A Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing on a 23-lot residential subdivision proposed for a 167-acre site in Dodgingtown, which had been scheduled to start on November 6, has been delayed, with the hearing now slated for November 20, town officials said last week. Although the P&Z’s public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown will technically commence on November 6 due to certain legal notification requirements, on that night there would be no presentation of the proposal by the developer or any testimony provided by the developer, town officials, or the public. The project’s presentation by the developer, testimony, questions and comments would start on November 20. That P&Z session is slated for 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced that absentee voters who cast ballots that included gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti can withdraw those ballots by 10 am tomorrow, and re-cast new ballots in person at their appropriate voting location.
Newtown Forest Association will begin work shortly to enhance Nettleton Preserve, one of Newtown’s most well-known properties, located on Castle Hill Road and overlooking historic Main Street. The bulk of the 26-acre preserve was acquired from the estate of Arthur T. Nettleton, former NFA president, in 1973. Historical references show that the property was meadow as late as 1970. On or around that time, an orchard, comprising over 22 flowering fruit trees, was planted along Castle Hill Road. Over the ensuing 35 years the largest part of the meadow has reverted back to forest.
Profiles of each of the state legislative candidates candidates who will appear on local ballots on Election Day, November 4, are being offered this week by The Newtown Bee. Coverage includes the 106th, 112th, and Second Legislative District races, and the 28th District Senate contest, as well as the regional race for probate judge. Profile information on these candidates is drawn primarily from their responses to questions asked in the October 21 Newtown Bee Candidates Forum at Edmond Town Hall. Those candidates who were unable to attend were provided the opportunity to respond to those questions in writing. In addition, profiles of the regional judge of probate candidates have also been developed from position papers each candidate provided to The Bee. A replay of that televised forum is airing on Charter’s CommunityVision Channel 192, on November 2 at 2 and 8 pm.
This November’s ballot includes two candidates running for the Northern Fairfield County District Judge of Probate office. Incumbent Republican Joe Egan, Jr, a former Ridgefield probate judge, became the first Northern Fairfield County judge after local offices were regionalized in 2010. He is running for his second term, but told The Bee that he will “age out,” and if reelected, will be retiring when he turns 70 about half-way into the four-year term. Democratic probate candidate Steven Boa DeMoura may be familiar to some Newtown voters because he ran unsuccessfully for the Second Assembly District against Dan Carter in 2012.
Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton reminds residents that the local registrars office has permanently deactivated Edmond Town Hall as a polling location. As a result, District 3-2 voters will now report to the cafetorium at Reed Intermediate School, where they will cast ballots alongside voters from the Second District. Separate stations will be set up for each district within the cafetorium. In addition, the Town Clerk's office will be open on
Democratic State Representative Kim Fawcett and Republican State Representative Tony Hwang are competing to take the seat incumbent Senator John McKinney will vacate after his term ends, and following his unsuccessful attempt to end Tom Foley’s primary bid for governor last August. Rep Hwang agreed to be a last-minute substitute for two other candidates who dropped out of The Newtown Bee’s October 21 Candidate’s Forum at Edmond Town Hall. Rep Fawcett had another commitment that evening and could not attend following her late afternoon invitation that day, so she was provided the identical questions asked at the forum.
Local voters casting absentee ballots, or appearing at the local polling sites to vote on Election Day, will be asked to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have future implications for electors, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. In accordance with Article 12 of the state Constitution, the following proposed amendment was approved by a majority of the total membership of each house, and is to be voted upon by the electors of each town in the state at the State Election on Tuesday, November 4: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”
Each of the three Assembly Districts that overlay Newtown have major party candidates vying for seats. The 106th District has Democratic challenger Matt Cole facing incumbent Republican first-term Representative Mitch Bolinsky; the Second District has Democratic challenger Candace Fay taking on incumbent Republican Dan Carter; and the 112th District has Republican J.P. Sredzinski facing Democrat Jen Aguilar for a seat being vacated by five-term incumbent DebraLee Hovey. Both Ms Fay and Ms Aguilar dropped out of The Newtown Bee’s October 21 Candidates Forum at Edmond Town Hall because of sudden family health concerns, so they responded to identical questions asked of Mr Cole, and Reps Bolinsky and Carter at the forum.
In a string of tweets October 23 between Second District Representative and candidate Dan Carter and Heather Whaley of Redding, Mr Carter found himself in the bad graces of Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and other gun violence prevention advocates in Connecticut.