• Local Republicans Tout All Volunteers Coming Forward To Serve

    In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service. “Finding people willing to serve is not an easy task,” the paper points out. “Often times, serving the town means many hours spent away from family and friends with no compensation other than the satisfaction of trying to make Newtown a better place.”

  • Drug Trafficking Trial For Santucci, Chickos Postponed

    HARTFORD — Jury selection in the federal drug trafficking trial of a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency communications dispatcher has been postponed from October 13 to January 12. Thomas Carson, spokesman for the US Attorney for Connecticut, said September 30 that on September 23 the defendants in the case attended a court conference to discuss the status of their cases. Among the 11 defendants are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests by federal authorities in late April. Federal officials allege that Mr Santucci headed the drug ring.

  • Stories Elicit Laughter, Tears From Friends Gathered At Wasserman Celebration

    As friends, colleagues, and admirers gathered for a celebration of her life at Fairfield Hills Saturday September 26, one could easily imagine Julia Wasserman somewhere beyond the wispy clouds that dotted the afternoon sky, head cocked earthward, listening to the hundreds of stories unfolding about the indomitable former state representative who did so much for — and meant so much to — the community she called home. While only a half dozen of those in attendance made their way to the microphone, offering personal glimpses into the wiles and wit of Mrs Wasserman, those stories evoked a mixture of laughter, tears, and glowing admiration for this small but powerfully determined woman who began a life full of adventure escaping the Nazi regime in Germany as a teenaged girl.

  • WCSU Compassion Conference Postponed

    The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers. Organizers say they regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.

  • P&Z Conditionally Approves Rand-Whitney Factory Expansion

    Following a public hearing on a proposal to greatly expand the Rand-Whitney Container factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road, P&Z members on September 17 conditionally approved the project for the 18.7-acre site. P&Z members agreed that the plans to increase the factory’s size from 127,500 square feet to 308,000 square feet meet the standards and criteria for site development plan approval. Also, the project meets the terms of the M-1 (Industrial) zoning regulations and conforms with the 2014 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, P&Z members decided. P&Z members approved the zoning aspects of the project on the condition that the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) approves the environmental protection aspects of the proposal.

  • Taxpayer Questions Sought For Finance Board Forum

    Newtown taxpayers and residents are encouraged to submit questions they may have about local financial practices, capital spending, bonding, town pensions, the looming “Cadillac Tax,” taxation or any other issues that involve the consultation or directive of the Board Finance. Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates. Forum host and Bee Editor Curtiss Clark said that while the newspaper’s previous local pre-election forums have focused on top of ticket races, the 2015 First Selectman and Board of Selectmen races this November are all uncontested.

  • PTAs And PTSA To Host BOE Candidate Informational Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA are scheduled to host an informational forum of Board of Education candidates running for election in November. The event is set for Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8 pm, in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School. The forum participants will be Republican Andrew Clure, Republican David Freedman, and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites. A brief statement will be read on behalf of candidate Democrat John Vouros, who is unable to attend.

  • Newtown Education Foundation Slates Public Forum

    The Newtown Education Foundation (NEF) has scheduled an open public forum for Monday, October 5, from 7 pm to 8 pm at Reed Intermediate School for the entire community. According to a press release from the NEF, work is continuing to form the foundation, and the next step is community engagement. The NEF was co-founded by Kristen Bonacci, Casey Ragan, and Aaron Carlson. According to the release, work and efforts on the foundation have included research, a meeting with Newtown educators and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr, a meeting with community members, which was held to gauge community interest, and generating ideas from within the district and community.

  • Former Resident Donates Statues To VFW

    Tuesday evening, September 15, found a small gathering of VFW Post 308 members with Col Robert Morris Jr (Ret) as he donated four 20-inch statues representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Each statue carries a flag for its respective branch of the service. They now stand in the Newtown VFW, part of a display that honors POWs and those still missing in action.

  • Growing Pains At The Farmers’ Market

    Townspeople would love to see an expanded Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, said Jim Shortt, whose farmstand is one of the anchors there. Other markets in the state offer more variety and cater to the desires of today’s shopper, he said, with selections of jams, jellies, baked goods, wines, oils, prepared foods, and sandwiches. But why Newtown’s market offers such a limited selection is complicated, both town officials and local farmers agree.