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  • New State Rating System: Local Schools Performing At Or Above Target

    All of Newtown’s schools, except the high school, ranked measurably higher than the state’s target goal according to the Department of Education’s new School Performance Index (SPI), an accountability system to assess school performance. And Newtown High School ...

  • Elm Drive's Detour To Nowhere?

    For at least a couple of days, westbound travelers on Elm Drive may have been confused by two detour signs that appeared to cancel out each other at the westerly intersection of Deep Brook Road. But after being alerted to the issue by The Bee, Public Works Director Fred Hurley explained ...

  • Cleanup Continuing At Batchelder Brownfield In Botsford

    A large yellow excavator, which was manipulated by a heavy-equipment operator wearing snow-white coveralls, carefully plucked metallic material from a looming pile of aluminum dross for placement in a heavy dump truck. That truck would cart away the industrial waste from the site of the abandoned Charles Batchelder Company on Swamp Road in Botsford. The industrial waste would be transported to an out-of-state landfill for proper disposal as part of an ongoing federally funded environmental cleanup project at the 30-acre 46-A Swamp Road site, which functioned as an aluminum smelting plant until 1987. The overgrown property contains extensive industrial ruins and waste piles.

  • Storm Sandy Leaves Damage And Darkness In Its Wake; Fire Truck Crushed, No Injuries

    At 5:37 pm on Monday, October 29, during Storm Sandy, members of the Sandy Hook, Botsford, and Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer fire companies were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a home at 5 Bradley Lane in Sandy Hook. As it turned out, a...

  • Restoring The Habitat of NFA's Bloom Preserve

    Volunteers are working to restore Bloom Preserve, which has been recently overrun with invasive species. Members of property owner The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), the state's oldest private land trust, recently started a land management plan there to restore a meadow habitat. ...

  • Weaving Through History

    Weaving together history lessons with summer camping fun were, from left, Maren Brady, Isaiah Williams, George Sandecox, and Matthew Grenier. The group made baskets, marbles, hats, ice cream, and butter Tuesday during the weeklong summer history camp at the Newtown Historical Society&rsqu...

  • Officials Prepare For Statewide Disaster Drill

    Newtown preparedness, emergency, utility, and health officials met Tuesday afternoon to solidify plans for both public and behind-the-scenes activities that will play out locally, as part of a statewide disaster drill simulating an imminent Category 3 hurricane, its landfall, and...

  • The NHS Class Of 2012, ‘The Best Class Ever’

    Commencement speakers at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center on Wednesday, June 20, said it again and again: the Newtown High School Class of 2012 is a class with a wide range of abilities and accomplishments. “We welcom...

  • Independent Study Addresses Police Dept Morale Issues

    A study of working conditions experienced by rank-and-file officers at the Newtown Police Department has found that police are working in an environment of low morale fueled by a high level of employee dissatisfaction. The independent study was prepared by...

  • Amaral Agrees To Sell Parcel To NH&L

    Daniel Amaral, whose former Chrysler dealership and service station is a fixture on upper South Main Street, is hoping to welcome a new neighbor in the coming months — Newtown Hook & Ladder. The local businessman and longtime Legislative Councilman told