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  • Selectmen OK, Move $40.2 Million Budget To BOF Review

    After meeting with members of the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, representatives of the Booth Library and its board, the Board of Fire Commission, and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief February 5, the Board of Selectmen completed its departmental review and unanimously approved a 2015-16 budget request of $40,203,958. That proposal includes all municipal operational expenses plus all debt service on capital borrowing for the town and school district. Requested debt service totals $10,110,702 and represents about a $233,000 reduction from the current budget year.

  • Father Passes On His Love Of Hockey On A Small Homemade Rink

    A homemade ice skating rink on Wendover Road beckons to two young children where they often play with their father. Hockey, specifically, is in their Canadian father’s blood, and both brother and sister have taken up the sport. Shaun Hannah and his son and daughter enjoy playing hockey at home and in youth leagues.

  • Community Center Phase I Info Sessions Announced

    Through the generosity of The GE Foundation, which has granted $15 million to the Town of Newtown for the design, construction, and operations of a new community center, Newtown is moving forward on the planning for an expanded senior center and a new aquatic center for community use. Newtown Parks & Recreation will host a pair of public information sessions, which will include meeting the members of the design and construction team chosen by the town for this project.

  • WSA Approves Final Design Phase For Hawleyville Sewer Expansion

    Water & Sewer Authority members have unanimously approved having their consulting engineering firm start final design work on the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, a municipal project intended to stimulate economic development.

  • P&Z Approves Medical Office Building In Hawleyville

    Following a review of plans, Planning and Zoning Commission members on February 5 unanimously approved construction of a two-story, 30,000-square-foot medical office building at a 4.7-acre site at 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

  • Size Of Proposed Multifamily Complex Still Unclear

    Local officials realize that a Trumbull developer is proposing a “big” multifamily housing project for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook, near the Exit 10 interchange of westbound Interstate 84. The problem is, it remains unclear just how big the controversial project proposed by 79 Church Hill Road, LLC, would be.

  • Donor May Cover Lanza Home Demolition, Town Meeting Set

    After being approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Legislative Council, selectmen are coming around to the final administrative requirement before commencing efforts to demolish the dwelling where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza resided. First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during remarks earlier this week that a town meeting to authorize officials to move forward with the planned razing of that residence will be held 15 minutes before the selectmen’s 7:30 pm meeting Tuesday, February 17.

  • Lawmakers Rethink Affordable Housing As Local Officials, Residents Testify At Hearing

    In separate Connecticut Senate and House proposals, Newtown’s legislative delegation — Senator Tony Hwang and Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, J.P. Sredzinski, and Dan Carter — is proposing changes to a statute that currently permits developers to circumvent local zoning restrictions on residential projects if the community does not currently conform to Connecticut’s ten percent threshold under affordable housing requirements. On February 5, Newtown’s Director of Planning George Benson joined lawmakers testifying at a public hearing of the legislature’s Housing Committee on proposed bills related to 8-30g. The hearing was conducted at the New Haven Aldermanic Chamber.

  • Anthem Consumer Help Enhanced Post Data Breach, Lawmakers Eye Encryption

    As hundreds, or perhaps thousands of Newtown residents who may be affected by the Anthem data breach continue to receive updated information and enhanced consumer support, lawmakers in Hartford this week proposed legislation mandating that state insurance providers encrypt social security information and other client details in their massive databases. A reported data breach may have compromised personal information of its current and former customers across the state, and millions of Anthem customers across the country. The Indiana-based health insurer released information last week on the data breach indicating that hackers had breached its computer system. The personal information of tens of millions of current and former enrollees and employees across the country is possibly at risk. Anthem customers who have been affected by this breach can begin signing up today for two years of credit monitoring and identity theft protections services, which the insurance company will cover the costs of for two years.

  • Police Reports, February 1-10, 2015