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  • Newtown Woods Condo Complex Construction Continues In Hawleyville

    Toll Brothers, Inc, a major Pennsylvania-based homebuilder, is well into the construction of Newtown Woods, an age-restricted 178-unit condominium complex at a 50-acre site off Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville. The project represents the fourth time since 1998 that various firms have sought to develop the site with a large-scale, high-density housing project for people over age 55. All three previously proposed projects, two of which gained approvals from the town, failed to materialize. Toll gained approvals for Newtown Woods from the town in October 2011, and the rocky site was humming with activity this week as dozens of workers plied their respective trades in assembling the dwellings.

  • New Rating Saves Taxpayers $700,000 On Latest Bond Issue

    How much is Newtown’s latest bond rating increase worth to taxpayers? According to finance officials, almost a three quarters of a million dollars. Finance Director Robert Tait is touting the rock bottom 2.71 percent interest rate Newtown received March 12 on that bond sale as proof that seeking and achieving a AAA bond rating upgrade pays off. Ahead of the town’s latest $6.5 million in bond offerings to underwrite municipal and school capital projects, Mr Tait and a group of town officials traveled to Boston to meet with representatives of two major bond rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.

  • Library Board To Welcome New Members

    The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library will welcome new board members Julie Starkweather, Carolyn Signorelli, Walter Motyka, and Raymond Irrera, at the regularly scheduled April meeting, said nominating committee board member Colleen Honan. “The nominating committee met several times to go through the resumes we received, interviewed several, and came up with these top four candidates,” said Ms Honan. “All of them have either been very involved in the town in some capacity already, or want to be more involved. We are pleased to have them join us. They have great qualities to bring to the board and they have the commitment that is needed,” she said. A fifth open seat on the board will be filled by a Democrat, appointed by the Town of Newtown. That appointment is expected to be named soon.

  • Open Burning Season Extended to May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season to May 15. Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity and cost $5 each, are issued at the fire marshal's office at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • ‘Aid In Dying’ Bill Offers Hope, Generates Fear

    They went to Hartford in wheelchairs, two strong-willed women whose bodies are failing. Cathy Ludlum opposed an “aid in dying” bill, fearful of a society that may coerce the disabled into suicide. Sara Myers urged passage, asking for the right to face death on her terms, should she so choose.More than 500 witnesses submitted public-hearing testimony about HB 5326, An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients. But the essence of arguments pro and con could be distilled Monday in the opposing testimonies of Ludlum and Myers. Both women spoke fiercely about preserving a degree of autonomy in lives circumscribed by illness, one chronic and one terminal. To Ludlum, HB 5326 casts a long, ominous shadow over the disabled community. To Myers, it is a beacon of hope and empowerment, a last weapon against an incurable disease. Dozens testified during the course of the day. The hearing began at 10:30 am and continued well after sunset.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Slates Newest Parent Forums

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will take place at four of the town's public schools. Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and then again in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Each forum runs for one hour.

  • Three-Year Tax Abatement OK’d For Retail/Office Complex

    The 146 South Main Street parcel that first received approvals for commercial development 15 years ago now appears to be fast tracked for groundbreaking in the coming weeks after officials endorsed a three-year program of partial tax relief under Newtown’s Business Incentive Plan. Newtown Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker appeared before the Board of Selectmen March 17 addressing an Economic Development Commission recommendation to temporarily abate between 30 and 35 percent of the property taxes on improvements to be made as John Reyes and David Monaco of Summit Properties Group LLC develop a two-story mixed retail/office complex adjacent to a small bakery and tutoring center on the busy commercial corridor.

  • Water Pollution Control Documented In Sewer System History

    Richard Zang, chairman of the town’s Water & Sewer Authority (WSA), has written "A History of the Newtown Sewer System — Its Planning, Design, Construction and Operation," which offers a history of the two local municipal sanitary sewer systems. "The state grew impatient waiting for the town to address its septic problems and finally resorted to threats of heavy fines from the attorney general. It took 35 years from the town’s first appropriation for a wastewater study (in 1962), and 28 years from the first state (pollution abatement) order in 1969 for Newtown to begin treating sewage in its own plant in 1997,” Mr Zang writes as part of the introduction. Mr Zang explained that his history of the town sewage treatment systems grew out of a compilation and expansion of the annual reports he had written for WSA members. The offering, which contains a technically detailed text, photos, maps, charts, and diagrams, explains the origins of the two sewer systems. The central sewer system that started operation in 1997 was constructed to resolve longstanding groundwater pollution problems caused by failing septic systems. That system serves the Borough, Sandy Hook Center, Fairfield Hills, and Garner Correctional Institution, among other areas. It discharges wastewater to a sewage treatment plant on Commerce Road.

  • State Bill Would Expand Pesticide Restrictions

    (AP) Connecticut state lawmakers are considering whether to expand restrictions on pesticide use to include more public places like parks, playgrounds and municipal greens. Legislators say they drafted a bill to shield children from toxic wn pesticides. The General Assembly’s Environment Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal and other bills for 1 pm Monday at the Legislative Office Building.

  • Prevention Council Event On School Climate Postponed

    Kim Killoy, Grant Coordinator for the Newtown Prevention Council has notified The Newtown Bee that she is postponing the Council's Parent Speaker Series event featuring school climate and bullying prevention expert Jo Ann Freiberg. That talk was set for this Wednesday, March 19 at the Middle School at 7 pm. She said that after much discussion and projected low attendance for the event, it was felt that parents would be more inclined to attend a similar activity in the Fall.