• Council Committees Begin Budget Meetings Monday; Hearing Set For Wednesday

    Although Legislative Council committees are not permitted to deliberate actions on the proposed 2015-16 budget request until after a planned 7 pm public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, two of those three committees are planning to meet beforehand to begin collecting data. The council's Education Committee is slated to meet Monday, March 23, at 7:30 pm, in Newtown Municipal Center's small conference room adjacent to the selectmen's office. At 7 pm Tuesday, March 24, the council's municipal operations committee is scheduled to meet in the same municipal center board room. On Thursday evening at 7 pm, the council's Administrative and Finance Committee meets in Meeting Room 3 adjacent to the Registrars office at the municipal center.

  • A Snowy Start To Spring

    Snow continued to fall across town Saturday morning, the first full day of spring. Mother Nature is not moving easily into the new season, which officially arrived with the Spring Equinox at 6:45 Friday evening. Residents who had been seeing signs of spring — melting snow giving way to dirt and grass waiting to come back to life, even the joyful appearance of a few brave spring buds — had to step back once again while another small storm worked its way across the region. Snow arrived Friday, as had been predicted by the National Weather Service, nearly on the dot at 1 pm. The forecast had called, however, for the snow to finish by daybreak. Instead, it made another appearance Saturday morning before coming to an end around 10:30. Between the two snow events, approximately 4-5 inches of fresh precipitation greeted residents as they woke up and began their weekend.

  • Advocacy Group Releases New School Budget Fact Sheet

    The Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG) has released an updated budget fact sheet to share information about the proposed 2015-16 school budget. The fact sheet was prepared by NEAG in collaboration with the school district’s Central Office, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and with Newtown’s PTAs and its PTSA. As the fact sheet summarizes, the 2015-16 proposed school budget totals $71,587,946, which represents a $242,642 or .34 percent increase over the current fiscal year. The school budget was approved unanimously by the Board of Finance to the $71,587,946 after a reduction to budget of $665,542, during its meeting on Thursday, March 12.

  • Utah Shooting Survivor Brings Message Of Appreciation, Awareness, And Celebration

    On February 12, 2007, single mother Carolyn Tuft and her 15-year-old daughter, Kirsten Hinckley, of Salt Lake City, Utah, walked into a card shop in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City. They were shopping for humorous valentines and birthday cards for her son, Scott Hinckley,

  • Developer Proposes 74-Unit Housing Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is reviewing a request for sanitary sewer service at an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, where a local developer/builder proposes the construction of a 74-unit apartment complex known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village. WSA members agreed on March 12 that the sewering proposal would be the subject of a WSA public hearing on April 1. Developer/builder Michael Burton wants the WSA to designate 9,250 gallons of sewage treatment capacity at the sewage plant for wastewater disposal. The project would include an affordable housing component. Mr Burton is proposing the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 Overlay Zone (IH-10), a zoning designation that was recently created by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).

  • Snow Leading To Closings & Cancellations

    Mother Nature is not letting go of winter easily today. Newtown, and the region, is expected to see a little more snow before the Vernal Equinox arrives at 6:45 this evening. According to the National Weather Service (New York, NY Office), snow is expected to arrive in Newtown “mainly after 1 pm,” and will continue well into the overnight hours. Accumulation of up to 5 inches is possible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 2 am Saturday for northern Fairfield County and other parts of the state. Reduced visibility and slippery roads are expected, according to the advisory. Due to the impending weather, early closings and cancellations are being announced. Groups, organizations, clubs and businesses with plans that will be affected by today's weather are invited to contact The Newtown Bee to have their announcement shared. Listings will be added to this story as they arrive, and also shared through Facebook and Twitter.

  • Housing Complex Foes Raise Environmental Concerns

    Opponents of a controversial proposal to construct a large multifamily housing complex at a 35-acre site near Exit 10 of Interstate 84 are urging the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) to reject a developer’s requests to provide the project with sanitary sewer service and to designate certain wastewater treatment capacity for its use. The WSA conducted a public hearing on March 12 on 79 Church Hill Road, LLC’s, application submitted on behalf of developer Sirjohn Papageorge of Trumbull. About 30 members of the public attended the lengthy hearing. It continues to remain unclear how many dwellings the developer is actually seeking to construct.

  • State, Local Supporters Converge As New Middle School Health Center Opens

    With the snip of an oversized pair of shears, a group of about a dozen local and state officials, supporters, and local school staffers celebrated the opening of a new and independent health center at Newtown Middle School March 13. Newtown resident Melanie Bonjour, the school health center manager for the Danbury-based Connecticut Institute for Communities, organized a brief speaking program ahead of the ribbon-cutting festivities, which included remarks from local and state supporters. Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Janet Brancifort told those gathered for the event that the center is a “fine product today, and tomorrow will be even better."

  • Senator Hwang Wants Certain School Threats Treated As Felonies

    Freshman State Senator Tony Hwang, who represents Newtown, understands the long-term effects the Sandy Hook tragedy will have on the community. Among his strongest initiatives in Hartford so far this first session is trying to ensure that posttraumatic fallout from 12/14 is not continually exacerbated by individuals who initiate threats resulting in lock-ins, evacuations, and other disruptive reactions at local schools, as well as in other school districts across the state. On Friday, March 20, flanked by Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, Sen Hwang will formally introduce Senate Bill 1108 — The Zero Tolerance Safe School Environment Act. If successful, the bill would elevate Threatening in the First Degree to a Class C felony from a Class D felony, and Threatening in the Second Degree to a Class D felony from a Class A misdemeanor.

  • Early Dismissal Friday For Newtown Public Schools

    All Newtown Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Friday, March 20, due to the anticipated weather, as announced by the school district around 7 am on Friday.