• IWC Hearings Delayed On Hawleyville Mixed-Use Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has modified its schedule for two public hearings to be held to review a mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville, which would include a condominium complex, a church, and a diner at a site near Exit 9 of Interstate 84. IWC members initially had planned to start their regulatory review process at their August 26 meeting. But that review has been delayed for scheduling reasons, according to Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use. Current scheduling calls for the IWC to start a public hearing on the proposed 180-unit condo complex/diner at 7:30 pm on Wednesday September 9, at Newtown Municipal Center. As currently planned, the IWC may start a public hearing on the church component of the project on September 23. Both dates are subject to change.

  • Beginning October 1: Sunday Deer Hunting To Be Allowed On Private Land During Archery Season In Most Parts Of State

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced August 19 that bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state, including Newtown. There are three districts in north central Connecticut where the hunting will remain prohibited. DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson said the new opportunity for hunters “will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems."

  • Fire Reports, August 13 - 19, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • Kettletown Park Beach Closed For Swimming Until Further Notice

    The beach at Kettletown State Park in Southbury has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on August 18.

  • Remembering Former Representative Julia Wasserman

    Flags were lowered in Newtown on Tuesday, August 18, after it was learned that former state representative and longtime Newtown resident Julia Wasserman had died earlier that morning. Newtown’s State Representative for 18 years until her retirement in 2008, Ms Wasserman also served on the Newtown Legislative Council, the Conservation/Wetlands Commission, the Sewer Avoidance Committee, the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District, and as legislator, on the Fairfield Hills Oversight Committee. She was a member of the Newtown League of Women Voters for many years. Many were familiar with Ms Wasserman, not only because of her long service as state representative and her town involvement, but as the owner of Medridge Farm Christmas Trees, started with her late husband, Louis Wasserman, at their Walnut Tree Hill property. From local citizens to state officials, Ms Wasserman’s passing was noted on Wednesday, in comments provided to The Newtown Bee.

  • Town Meeting, Public Hearing Precede Tonight's Selectmen's Meeting

    Residents are being called to a special town meeting tonight — Monday, August 17 — at 7 pm in the Municipal Center Council Chambers to authorize three capital spending proposals. That gathering will be followed by a public hearing and this month’s only scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting, at 7:30 pm. The Special Town Meeting, required by Charter, will accept and authorize spending $975,000 for the purchase of new town fire apparatus; $1.5 million for the new Hook & Ladder Fire Headquarters building project; and $5 million for the remediation and demolition of former state hospital buildings at Fairfield Hills.

  • Tax Holiday Begins August 16

    Connecticut’s annual tax holiday — which applies to items $100 and under — runs Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22. The Better Business Bureau has tips for consumers to take advantage of all possible savings.

  • Hearing Delayed On Tractor Supply Proposal

    A public hearing that was scheduled for August 6 in connection with Tractor Supply Company’s proposal to build a store at 116 South Main Street was not held because the applicant had not met all legal requirements for holding such a hearing, officials said.

  • Former Newtown Man Sentenced On Bank Fraud Charges

    Former Newtown resident Shane Fusco, 39, was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion OK’d

    Planning and Zoning Commission members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road.