• Commissioners Continue To Talk Community Center Options

    A 50-meter pool is what swim supporters and parents suggested would be ideal as a new community center component, Newtown Community Center Commission members heard Tuesday night during the commission’s latest meeting. Several of the roughly ten meeting attendees had recently at open forums, where commissioners have encouraged residents to discuss community center concepts including a pool/aquatic center, ice rink, senior services, cultural arts activities, and a community place to gather. Two public forums have already taken place, and two more are still on the calendar.

  • Police reports, September 28 - October 6

    Police report that sometime between 7 and 10 pm on Friday, October 2, someone stole a tan 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-450 SUV from a residential property on Hanover Road, near its intersection with Echo Valley Road. The keys were inside the unlocked SUV when it was stolen, police said. Police said the vehicle had a white temporary New Jersey marker plate with unknown numbering on the rear end and had no marker plate on the front end. The vehicle has an extended-length trailer hitch which has a red light attached to it, police said. Police ask anyone with knowledge of the vehicle’s whereabouts to contact investigating Officer Matthew Pirhala at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841. Read about more recent police activity in this week's report.

  • Defendant Pleads Guilty In Drug Trafficking Case

    A Sherman man pleaded guilty on October 6 to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids in a drug trafficking case which has 11 defendants, including a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency services dispatcher. Michael Mase, 32, of Sherman pleaded guilty in US District Court, reversing his earlier not guilty plea in the case, according to spokesman for US Attorney Deirdre Daly.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Openings are available on the Board of Ethics, Conservation Commission, Commission on Aging, Hattertown Historic District, and Sustainable Energy Commission.

  • Energy Challenge Program Bringing Solar To Newtown Rooftops; Meeting/Info Session, October 8

    The Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission has launched a new initiative, beginning in October, to bring solar panel systems to residents and businesses. The first community meeting will be Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. For the 2015 Newtown Energy Challenge program, the Sustainable Energy Commission is working with Direct Energy Solar and Ross Solar to offer a limited-time program with a streamlined process and significant financial savings for residents who want to install solar on their property. The program began on Monday, and will continue through December 5, 2015.

  • NEF Preparing To Build Executive Board

    The Newtown Education Foundation held an open public forum on Monday, October 5, at Reed Intermediate School. Kristen Bonacci and Casey Ragan, two of NEF’s three co-founders, spoke about how the foundation came about and answered questions about what the foundation will do during the forum. Ms Bonacci said the idea to start NEF came from the experience the three founders, which also include Aaron Carlson, had with also starting the recent Support Our Schools (SOS) campaign. A number of surrounding towns, according to Ms Bonacci, have Education Foundations. During the recent summer months, Ms Bonacci said, work was done to look into starting a foundation in Newtown.

  • Small Businesses Targeted In Eversource Billing Scam

    Utility customers in Connecticut are receiving scam calls claiming to be from Eversource and saying their service is scheduled to be shut off. Callers then try to pressure customers to make an immediate payment by purchasing a prepaid debit card, commonly referred to as the green dot scam, at a certain location. “These scams work by scaring customers and catching them off guard, hoping they’ll ignore their better judgment and make a payment or provide personal information,” said Penni Conner, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Eversource.

  • Traffic Issues Top P&Z Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Complex

    Planning and Zoning Commission members on October 1 held a fourth set of dual public hearings on a mixed-use development proposed for Hawleyville, which includes a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church on 42 acres west of Hawleyville Road and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. The P&Z hearings last week touched on a range of subjects, with the traffic which would be generated by the project and vehicular access to the site among the prime topics discussed. The Police Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss the traffic aspects of the mixed-use development proposal.

  • $35,000 Awarded Locally For Arts & Culture Through New State Regional Initiative Grant Program

    The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has announced that $35,000 from the state’s new Regional Initiative Grant program has been awarded to eight recipients throughout CAWC’s ten-town region, which includes Newtown. The 2016 REGI grant awardees in the CAWC region include Thomas Carruthers of Bethel; Joanne Hudson of Ridgefield; John S. Boccuzzi of Newtown; WCSU Foundation/Bethel Arts, Bethel; Stacey Olszewski/CityCenter Danbury; Connecticut Choral Society, based in Danbury; Mactalla Mor, also based in Danbury; and Meagan Cann of Danbury.

  • ‘Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote’ To Be At Congregational Church In December

    Newtown Congregational Church will host a special breakfast gathering for the community on Wednesday, December 2. Sponsored by The Ana Grace Project in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the morning will feature a keynote by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, international speaker, author and senior fellow, ChildTrauma Academy. Dr Perry is expected to speak on the morning’s theme, “Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote — How Deepening Connections and Relationships Transform Families and Communities.”