• Commission Begins Reviewing Public Survey Data On Community Center

    Creating a place that offers a destination, “feels like an experience,” and serves as a “place to gather,” are just some of the “takeaways” of what the public wants in a community center. Newtown Community Center Commission members Tuesday evening looked at feedback from its outreach, including a recent online survey completed by more than 3,400 people, public discussions, site visits, and more, as they begin to apply what they have learned to center planning. They anticipate another meeting as soon as next Wednesday, November 18, to continue discussions. Sneak peeks include survey data revealing that an indoor aquatic center gained a 32 percent ranking as most desirable with just six percent rating it as least desirable. An ice rink, although gaining a 30 percent most desirable ranking, also received a 25 percent rating of least desirable.

  • P&Z Approves Change Of Zone For Tractor Supply Store Proposal

    Following lengthy discussion at a heavily attended November 5 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission members have approved a controversial change of zone for an eight-acre site at 116 South Main Street, thus allowing a commercial real estate firm to formulate a development proposal for a Tractor Supply Co. store there. Public comment during the meeting offered both supportive and oppositional positions by residents.

  • Newtown Men Arrested In Monroe Robbery Case

    Monroe police have arrested two Newtown men on robbery charges, alleging that they robbed a gas station/convenience store there early on the morning of September 6. Police said they have arrested Wesley Steinfeld, 29, and Christopher Basso, 25, in connection with the robbery at Monroe Buck Stop.

  • School Bus Driver Suspended Following Arrest By Bethel Police

    Following his recent arrest by Bethel police on burglary/larceny charges, All-Star Transportation has suspended from work without pay a Monroe man who had driven School Bus #20 in Newtown. According to a statement from Bethel police, on October 30 they arrested Nelson Montalvo, 50, of Monroe on five counts of third-degree burglary, and one count each of fifth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree breach of peace. The burglary charges are felonies.

  • Driver Faces Pair Of Charges After Snapping Utility Pole

    A heavy dump truck traveling northward on South Main Street, just north of its intersection with Cold Spring Road, drove off the right side of the road and shattered a utility pole at its base Wednesday morning. Police then closed a half-mile section of South Main Street to through-traffic for about eight hours while utility repairs were underway.

  • P&Z Continues Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission members are continuing their long-running review of a major mixed-use complex proposed for a 42-acre site in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex on 21 acres, a diner on four acres, and a church on 17 acres. The commission recently reviewed certain developmental details during dual public hearings on the complex, which is proposed by two developers for the site that lies south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84 and west of Hawleyville Road.

  • Pesky Leak Continues To Plague NHS Years After Occupancy

    Technically, the long completed Newtown High School addition is not yet complete. According to Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell, a pesky leak that has confounded school maintenance and plant personnel, contractors, and consultants alike continues to occasionally drip pools of water into the rear cafetorium area of the addition. Mr Mitchell told The Newtown Bee, however, that officials closely monitoring the difficult-to-pin-down water intrusions are certain it is happening because of a failure to complete the installation of flashing behind a primary exterior wall.

  • Instead Of An Investigator, School Board Turns To Ethics Panel And FOI

    After learning that hiring an investigator would cost roughly $15,000 to $20,000 to look into leaked board communications, the Board of Education decided at a special meeting on Wednesday, November 11, to look into both filing a Freedom of Information “complaint” and to refer the entire situation to the local Board of Ethics. The decision came after discussions at multiple meetings on the subject of an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media. BOE Secretary Kathy Hamilton and board member David Freedman have both said they had shared a text message and email, respectively, but both have also stated they did not share what the board has referred to as "leaked communications" with the person who posted the information on social media, though neither revealed with whom they did share the information.

  • Police Reports, October 30-November 9, 2015

  • District 2 Council Recount Seats Wiedemann

    Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton released the results of a District 2 Legislative Council recount, which was completed late in the afternoon of November 5. Ms Frampton notified The Newtown Bee on election night that the difference of 19 votes separating Republican Dan Wiedemann and Democrat Jennifer Padilla would force a recount unless Ms Padilla waived the procedure, which she did not. Once the results were tallied, Ms Frampton said each candidate lost a single vote off the initial count, but the outcome remained unchanged.