• Charter Revision Panel Slates Final Hearing For September 30

    After reviewing all but one high-profile proposed revision to Newtown’s constitutional document during a special meeting September 22, the Charter Revision Commission has set a 7 pm public hearing for September 30 to receive any final input from the public before members hope to send an initial draft back for review by the Legislative Council. With a mid-October statutory deadline looming to complete and endorse a revision draft, Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci said the group is hoping to complete the draft recommendation and to pass all proposed revisions back to the Legislative Council through the town clerk next week.

  • P&Z Considers Revised Exit 10 Design District Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission members are continuing their review of an engineering firm’s proposal to create new land use regulations for a “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84. Creating such an “overlay zone” would add flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations for an area that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Danbury Caregiver Guilty In Local Theft Case

    A caregiver from Danbury who was arrested by Newtown police after an investigation into alleged thefts from a Sandy Hook client was sentenced September 16 to 15 years in jail, suspended after six years, and five additional years of probation. Wanda Nunez turned herself in on April 15, 2013, after learning that police held a warrant for her arrest. Nunez, then 27, was charged with one count of first-degree larceny in connection with her allegedly having stolen approximately $100,000 worth of valuable items while she worked as a hired caregiver for an elderly Sandy Hook woman, police said.

  • Latest GOP ‘White Paper’ Talks About Balancing Spending

    Keying in on a subject that has a potential to divide certain groups in any community, local Republicans have released the next in a series of white papers focusing in on balancing future spending. The GOP in recent local election years has made a practice of developing informational position reports, the latest release focuses on why past and future spending plans are multifaceted and encompass all Newtown residents — not just one issue or one demographic. According to the local GOP, ensuring the town is adequately funding education in order to facilitate student success, “is the best way to create bright future opportunities for them. At the same time we need to ensure the money we spend is where it most benefits them specifically: exceptional teachers and staff, services to increase their success, and a safe and secure learning environment.”

  • Hunger Action Month Food Drive

    Through September 29, Newtown Savings Bank is conducting a Hunger Action Month Food Drive at its two Newtown locations. All are invited to visit the main branch at 39 Main Street or the office within Sand Hill Plaza, at 228 South Main Street, with donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown's Department of Social Services.

  • Prevention Council Hears Drug And Alcohol Survey Results, Approaching End Of Grant Timeline

    During its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Newtown Prevention Council heard a presentation by a representative from Quantitative Services on drug and alcohol surveys that had been administered to students and parents between March and May. Dr Archie Swindell said he compared Newtown’s data with trends nationally and in the state. The survey results were presented in two parts: one for youth, and one for parents. According to the youth survey report, “The 2015 Newtown youth survey is a continuation of a series of efforts to ascertain the prevalence of the use of substances by community youth, and perceptions and behaviors which may be related to use.” Also during the September 17 meeting, Prevention Council Co-Chair Judy Blanchard announced that September is the final month of the council's ten years of working with the Drug-Free Communities grant.

  • Police Reports, September 7-22, 2015

  • Fire Reports, September 17-23, 2015

  • Traffic Signs Posted For Bicycling Safety

    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 Invited To Take Community Center Survey, Attend Forums

    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.