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  • Starbucks Diffuses 'Appreciation Day' Controversy By Closing Newtown Location Early

    Customers arriving for a quick Friday night Venti Latte at the Church Hill Road Starbucks had no idea they were driving into the middle of a breaking national news event. But Starbucks said the Newtown store opted to close early Friday before advocates on both sides of the gun issue planned to gather there. Starbucks vice president Chris Carr said on the company website that the decision was made out of respect to the community.

  • Make A Home: Heading Toward Homelessness?

    Depending on who is speaking, the matter of Make A Home Foundation’s future is either a “contentious thing” or “a very political situation.”Anita Pettengill and her husband Dan Telesco founded Make A Home Foundation in Sandy Hook in 2010. The nonprofit organization devoted to providing free furniture and household items to veterans and any people in need grew so quickly that the couple sought out a larger space for the donations they were taking in. In August 2011, Make A Home found a new home at 40 High Bridge Road, in an empty warehouse. Recipients are never charged for any items, and Make A Home assists in delivery of items to the needy. But since October 2011, when Make A Home was first issued a Cease and Desist order by the Town of Newtown, for debris violations and retail sales not allowed in that zone, the nonprofit and the town have been locking horns over what is and is not allowed at the 40 High Bridge property.

  • P&Z Reviews Controversial Zoning Proposals For Hawleyville

    A development firm has withdrawn from Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) consideration its controversial proposal for a time extension on the use of temporary office space on Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville. However, still pending before the P&Z are three other controversial zoning proposals that have drawn fire from residents at Liberty at Newtown, an age-restricted, 96-unit condominium complex at 178 Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Council Passes Anti-Blight Ordinance; Vote Delayed On Shooting Rules

    Newtown now has its first anti-blight ordinance, but proposed amendments to a firearms ordinance “are still in play,” Legislative Council member George Ferguson said following an August 7 public hearing. After a lengthy evening for residents to address both ordinances, Legislative Council members then held their own, nearly 2½-hour discussion, including questions posed to town legal counsel David Grogins, Land Use Director George Benson, and Police Chief Michael Kehoe.

  • Monument From Maine— Sandy Hook Church Field Will Host ‘Rock Of Angels’

    Rock of Angels was loaded onto a 63-foot flatbed truck last week and driven to Sullivan, Me. It will begin its trip south on Saturday, stopping in Hartford on Sunday for a special event, and will arrive in Newtown on Monday, August 12. The monument’s placement in a small field behind St John's Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook will offer a quiet, permanent place for anyone who wants to pay their respects to those killed on 12/14. The transport of the monument will begin on Saturday, August 10. Its arrival in Sandy Hook two days later will be the culmination of a labor of love that began within days of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six women, and the changed the lives of countless others.

  • Police reports July 31 - August 5, 2013

    Four MV Charges After learning that Newtown Police held a warrant against him, Robert Zielinski, 26, of Waterbury went to the police station at about 4:20 pm on August 1 and was then charged with making a restricted turn, mi...

  • Queen St. Residents Applaud Speed Tables For Traffic Control

    A small group of Queen Street residents attended a Police Commission session this week to thank that agency, which serves as the local traffic authority, for having had five permanent speed tables installed on the southern section of the mile-long street that links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road. The town recently installed two new speed tables on Queen Street, bringing to five the number of such speed-calming devices on the north-south road. The town installed the initial three speed tables late last year.

  • Fire Reports August 1 - 8, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, August 1: 2:45 pm, wires down, near intersection of Hanover Road a...

  • Firm Selected For Superintendent Search

    The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant. Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders. Now that CABE has been chosen, Ms Leidlein said the school board will begin negotiations regarding a contract with the school district and exact costs.

  • Finance Board Adds Sandy Hook School To CIP

    During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.