• Reminder: DMV Closing For Upgrades, August 11-15

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr, have announced that major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices — except for licensing services — from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15. The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, August 18.

  • Missed The Caucuses? Numerous Petition Seats Open On Local Ballot

    Resident registered Democrats who can fulfill the necessary criteria by August 12 can petition their way onto this November’s local ballot to run for first selectman. There are similar openings for a Republican or Democrat in each of Newtown’s three Legislative Council Districts, as well as on the Boards of Education and Finance. Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead contacted The Newtown Bee July 30 after receiving a certified list that includes fewer names of party-endorsed candidates than the party is entitled to nominate for a number of elected offices.

  • Police Encounter Burglary/Larceny Incident In Sandy Hook

    Police report that while on patrol in Sandy Hook on the afternoon of July 29, they spotted a motorist who was suspiciously driving a vehicle back and forth on Alberts Hill Road. The motorist was later arrested on two charges. Two men associated with the driver were also arrested after it was determined they were planning to commit burglary, and each was found to be carrying weapons.

  • Police Commission Endorses Body Camera Use By Police

    Police Commission members this week agreed that equipping town police officers with body cameras is a good idea that should be implemented at the police department. At an August 4 Police Commission meeting, Police Chief Michael Kehoe termed body cameras to be “a very important policy matter for us, and we want to do the right thing.”

  • Another Main Street Flagpole Intersection Traffic Study Planned

    In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The planned traffic study is the latest of a series of such studies since 2000 that have considered traffic problems the flagpole intersection. According to a recent statistical report from police, the flagpole intersection had 55 collisions from 2012 to 2014 inclusive. Most of the accidents involved vehicles colliding with one another, but others involved vehicles driving into the flagpole. Of the flagpole intersection public safety issues, Police Chairman Paul Mangiafico admitted it is “a very touchy subject.”

  • Hartt School Theater Designer Selected As NHS Auditorium Architect

    Newtown’s Public Building & Site Commissioners, who oversee most of the community’s public capital projects, unanimously selected Smith Edwards McCoy Architects of Hartford to design the Newtown High School auditorium renovation. The firm has a portfolio that includes a new performing arts center for Hartt School at the University of Hartford that was converted from a crumbling abandoned auto dealership, a recently completed part of a historical and ADA conformity renovation at The Old State House in Hartford, and a collaborator on a diverse range of projects at Wadsworth Atheneum over the past three decades.

  • Sandy Hook Promise Helps Fund Resiliency Program

    Sandy Hook Promise, the national non-profit led by several families that lost a loved one in the Sandy Hook School shooting, recently donated $47,000 to help fund a year-long, four-phase resiliency program for members of the emergency response communities and their families. The program is organized by the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team and run by HEART 9/11, a group of 9/11 first responders that has helped other first responders, families, and communities heal and rebuild following tragedies.

  • Police Reports, July 22-August 4, 2015

  • Fire Reports, July 30-August 5, 2015

  • Police Seeking Child Day Care Info

    Town police are asking local child day care centers to review a recent state law to learn whether that law requires them to provide certain contact information to police. Police would use such contact information to reach those day care centers to inform them of any emergencies or natural disasters that may affect the safety of the children at the centers. The new law, An Act Concerning Notification By Law Enforcement Agencies To Day Care Centers, or Public Act 15-161, takes effect on October 1.