Ten Newtown non-profit organizations received donations totaling over $25,000 through the inaugural FCCF Day of Giving last year. Fifteen organizations based in Newtown are among the 401 registered groups for this year's event, which opened at 12:01 am and continues until 11:59 pm. The Avielle Foundation Inc, Ben’s Bells Project/Ben’s Bells Newtown, Ben’s Lighthouse, The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation/The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, Creative Youth Productions Inc, EverWonder Children’s Museum, Friends of 2GHG Inc, Leaps of Faith Disabled Water Skiers Club, Newtown Forest Association, The Newtown Foundation, Newtown Historical Society, Newtown Kindness, Newtown Youth & Family Services, Peak Academy/REACH Newtown, and Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Inc are all hoping that regular supporters and new fans will take advantage of the dedicated period of fundraising.
Nissan Off Road Motorist Brett Boles, 29, of 56 Marlin Road was driving a 2012 Nisan Murano SUV southward on Marlin Road and then made a left turn onto New Lebbon Road at about 5:36 pm on February 12, after which the vehicle went off the right shoulder and struck a snowbank. He received a verbal warning for making a restricted turn. Read more about recent police activity in this week's report.
Newtown Public Schools will be closed Thursday, March 5, due to the weather, according to the school district.
The announcement was made around 6:30 am Thursday, after an earlier decision around 5 am to have the district run on a two hour delay.
New carpet tiles cover the floor of the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library and ceiling tiles were being placed Tuesday, March 3, as the library moves toward a quick recovery from a second dousing in just over two years, from frozen and burst pipes. Approximately 10,000 books of the 45,800 juvenile book collection were ruined when overhead pipes of the sprinkler system sent a shower of water over the rear section of the Children’s Department, Tuesday, February 17. Despite a swift response by firefighters and library staff members, nearly three inches of water covered the floor before the flooding was halted.
A referendum originally scheduled for March 21 for voters to approve a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation has been changed to April 28 to coincide with the annual budget referendum. The Board of Selectman during a special meeting on February 27 moved to make the change.
Senior citizens and residents interested in learning more about the new senior center, a phase I component of a larger Community Center project, filled every available seat in the main room of Newtown Senior Center on Thursday, February 26, as First Selectman Pat Llodra, architects, and planners offered information and answered questions. The purpose of the afternoon meeting, Mrs Llodra said, was “to help you understand possibilities going forward.” Mrs Llodra said the planners “want to share their visions,” and indicating a power point display she introduced seniors to the concepts and possibilities, she said. Earmarked for construction is a site at Fairfield Hills adjacent to NYA Sports & Fitness Center.
The Water & Sewer Authority has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, march 12, at Town Hall South, for a development firm’s controversial request that the sewer district be expanded in Sandy Hook to provide sewer service for a proposed large multifamily housing complex. A Trumbull developer is proposing a large housing complex for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook. Only three acres of the site, which has a street address of 79 Church Hill Road, lie within the sewer district. The developer wants the WSA to redraw the sewer district boundary lines to include all 35 acres in the sewer district.
A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect for Newtown, and the entire state. The sun may be shining at midday, but a Hazardous Weather Outlook is also in effect, with the National Weather Service calling for snow to begin falling after 4 pm Tuesday, March 3. Local organizations, groups, businesses, et al — anyone whose plans will be affected by the weather — are reminded that The Newtown Bee will post closing, postponement and cancellation notices as soon as they are received.