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  • NHS To Seek Variance For Electric Entrance Sign

    The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.“The installation of an electric sign is something we wanted to run by the Board of Ed before going to Planning and Zoning,” said NHS Principal Charles Dumais. “It requires a variance from Planning and Zoning. We wanted to know whether or not we had the board’s support in moving forward with this...

  • DC Shutdown Affects School District

    While Newtown is not feeling any major impacts from the federal government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski described one small effect it has had on the district. When Board of Education member William Hart asked Mr Bienkowski, during the school board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, whether the government shutdown will affect any of Newtown’s awarded grants, Mr Bienkowski said the representative working with the district to oversee the US Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant is not in the office anymore...

  • School Board Approves 2014-15 Budget Calendar

    The Board of Education approved its budget development calendar for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its meeting on Tuesday, October 1. According to the draft of the budget calendar, Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed will present the proposed budget to the school board for analysis during a meeting scheduled for January 21. The school board will deliberate and vote for its budget by a scheduled February 6 meeting, before the budget is sent before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council before going out to referendum on April 22...

  • Police Reports September 23 - 28, 2013

    Ford Vs Honda Police said motorist Mitchell Roberts, 17, of 20 Fieldstone Drive was driving a 2010 Ford Focus sedan northward on South Main Street, near Peck’s Lane, behind northbound motorist Patrick Christopher, 49, ...

  • 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. An unidentified male was transported to Danbury Hospital after a panel truck he had pulled to the side of the interstate, after striking a deer, was hit by a tractor-trailer truck that was attempting to avoid hitting additional deer. Neither driver was seriously injured. The accident caused major delays on the highway as well as secondary roads for hours.

  • Fire Reports September 26 - October 3, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, September 26: 10:30 am, residential fire alarm, 1...

  • Officials Winding Down Ambitious Schedule Of Post-12/14 Speaking Engagements

    It was not more than a few weeks after Newtown’s 12/14 tragedy that invitations began pouring in to several key community leaders. Many were from fraternal organizations in law enforcement and emergency communications looking to Police Chief Michael Kehoe and a number of 12/14 police responders, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Emergency Communications Director Maureen Will, for advice or guidance born of their experiences on that horrific day. The public officials have helped as many groups as they could since the beginning of the year. Mrs Llodra has issued a request to town officials to curtain or begin restricting future travel to speak about 12/14 and related issues. “It’s time for us to not be so present in those discussions,” she told The Bee. “It’s time to turn back to our business here.”

  • Testimony Continues In Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – A half-sister of John Heath, who had worked with him as a commercial painter, testified in court on Tuesday, October 1, that she told him that she smelled “something that was dead” in the barn on his property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, at some point not long after Mr Heath had allegedly murdered his wife Elizabeth in April, 1984, hiding her body in a drywell beneath the barn’s floor. Louann Chevalier testified in Danbury Superior Court on the second day of the murder trial that Mr Heath responded that maybe there was something dead in the barn, perhaps wildlife, such as a bat.

  • Library Board Of Trustees Must Balance Town And Private Support

    The C.H. Booth Library operates under an “interesting duality,” said Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in an e-mail to The Bee, last month. “It is housed in a municipal building, its employees are in our pension plan, we subsidize (in part) the library program with taxpayer money, and more — all indicators consistent with ‘public.’ However,” explained Mrs Llodra, “we do not supervise their employees, they are not part of our unions, the Library Board is responsible for maintaining the building, and the majority of the board are not appointed by the Selectmen.”

  • Minor Fire Temporarily Closes Newtown General Store

    UPDATE (9:40 am): Health Department Director Donna Culbert has cleared Newtown General Store to reopen for business. ***** Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville firefighters were alerted at 7:07 am Monday of a fire at Newtown General Store at 43 Main Street. Initially reported as a structure fire, the incident was soon downgraded to an “appliance fire.” Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said that a gas-fired cooking range had ignited while in use. There were no injuries. Damage was minimal. Health Department Director Donna Culbert was planning to be at the store by 10 am, she told The Bee Monday morning. She hoped to be able to clear the business to reopen “in time for lunch traffic,” she said.