• Brief, Intense Thunderstorm Cuts Power To 4,600 Electric Customers

    An intense, swiftly moving thunderstorm bearing high winds struck Newtown late Tuesday afternoon, dropping trees across town, some of which brought down electric lines as they fell, causing approximately 4,600 electric outages by 5 pm. By midnight, the number of outages had dropped to about 1,200, as Eversource electric utility crews worked to repair the storm damage, according to Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross. By 10:30 am Wednesday, the number of outages had dropped to 79. Eversource has 11,072 electric customers in Newtown. Local officials knew of no injuries caused by the storm, which led to Booth Library closing early and the opening night of St Rose Carnival to be cancelled, among other quick schedule changes.

  • Democrats, GOP Seeking Candidates For Appointments, November Ballot

    Local Republicans and Democrats continue to seek interested residents who want to give back to their community by considering service on local elected boards and in appointed positions on various committees serving the community.

  • Key Rock Road To Get More Speed Tables

    Following its review of a traffic engineering report on travel safety on the residential Key Rock Road, the Police Commission has approved creating additional speed tables there to better control motorists’ travel speeds on the 4,500-foot-long north-south connector road. One of the main travel speed problems on Key Rock Road involves motorists who rapidly exit westbound Sugar Street and then enter southbound Key Rock Road traveling at speeds much higher than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit. To address that problem, the existing speed table on Key Rock Road that in nearest to Sugar Street will be removed and another speed table will be constructed closer to Sugar Street to replace it.

  • State Seizes Nine Horses, Many Cats And Dogs At Town’s End Road Property

    The state Department of Agriculture (DOAG) on Monday, June 22, seized nine malnourished, neglected horses, plus numerous cats and dogs, all of which were living in unhealthy conditions at a residential property at the end of Town’s End Road.Town’s End Road is a long dead-end dirt road that extends from Eden Hill Road, near the Easton town line.The seizure at 40 Town’s End Road came after an investigation into a complaint about the horses’ health and living conditions, including inadequate food, water, and shelter, according to Steve Jensen, a spokesman for DOAG.The horses, which range in age from 4 to 27, were removed under a search-and-seizure warrant signed by a Danbury Superior Court judge, Mr Jensen said.The horses were transported to the DOAG’s Second Chance large-animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.

  • June 27-30: Stevenson Dam Bridge To Close For 90-Hour Maintenance Project, Detours Planned

    For the second time in as many months, the section of Route 34 that is located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow maintenance to be done on the dam’s floodgates. The road section atop the dam will be closed starting at 6 am on Saturday, June 27, and will continue for all of Sunday, June 28, Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30. The closure and traffic detour is necessary, according to FirstLight Hydro Generating Company spokesman Leonard Greene, to perform maintenance work on the "tainter gates" on the Stevenson Dam. “In an effort to minimize the impact to the public, most of the work will be done throughout the weekend,

  • Queen Street Banner Ban Prompts Alternate Postings

    For about 20 years, local civic groups and town agencies have had their colorful banners posted by the town above Queen Street, near Newtown Middle School, to promote various nonprofit events that are open to the public events including the annual Newtown Earth Day Festival, Parks & Recreation activities, concerts, and myriad fundraisers. But a recent incident involving the presence of high-voltage electrical lines there has resulted in the town stopping that practice and recommending that those groups post their banners elsewhere, according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

  • Public Celebration June 28 Will Honor Julia Wasserman, Mae Schmidle

    Chances are, no matter where you travel in Newtown, you have seen or experienced something for which either former state lawmaker Julia Wasserman or Mae Schmidle was responsible. It may be as impossible to encapsulate the good works of these two humble public servants as it is for either of them to recall a fraction of their individual and collective accomplishments. But the many guests and members of the public invited to honor Ms Schmidle and Ms Wasserman at a public reception Sunday, June 28 at Newtown Congregational Church will certainly try. The event, co-sponsored by the Newtown Health District and local Visiting Nurses Association, will occur in the church’s Great Hall from 2 to 4 that afternoon, and will include testimonials and refreshments.

  • BOS Wants Facilities Panel Poised To Consider Hawley School

    During a routine report to her board June 15, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she wants an ad-hoc panel assessing possible future use or repurposing of several public buildings to be prepared to consider Hawley School, if or when the Board of Education determines that facility will be closed. Mrs Llodra said she is planning to ask theMunicipal Buildings Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (MBSPAC) to be ready to take on the task of analyzing how the town might use or repurpose the Church Hill Road elementary school building. “Hawley School is not in our public building portfolio, and won’t be in it until the Board of Education discontinues use of the facility as a school,” the first selectman said. The selectmen this week also heard from Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Chairman Laura Lerman, who updated the board on NCAC's search for the first Newtown Poet Laureate.

  • Kids Staying With Friends? Llodra Implores Parents To ASK About Firearms

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is standing with a growing number of community leaders and others imploring parents to include one significant question among the many that present when kids visit or stay over at friends homes: "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?"

  • Democrats Oppose Immediate School Closing; Erardi Feels No Pressure

    School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr said June 17 he is feeling no political pressure as Town Democrats and Borough Burgesses lined up to oppose closing any Newtown schools at this time even in the face of dwindling enrollment. That news brought strong responses from Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob, and calls from a Democratic Board of Education member and First Selectman Pat Llodra to resist turning the issue of possibly closing the Hawley Elementary School into a “political football,” as pols gear up for November’s local elections. Ironically, it was former Democratic First Selectman and Board of Education Chairman Herb Rosenthal who said he made the motion at a recent Democratic Town Committee meeting, to oppose the closing of any local school for the time being.