The town has posted a series of yellow and black traffic signs along various town roads that are popular bicycling routes informing motorists that state law requires motor vehicles to keep at least three feet away from cyclists when passing bicycles. The nonprofit Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club donated 32 such signs to the town for posting on town roads that are frequented by bicyclists.
Residents have roughly two weeks to take an online Newtown Community Center Commission survey that will remain active until October 10. Commission Co-Chair Andy Clure is hoping all town residents will take the anonymous eight-question poll, which should take about five minutes. In addition to seeking input from residents through the survey, Mr Clure would like residents to consider attending one of four upcoming public forums. Attendees will be invited to engage commission members in discussion about community center planning, to date. The first forum is scheduled for September 24 at Edmond Town Hall.
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 5, police received reports that forced entries had been made into five locked, unattended motor vehicles that were parked at Dickinson park. Police have said that after breaking windows on the five vehicles at the Elm Drive park, the unknown thief or thieves stole wallets, purses, and pocketbooks which had been left inside the autos. In light of those thefts, Police Chief Michael Kehoe is urging residents to take steps to deter such incidents.
(AP) The gun industry’s Newtown-based national trade association and lobbying organization has received a $2.4 million federal grant to promote gun locks and firearm safety, an award the group says is its first under the administration of President Barack Obama. For the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which became a regular object of protests following 12/14, the grant is an indication NSSF is beginning to come in from the cold, says the Associated Press.
The Inland-Wetlands Commission (IWC) has started its environmental review of a proposal to greatly expand the size of an industrial building on Schoolhouse Hill Road. IWC members recently began their review of Rand-Whitney Container Newtown’s LLC’s proposal to increase its 127,500-square-foot factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road to 308,000 square feet. The firm is seeking the expansion project to modernize its corrugated cardboard container manufacturing process. As part of the project, the firm proposes relocating and reconfiguring the intersection of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Edmond Road to improve traffic safety in the area.
A nationwide push allowing schools to buy portable barricade devices they can set up if an active shooter enters their building has school security and fire experts questioning whether they're really safe.Those opposed to the devices say they're complicated to install under stress and could lead to dangerous unintended consequences - including blocking authorities from an attacker inside a classroom. "Unlisted, unlabeled, and untested," said a July report by Ohio's building codes board critical of the devices. The devices have gained popularity in the wake of the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook massacres and a 2012 shooting in the Cleveland suburb of Chardon that killed three students.
Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is again planning to host a Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce the local slate of candidates for the Board of Finance. The event will include an informal meet and greet in the Town Hall lobby from 7 to 7:30, with the forum commencing at 7:30 on the main stage. The event is free and residents are encouraged to attend. Residents are also invited to submit questions to The Bee, to be posed to the candidates the evening of the forum.
Following their review of development plans for a proposed commercial center in Hawleyville, Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project. On September 8, IWC members approved the permit for Walter Kilcourse of New Milford for an approximately 4,400-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 1.12-acre site at 149 Mt Pleasant Road. The project, known as Pogond Brook Plaza, would be built on the south side of Mt Pleasant Road, just east of Newtown Power Equipment, Inc. The property lies in a B-2 (Business) zone.
The Board of Education approved its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday, September 15, with the addition of a $1.62 million Hawley Elementary School boiler project. The project was added to the fourth year of the five-year spending plan. The CIP was first presented to the school board August 18 by CIP/Finance/Facilities Committee member Kathy Hamilton, who explained changes to the board’s proposed CIP for 2016 through 2021.