• Charter Panel Drafts New Property Disposition, Acquisition Language

    Newtown’s latest Charter Revision Commission is heading into June with the end of a yearlong tunnel in sight. Following a May 27 meeting, ccommission Chairman Jeff Capeci said the group was more than two-thirds finished with what will amount to a complete review and refinement of the community’s constitutional document. One of the commission’s most protracted and complicated revisions related to the acquisition and disposition of public or town-owned property was unanimously adopted this week. That final recommendation was the product of many hours of deliberation and fine tuning at both the committee and full commission level, with commission Vice Chair Robert Hall and Commissioner Deborra Zukowski shepherding the revision from the start.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Inquiries should be made through the Office of the First Selectman, 3 Primrose Street, or call 203-270-4201.

  • Community Forum Airs School Closing Concerns

    With the Board of Education set to review data on the possibility of closing a school during its meeting on Tuesday, June 2, parents voiced concerns on the topic during a Community Forum on Thursday, May 28. Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, explained near the start of the forum that, “You’re here because in 2006 and 2007 the district hit an all-time high with students, of 5,667 youngsters, and the projection in 2023-24 is 3,435 students, meaning your delta between your high mark and your projected low mark is 2,232 fewer students.” Dr Erardi said the district’s enrollment is now 4,748, nearly 1,000 fewer than enrollment in 2006-07.

  • Police Reports, May 20-27, 2015

  • NWS: Strong Thunderstorm Approaching

    UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning that went with this afternoon's storm has been cancelled. || The National Weather Service (NYC) is tracking a “strong thunderstorm [that] will affect eastern Putnam and Northern Fairfield counties” within the hour. A special Weather Statement has been issued for Fairfield County; and the area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:15. NWS expects the storm will be in Newtown before 4 o'clock. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with the storm.

  • Two Police Officers Honored For DUI Enforcement

    Newtown Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood and Patrol Officer Felicia Figol, who is the police department’s dog handler, were named as award recipients at MADD’s 29th Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony, which was held on May 20 at Central Connecticut State University. “The Newtown Police Department is extremely proud of these two officers for being leaders in this area and for their continued commitment to safety of the motoring public and the citizens of Newtown,” said Newtown Police Lt Christopher Vanghele said.

  • Prevention Council Holds Final Meeting Before Summer Break

    The Newtown Prevention Council closed out its final meeting of the season, on May 21, with a presentation by resident Catherine Larson, owner of Tech Training CT. Also during the meeting, Newtown Prevention Council Grant Coordinator Kim Killoy briefly discussed the council’s plans to use up its Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant through the federal Department of Health and Human Services funding, which she said the council has available until the end of September, and Council Co-Chair Judy Blanchard highlighted some efforts the council will be focusing on when it starts meeting again in September. One of the first things the council hopes to do is looks at the results of the 2015 Youth Survey Report, which was administered to students just prior to the school district's April break.

  • Walter Dolan Named New VFW Post 308 Commander

    On Wednesday, May 20, the Newtown VFW Post 308 inducted new officers for the 2015-16 term. Walter Dolan became the new post commander. Mr Dolan served in the US Army in the Military Police Corps, and was overseas during Desert Storm. At the Newtown VFW, he has served as post junior vice commandant and adjutant. Mr Dolan is taking over from James Rebman, who served as post commander for the past three years.

  • VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Veterans

    A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 on Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops. In the crowd was a number of veterans from earlier wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as more recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Remembering All Veterans

    Honoring veterans both living and deceased was a small group of residents, setting out flags to surround the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a/k/a the War Memorial, on Main Street Friday, May 22, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Among the efforts that the Newtown Woman’s Club GFWC makes on behalf of veterans during the year, member Millie Anderson said, “Our veterans do a lot for us.” Gathering on the small lawn surrounding the monument at the intersection of Hannover Road and Main, the group set flags in the ground for the fifth year. Newtown’s VFW Post 308 has donated the flags for the past three years, said public issues representative Marion Thompson. The small, decorative flags stay out until Flag Day in June. Working steadily on a breezy and