A major Hawleyville development proposal, which would include a 180-unit multifamily housing complex, a diner, and a church on land off Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has drawn many traffic-related questions and comments from residents of that area.
Those residents spoke at a heavily attended August 20 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting that included two public hearings on different aspects of the development project proposed for land near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.
In one proposal, Covered Bridge Newtown, LLC, seeks to build a 180-unit rental apartment complex at Covered Bridge Road and also to construct a 4,160-square-foot diner at 13 Hawleyville Road.
Head O’ Meadow students were led off their buses to the school on Thursday, August 27, for the first day of the 2015-16 school year. Inside the school teachers and staff waited to greet the students, and near the entrance physical education teachers Steve Dreger and Alex Amaru shared high-fives with students. Mr Amaru, who is new to the school, welcomed the students with a special, “It’s my first day, too!” “Welcome back everybody!” Principal Barbara Gasparine said, smiling as students stepped off a bus.
Following discussion at an August 20 meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved the construction of the River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 65-unit condominium complex planned for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.
Voting in favor of the housing project were P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland and members Michael Porco, Sr, Jim Swift, Frank Corigliano, and Fredrick Taylor.
Divergent viewpoints on the wisdom of constructing a 65-unit project came into focus earlier this month. At an August 6 P&Z hearing, members of the local business community voiced strong support for the project, but some Sandy Hook residents urged that the developer build significantly fewer than 65 dwellings, stating that 65 condos would amount to the overdevelopment of the site and consequent traffic woes.
Police report an accident involving a school bus in Sandy Hook Center at about 7:15 am on Thursday, August 27, which was the first day of school. A 1995 Mazda Miata two-seat sports car was traveling eastward on Church Hill Road near the Sandy Hook Diner, when the right side of the car struck the left rear section of a parked All-Star Transportation school bus. The school bus was unoccupied, police said.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that nighttime milling and resurfacing will be done on Route 25 in Newtown for three and a half weeks, starting Thursday, August 27.The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.9 mile segment of Route 25 in Newtown between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. The project is scheduled to be completed by Monday morning September 21, 2015. This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2015 Vendor Resurfacing Program. Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 25 between Mile Hill Road and the Monroe town line. Traffic control personnel and signs will be used to guide motorists through the work zone.
Teachers and district staff kicked off the 2015-16 school year on Monday, August 24, at a convocation held at Newtown High School. Town board members and elected officials were also in attendance at the event, which highlighted teachers and district staff. “Welcome everyone,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche near the start of the event.
The Newtown Foundation invites residents from Newtown and beyond to a breakfast fundraiser, Saturday, September 12, from 9 to 11 am, at Rock Ridge Country Club, 214 Sugar Street in Newtown. The event will raise funds for the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, scheduled for December 9 in Washington, D.C. In commemoration of the third anniversary of 12/14, The Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of Newtown Action Alliance, will once again bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown, and from around the nation, to a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.
Police said they charged a 24-year-old man August 15 with five offenses following their investigation into a burglary/larceny incident at a home on the northern section of Orchard Hill Road.
Police received a report that a burglary had occurred there, so they responded to investigate at about 3:46 pm on August 14. Police said their probe indicated that items taken included a television set, some model trains, and an electric guitar.
Police said they learned on the afternoon of August 15 that ransom was being sought for the items that had been stolen, so they set up surveillance near the home in seeking to find a suspect in the case.
Police said that when they confronted suspect Joshua Adams, he ran off into the woods, after which they found him near Pebble Road and then arrested him on five charges, four of which are felonies.
Adams was arrested on charges of first-degree larceny by extortion, third-degree larceny, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, and interfering with police, according to police.
The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18. Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government. Following a July 20 directive, Mr Bienkowski said the district’s contract was changed to include “certain provisions that are acceptable to the state,” but new information from the state as of Monday, August 17, will require further amendments.