A sparse audience of mostly local political leaders and family members did not dissuade any of the eight residents seeking to be elected or reelected to the Board of Finance from digging into specific and detailed questions and delivering often detailed and thoughtful answers during The Newtown Bee’s annual pre-election forum at Edmond Town Hall on October 20. The event was moderated by Bee Editor Curtiss Clark, who said that while the newspaper’s previous local pre-election forums have focused on top-of-ticket races, the 2015 First Selectman and Board of Selectmen races this November are all uncontested. “With four veteran finance board members all retiring from service this year, we believe the Board of Finance race is a key one for taxpayers this year,” Mr Clark said.
The town has a surplus of cats at its animal shelter at Fairfield Hills and is seeking homes for the animals with residents who want to acquire some feline friends. The surge in cats at the shelter stems from the state Department of Agriculture’s June seizure of multiple animals, including more than 30 cats and two dogs, in an animal cruelty case at a Town’s End Road property. As an incentive, the town is waiving fees that would normally be charged people who adopt cats from the shelter,
In its first meeting after the close of a townwide survey where residents were asked to voice their wishes for a community center, the Newtown Community Center Commission on October 20 hosted a number of guests for presentations. Among groups most outspoken about securing space in the new community center are representatives from Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, and pool and ice rink proponents. Proponents of each of these groups spoke to commissioners this week. Results from a townwide survey and a collection of public forums are expected to be discussed during the commission's next meeting.
Police report they observed motorist Andrew Bolmer, 27, of 31 Swamp Road driving a vehicle erratically in Dodgingtown at about 10:40 pm on October 17, after which they stopped him on Hattertown Road, near Dodgingtown Road, to investigate.
Police said they charged Bolmer with driving under the influence. Bolmer posted $500 bail and is scheduled for a November 3 arraignment in Danbury Superior Court, police said. Read more about recent police activity in this week's report.
In an effort to learn more about what issues are on the minds of Newtown residents, and to share information about personal goals and ideas, Newtown's Democratic Town Committee is hosting a pair of events this week.
The school district announced on Monday, October 19, that its next scheduled community forum is set for Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
The one-hour discussion will focus on present practice pertaining to safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.
The design of the evening is interactive, with those in attendance expected to partner with administration to discuss the topics.
Winter is coming, and many “snowbirds” who volunteer all over Newtown are heading south. Newtown Meals On Wheels is one local organization that is experiencing a fall off in the number of drivers available to deliver meals to the housebound in Newtown/Sandy Hook.
All the candidates on the local ballot in the 2015 local elections in Newtown have been surveyed on their priorities and views on local issues. Click on the name to view more information about the candidate. Then selected the "Individual Responses" tab for the best reading format.
A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher pleaded guilty on Monday, October 19, in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. In court, Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Chickos has been free on bond since his arrest late last April. In pleading guilty, Mr Chickos admitted that he purchased anabolic steroids from another member of the conspiracy and distributed them to others. At the time, Mr Chickos was a civilian dispatcher for Newtown police, fire, and ambulance services. Federal authorities allege that former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci, 39, of Waterbury headed a 12-man drug ring which included Mr Chickos.