• Parks Officials Review Multiple Projects With Selectmen

    Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.

  • Water & Sewer Authority Accounting Modified

    Seeking to eliminate what he called the “cumbersome” way the town accounts for administrative work being done for the Water & Sewer Authority, Finance Director Robert Tait sought and received Board of Selectmen approval to change the way the finance office handles its salary-related reporting for budgetary purposes. Mr Tait told selectmen September 3 that up to now, the $120,000 in annual services provided by town Finance Department staffers to the Water & Sewer Authority were broken out of his department’s budget lines and designated in the authority’s budget. A portion of town staffers’ benefits were also proportionately designated and broken out in the budget documents.

  • Police Commission Complimented For Queen Street Safety Effort

    A local man who has long pursued traffic issues on Queen Street thanked the Police Commission this week for its efforts in that regard, especially the recent installation of speed tables on the southern section of that street. “Thanks for all your work on Queen Street,” Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street told Police Commission members at their September 3 session. Mr Geckle told commission members that it took “conviction and courage” for them to act correctly in addressing Queen Street residents’ concerns about the hazards posed there by speeding motorists.

  • Man Arrested For 1994 Gas Station Robbery

    Police last week arrested a current prison inmate on a warrant, charging him with robbery and larceny in connection with an incident that occurred nearly two decades ago at a gas station at 62 Church Hill Road. Police said they arrested Timothy Brelsford, 52, formerly of Bridgeport, on September 3 on a warrant charging him with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny stemming from a Saturday, August 13, 1994, incident at what was then known as Trudeau’s Amoco. Brelsford did not plead to the charges at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court. He is scheduled to return to court on October 10 to enter pleas. Brelsford has been held as an inmate in the state Department of Correction prison system since September 19, 1994.

  • Court Orders Town To Turn Over Lanza's School Records

    Newtown school officials must release records for the gunman who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Connecticut judge ordered Friday, September 6. Hartford Superior Court Judge Sheila Huddleston granted the request to release Adam Lanza’s records to the state’s child advocate office, whose Child Fatality Review Panel reviews unexpected child fatalities. Brian Smith, attorney for the school district, said officials were not resisting the release but wanted to make sure they complied with privacy laws. He said the records would be released to the child advocate’s office “expeditiously.”

  • Police Reports August 24 - September 2, 2013

    DUI Incident Police report they stopped motorist Boris Zilbershteyn, 52, of Brookfield near the intersection of South Main Street and Prospect Drive at about 9 pm on August 31 for driving violations. ...

  • Fire Reports August 29 - September 4, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, August 29: 6:05 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 348 South Main St...

  • Governor Orders Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Staff Sgt Todd Lobraico

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is ordering Connecticut and US flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, 22, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.

  • Newtown Police Pursue Rhode Island Tip In Search For Hoagland

    Newtown police said Friday, September 6, that they are pursuing a tip that Robert Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, who has been missing from his Glen Road home since July 28, may have been seen within the past few days in Rhode Island.Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said Newtown police received a tip that Mr Hoagland, whose photo has been widely circulated, was seen in the “Rhode Island area.”

  • Permanent 12/14 Memorial Commission Charge Finalized, Appointments Imminent

    Following a few minutes of discussion and tweeking the fine points of its language, the Board of Selectmen this week completed the charge to its soon-to-be-seated Permanent Memorial Commission. First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston, Sr decided September 4 that instead of mandating a routine for the commission to regularly report to the board, the panel should be available to appear when and if the selectmen required an update to its efforts. The Board of Selectmen will appoint a commission of nine residents to lead the community through the process of determining the nature, location and funding of a permanent memorial(s) to honor the memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook School shooting on 12/14, and to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and provide interim requests for information as required.