State police said they received word on October 25 from officials at the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road explaining that a correction officer had been assaulted by an inmate. State police responded to the prison to investigate and then charged inmate Adal Osorio, 32, with assault on a peace officer and with failure to submit to fingerprinting. State police allege that Osorio threw a cup of urine at a 29-year-old male correction officer.
A foundation for a branch office of the Newtown Savings Bank, foreground, has been poured at The Village at Lexington Gardens, a retail/office complex now under construction at 30-32 Church Hill Road. The multi-building complex will include 60,500 square feet of new commercial space, plus 16,000 square feet of renovated commercial space. A four-way traffic signal will control the intersection formed by the complex’s driveway, Church Hill Road, and The Boulevard.
The town’s drive to have residents adopt the many cats being held at its Fairfield Hills animal shelter has made some progress, with people adopting five cats from the facility after reading about the situation in a recent Newtown Bee article. Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who supervises municipal animal control for the police department, said five cats were adopted by people who learned of the situation through the story published on October 22.
A police officer will be stationed inside a vehicle at the Main Street flagpole intersection during weekday morning and evening rush periods, as staffing permits, according to police Captain Joe Rios. The police officer would not direct traffic, but would monitor traffic flow. The new plan stems from public discussion on the hazards of Main Street traffic generally and flagpole intersection traffic in particular at a Police Commission “open dialogue” session held on Monday, October 26.
Inland Wetlands Commission members are urging the developer of a multibuilding rental apartment complex, which is part of a major mixed-use project proposed for Hawleyville, to find some ways to reduce the physical impact of the apartments on the terrain. The mixed-use project, which is proposed by two developers, would include a 180-unit apartment complex in six multistory buildings on 21 acres, a diner on four acres, and a church on 17 acres. The three-pronged development is proposed for an overall 42 acres lying west of Hawleyville Road and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. Each of the six apartment buildings would contain 30 rental units.
After the Board of Education voted Monday, October 26, to hire an investigator to look into recently leaked communications, member David Freedman announced Tuesday, October 27, that he released one of the leaked communications. An intraboard e-mail and a text message were released in recent weeks through social media and shared by nonboard members. The information shared in the communications pertained to then-upcoming board discussions, an executive session, and dialogue with the board’s attorney. By Wednesday, Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander said he was holding off looking into hiring an investigator until the school board can further discuss the most recent news on the topic at its next scheduled meeting.
Demolition, political affiliation, future planning, and finances drove conversation Monday at Fairfield Hills Authority’s October meeting. Opening the evening with good news, Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler said the eight single family houses once home to former state hospital doctors have been razed. A small greenhouse that stood between Plymouth Hall and Cochran House on Keating Farm Road is also down. Bids will also soon go out for the demolition of Canaan House, one of the larger buildings in the center of the Fairfield Hills campus, to the south of Newtown Municipal Center. An estimated $4 million budgeted through the town’s Capital Improvement Project for this project. The commission on Monday also welcomed its newest member, Phil Clark, who fills a vacancy left by the recent resignation of Mike Holmes.