• Land Trust Hopes To Preserve Parcels In Castle Hill Housing Plan

    A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill. A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.

  • Cyclists Plan Sandy Hook Ride On Washington

    Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.On March 9,at 8:30 am, a large rally at Reed Intermediate School will send off Team 26, a group of 26 cyclists, on a Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a 400-mile, four-day ride to the US capitol.

  • School Board Looks At Calendars, Superintendent Searches

    The Board of Education began its Tuesday, March 5, meeting with a brief announcement that it received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of the meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent. Also during the meeting, the school board supported its previous motion, made at a January 23 meeting, not to remove days from this school year’s set April break, and voted on calendars for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, with some caveats. School board Chair Debbie Leidlein said Dr Robinson’s letter of resignation will be effective on June 28.

  • NYFS Seeking Volunteers For Independent Living Day 2013

    Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) is seeking volunteers for Independent Living Day 2013. The annual event helps low- to moderate-income seniors and disabled residents to remain in their homes independently for longer periods of time by receiving assistance with basic home upkeep, free of charge.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • NHS Graduates Planning Boston Event To Benefit Children’s Museum

    The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston. In response to the tragedy of 12/14, nine young people found themselves pulled together, and like so many others, began asking what they could do to help ease the pain in their hometown. “After all of us went home for the holidays and experienced what the rest of the town was going through, there was a huge disconnect upon returning to Boston,” recalled Will Jacob, a 2006 graduate, adding, “I think it was a tough thing for us to come to terms with — to feel like the sorrow from our small corner of the world was already forgotten.”

  • Robinson’s Stratford Contract Confirms Start Date, Benefit Details

    Newtown’s departing School Superintendent Janet Robinson will begin her new job in Stratford no later than July 1, according to her new contract, which was provided to The Bee following a Freedom of Information request. The contract also affirms that Stratford will be compensating Dr Robinson at a rate significantly higher than what Stratford’s interim superintendent apparently earned, but less than the same individual earned when she was the contracted superintendent.

  • Community Giveaway Draws A Crowd

    On Sunday afternoon, February 24, some of the thousands of town residents  who attended a community giveaway event at the Reed Intermediate School waited patiently to enter the school gymnasium. Through the event, residents received gifts of goodwill that were sent to the town following the ...

  • Falling Assessments Account for 23% Drop In Grand List

    Newtown Assessor Chris Kelsey has calculated the latest town grand list figures as of October 1, 2012, which indicate local property assessments are down 23.22 percent. As a result, many Newtown property owners will see a slight drop in their residential taxes this year. But Mr Kelsey indicated that those slight adjustments could be equalized or offset by slight increases in motor vehicle taxes.

  • Finance Bd. Reviews Budget, OKs Video Surveillance At Chalk Hill

    The Board of Finance turned its eye on the proposed municipal budget at its meeting on Thursday, February 28, and approved a transfer in the current budget to cover costs for software to enable police to monitor videos at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School in real time.The $174,000 transfer from the Board of Selectman’s 2012-13 Contingency Account to its Capital Account was made to cover the cost of buying software to install in Newtown Police Department cruisers to allow users to monitor video surveillance feeds from cameras set up at Sandy Hook School, located at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School. The $174,000 cost...