about that organization. In a July 28 letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Mr Manna, writing on behalf of the seven-member Board of Fire Commissioners, stated that board members have discussed the proposal to move dispatching to Prospect during their past several meetings.

  • Police Reports | July 22-28, 2014