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  • Town’s 12/14 Fund Swells, Foundation Poised To Staff Distribution Panel

    While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks. Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6.Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6. Based on the finance director’s report,the special revenue fund is still anticipating receiving $150,000 from a Sandy Hook memorial initiative and $50,000 from Danbury-based Praxair to underwrite the cost of a mental health professional

  • Fire Reports | March 7-14, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, March 7: 10 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded; 10:05 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded;...

  • EverWonder Files Draft Letter Of Intent To Lease Plymouth Hall

    A draft letter of intent (LOI) now in Fairfield Hills Authority members’ hands proposes a lease agreement between the town and proponents for the EverWonder Children’s Museum. Presenting the draft on March 6 were EverWonder board members, including Kristin Chiriatti, museum founder and president.

  • Great Newtown Reunion Hosts Seeking Sponsors

    The excitement bubbling among three organizers of this summer’s Great Newtown Reunion was palpable before they even reached the front room of the Dana Holcomb House March 12. Wendy Lee Hewitt, who graduated Newtown High School in 1974, Sharon Dest Pacenka .representing the Class of ’77. and classmate Una Lucey settled into comfy armchairs for a chat with The Bee, eager to get the word out about the planned communitywide celebration set for July 27. They are looking for sponsors to help keep the ticket price affordable.

  • Land Trust Pursuing Purchase Of Castle Hill Open Space

    The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private, nonprofit land trust, is spearheading a fundraising drive to buy 136 acres off Castle Hill Road, near Taunton Lake, to preserve that property as open space land. The NFA drive to buy the land is in competition with a local development firm’s proposal to purchase the land for the construction of up to 136 single-family houses in a cluster-style residential complex.

  • Pie In Your Eye (And Face, And Hair) For MDA

    Customers of Friendly Citgo on South Main Street have a once-a-year opportunity today: The chance to throw a pie into store manager Carol Lafreniere’s face. Ms Lafreniere has organized another fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Whipped cream pies are j...

  • VGroove Fitness Holds ‘Shake It For Sandy Hook’ Fundraiser

    VGroove Fitness held a “Shake It For Sandy Hook” cardio dance fundraiser Saturday, March 9, in the gymnasium at Edmond Town Hall. VGroove instructors Joann Hanson and Theresa Sporko organized the event after Ms Hanson spoke to a woman in one of...

  • P&Z Refines Open Space Goals Of Town Plan

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their update of the 2004 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, recently focusing on the open space aspects of the town plan, which is intended to guide land use decision making during the coming decade.Conservation Commission members have aided P&Z members in formulating the open space section of the town plan.

  • Newtown Replacing Retiring Crown Vics With Chevies, Ford SUVs

    Newtown residents paying attention to the comings and goings of local police responders have likely noticed that the familiar slate blue Ford Crown Victoria sedans are sharing the road with brand-new and more compact Chevrolet “black and white” cruisers.

  • Finance Bd Pares School Budget Request By $750,000

    The Board of Finance has no line item authority over the school district budget request, but that did not stop its members from suggesting myriad ways the Board of Education and district administration could shave its $73,042,343 spending plan without necessarily eliminating key components like planned security enhancements, technology upgrades, facility maintenance and even full-day kindergarten. In the end, after nearly more than two hours of questioning school officials and deliberating several motions, the finance board settled on reducing the district’s proposed 6.54 percent increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year by a little more than one percent.