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  • Late-Night Work On I-84 Bridges Will Close Highway Lanes This Week

    A Connecticut Department of Transportation traffic update is warning motorists to expect delays on Interstate 84 between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15 through at least Friday, October 17. The DOT has implemented a nighttime maintenance project on the bridges over Hanover Road and Boulevard in Newtown. Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions, according to the release. Impact attenuators, traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be working to guide travelers through the work zone, but motorists are asked to maintain a safe speed while driving in this vicinity.

  • FunSpace II To Temporarily Close

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department has announced that work scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 14, at FunSpace II lead to a temporary closing of the playground. The playground, within Dickinson Park on Elm Drive, will close at 10 am Tuesday. It will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

  • New House Rises In Sandy Hook, Replacing Blighted Structure

    Local electrician Ken Burns has fond memories of his youth living with his family at a compact ranch-style house at 82 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. He recalls days of playing in the spacious backyard amid fields and trees which lead to the rustic, winding Sugarloaf Road. In the past, the area was generally agricultural, he noted. A large working farm stood across Sugarloaf Road in the area now proposed for the 42-lot Sherman Woods cluster-style residential subdivision. Today, Mr Burns, the proprietor of Ken Burns Electrical Contractors Inc, of Hawleyville, is overseeing the swift construction of a new house at the Berkshire Road site.

  • State Lawmakers Urge EPA To Reconsider Neonicotinoid Pesticides

    Three Connecticut lawmakers are among the 60 members of Congress who have signed a letter, dated September 30, to Gina McCarthy, administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Esty (D-Fifth Congressional District), Rosa DeLauro (D-Third Congressional District), and James Hines (D-Fourth Congressional District) have joined in requesting the EPA to consider recent findings from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Task Force on Systemic Insecticides that have linked the environmental accumulation of systemic pesticides, such as the neonicotinoids, to negative impacts on land and water wildlife. Water-soluble neonicotinoids break down slowly in the environment, allowing them to be taken up by plants, and providing protection from insects. Neonicotinoids include acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam, with imidacloprid being the most widely used.

  • Concussion Discussion: NHS Sports Programs Are Ahead Of The Game

    Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.

  • Developer Offers More Data On Subdivision Plan

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are reviewing revised and expanded technical information provided by the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. On October 8, the IWC held a public hearing on the proposed cluster-style development, which seeks to concentrate new single-family houses in two areas on the site in order to leave approximately one-half of the overall tract as undeveloped open space land. Such land would be open to the public for passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study. About 25 residents attended the October 8 IWC session.

  • In The Right Place, They Are Welcome Guests: A Good Year For Wasps, Experts Say

    Beekeeper and resident Jeff Shwartz has been hearing a lot about wasps. He said, “I got more calls this year about wasps than any other year,” which may be because he has been doing bee and wasp removal for a long time and more people know about him, he said. Or, this year has been "good" for the wasps, he said. He and others agree that the number of ground nests and wasp activity is up this year.

  • Single Car Crash Closes Main Street At Midnight

    A single car crash just before midnight Friday evening resulted in the state DOT closing the busy roadway for several hours while crews assessed and repaired damage to a snapped utility pole just north of Hanover Road. It was unclear whether the male driver sustained injuries requiring transport to the hospital, but local police, ambulance volunteers and Newtown Hook & Ladder responded to the initial calls for assistance at 11:43 pm. Hook & Ladder Chief Ray Corbo said the first fire dispatch warned of a possible extrication, but upon arrival, the unidentified male driver was conscious and alert. Chief Corbo said the driver appeared to be the only occupant of the car, and he did not require extrication.

  • A New Twist: Foley Embraces Q-Poll Tie, Denies Ever Holding Lead

    Republican Tom Foley and Democrats supporting Governor Dannel P. Malloy agree that Quinnipiac University’s poll declaring the race a tie is accurate — and that last month’s survey giving Foley a six-point lead was faulty. Foley, who did not publicly disavow a six-point lead a month ago, is not being magnanimous. The GOP nominee is trying to disabuse the press and voting public of the impression that Malloy has momentum by turning his deficit last month into a dead heat in Wednesday’s poll.

  • Phase 4: School Board Approves SHS Construction Documents

    The Board of Education approved on Tuesday, October 7, the fourth phase of the Sandy Hook School building construction project. The school board’s unanimous approval will now allow the Phase 4 documents to be submitted to the State of Connecticut’s Office of School Facilities for review and approval. The construction documents submitted for the board’s approval at this week’s meeting are “substantially complete,” said Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management. "We're going to call them 95 percent complete," she said.