• Flagpole Idea No. 6

    To the Editor:

    I appreciated Mr LaPorta's letter of last week [“Some Ideas To Save The Flagpole”] mostly due to its positive and constructive nature.

    I would like to add a No. 6. to his ideas:  "SLOW DOWN when approaching the flagpole intersection, and be COURTEOUS."  That has worked for me for the last 53 years!

    Lynn Morrison

  • Some Ideas To Save The Flagpole

    To The Editor:

    When my wife and I were looking for a new home, it was Newtown’s stunning flagpole intersection that sparked our love affair with the town. There is something so powerful about it, the strength and values “for which it stands” being very comforting. I think many who live here, and many who don’t, may feel similarly. So, although its location causes trouble for motorists, I think it should be preserved in place, if at all possible. Here are some ideas to that end:

  • Move The Flagpole

    To the Editor:

  • Another Flagpole Traffic Study?

    To the Editor:

    Seriously, another flagpole traffic study?

    When I read The Bee this weekend I was compelled to write about this ridiculous waste of money and I quote “the study’s price is $17,900, plus related costs” for what? To reach the same old conclusions the previous studies have yielded since 2000!

  • Sitting In Traffic

    Try to turn left at the flagpole. Drive by the high school on your way to work. Try to turn into traffic from any of the businesses near Exit 10. Suddenly, in this fast and distracted world, you will experience that rarest of luxuries: time to just sit and think. This is about the nicest thing we can say about traffic congestion in Newtown.

  • What We Like About Newtown

    To the Editor:

  • Police Commission Slates Session On Flagpole Intersection

    The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.

    The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.

  • Honk. We’re Home!

    To the Editor:

    I was a lifelong resident of Newtown until we moved South.  The South is interesting in that they never honk.  And, I mean never.

    So, when we came back North to Newtown for a funeral we went by our old stomping grounds and the new traffic patterns along Queen Street and by the Middle School.  We were honked to death.

    My husband and I looked at each other and said:  We're home.

    Sharon Emerson

  • Think Outside The Speed Bumps

    To the Editor:

    I read with interest the article in The Bee (2/6), “Police Commission Presses Flagpole Intersection Discussion.” Since 1987, I have lived in The Borough off Currituck Road, one half mile from the flagpole. I have traversed the flagpole thousands of times without incident. Any attention must be in a thoughtful manner, which honors the character of Main Street Center.

  • Police Commission Needs To Address Traffic Problems Beyond Queen St.

    To the Editor:

    Comments by a resident of Main Street complaining about increased traffic and speeding on Main Street at the recent Police Commission meeting seems to have solved a mystery. We now know where the over 1,700 automobiles and truck diverted as a result of the five Queen Street speed tables went. They went on adjacent streets, specifically the residential section of Main Street. 

    The Newtown Bee editorial published on Thursday, July 18, 2013, a year ago, summarizes the issue very clearly.