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  • Year In Review: Land Use Proposals Increased During 2014

    In early 2014, the updated Town Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the updated Fairfield Hills Master Plan, took effect, providing the town with a set of planning guidelines for the coming years on local growth and resource conservation, both in the town at large and at the town-owned 185-acre Fairfield Hills core campus.

    The town plan is updated decennially. The Fairfield Hills plan is updated as needed.

  • Counted Embroidery Exhibition At Library

    Friends of Counted Embroidery-Laurel Chapter will have an exhibition of members’ works on view at C.H. Booth Library during the month of January.

    Works by approximately a dozen members of the local chapter of FCE will be on view all month.

  • Look Out Hawleyville, You’re Next

    To the Editor:

    The Newtown Planning and Zoning Board is about to make a decision to change the zoning for the property on the corner of Church Hill Road and Walnut Tree Hill Road near exit 10 to either affordable housing, incentive housing or mixed use, including commercial. The land on the opposite side of the street was changed to EH-10 zoning years ago so 212 condominiums could be built there. These are set back from the road, and there are buffers between them and the older, existing homes.

  • Christmas Tree Sale A Success

    To the Editor:

    On behalf of the officers and members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, we would like to thank everyone who supported our 14th annual Christmas Tree Sale. The proceeds of this fundraiser help to fund the day to day operations of our fire company, allowing us to continue to provide our community with the highest level of service.

    Thank you again for your continued support of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. We look forward to seeing you next year.

  • P&Z Considers Creating New Multifamily Zoning Rules

    In anticipation of a developer pursuing the construction of a multifamily complex, including an affordable housing component, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is continuing its review of the proposed Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Overlay Zone (MUMI-10), a land use zone and accompanying zoning rules that would be used to better regulate such growth.

  • BBB: Be Prepared Before Returning Unwanted Holiday Gifts

    CROMWELL — Consumers and retailers are ready to move on to the next phase of the end-of-the-year sales marathon: gift returns, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau says the process can be a lot less time-consuming and costly for those who do some preparation.

    Not every gift given will hit the mark and not every gift received will be the style, color, fit or type of present on one’s wish list.

  • Thank You From The Salvation Army

    To the Editor:

  • Residents Deliver Books To Elementary School In Nation’s Capitol

    The Newtown Foundation’s Elementary School Book Drive, a Second Annual Newtown Acts of Kindness Event, resulted in more than 2,000 books being donated earlier this month to children at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Savoy students helped move the books to the cafeteria on December 10, a day before the volumes were displayed for all SES children to choose from. Sue Roman of Newtown and Amanda Goldstein and Principal Donyale Butler look on.

  • Preserve At Newtown: Water Supply Issues Dominate P&Z Review Of Subdivision Proposal

    Several Scudder Road area residents, who spoke at a December 18 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing on the proposed Preserve at Newtown 23-lot residential subdivision, stressed they fear that their already unreliable domestic well water supplies would be diminished after new homes are built in that area and start drawing up subterranean water through new wells.

  • A Look Back At The People Of Newtown, 2014

    Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were these stories.

    Newtown resident Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board.