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  • DigDeep Planning 2013 Walk 4 Water, Fundraising Underway

    Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases. On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.

  • Economic Recovery Initiative For Sandy Hook Begins Next Week

    Looking to enhance commercial traffic and to spur business retention and growth in Sandy Hook center, a local business support group is working with Newtown’s Community and Economic Development Director and the Connecticut Main Street agency establishing a multifaceted project designed to spur economic recovery to the village center. Numerous business and property owners in Sandy Hook have been suffering losses since the events of 12/14 closed Sandy Hook School, substantially reducing local daily traffic and potential customers to the local village center.

  • Man Sues Town Over Waste Transfer Station Accident

    A local man is suing the town in seeking money damages for injuries he received in a trip-and-fall accident that occurred in August 2011, at the town waste transfer station off Ethan Allen Road. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money damages exceeding $15,000. The town has an October 1 return date in the case in Danbury Superior Court...

  • Newtown Selected For Unique Solar Program; Public Workshop September 24

    Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.

  • Residents Raise Concerns About Hazardous Traffic

    In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads. At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road. Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.

  • ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season Opener Will Mirror 12/14

    It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14, but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch. "Sons of Anarchy" has never shied away from brutal depictions of illegal activities. What viewers may not want to view, however, is that at the end of the sixth season opener, the show reportedly offers a scene that echoes the events of 12/14.

  • Police: One Rhode Island Sighting Not Hoagland

    A police spokesperson told The Newtown Bee September 10 that one possible lead in the case of missing Newtown resident Robert Hoagland turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police said that it was another individual, not Robert Hoagland, who was seen walking with a backpack near Interstate 95 and Route 117 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Lt Richard Robinson clarified the following day, however, that the local department is still following other leads in the neighboring state. The missing 50-year-old was last seen in Newtown on July 28.

  • Police Commission Complimented For Queen Street Safety Effort

    A local man who has long pursued traffic issues on Queen Street thanked the Police Commission this week for its efforts in that regard, especially the recent installation of speed tables on the southern section of that street. “Thanks for all your work on Queen Street,” Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street told Police Commission members at their September 3 session. Mr Geckle told commission members that it took “conviction and courage” for them to act correctly in addressing Queen Street residents’ concerns about the hazards posed there by speeding motorists.

  • Man Arrested For 1994 Gas Station Robbery

    Police last week arrested a current prison inmate on a warrant, charging him with robbery and larceny in connection with an incident that occurred nearly two decades ago at a gas station at 62 Church Hill Road. Police said they arrested Timothy Brelsford, 52, formerly of Bridgeport, on September 3 on a warrant charging him with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny stemming from a Saturday, August 13, 1994, incident at what was then known as Trudeau’s Amoco. Brelsford did not plead to the charges at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court. He is scheduled to return to court on October 10 to enter pleas. Brelsford has been held as an inmate in the state Department of Correction prison system since September 19, 1994.

  • 9/11 Ride Rumbles Through Newtown

    A gentle rumbling grew louder around noon on Sunday, September 8 and soon a pack of motorcyclists, led by state police bikes, rode beneath a flag raised over Route 25. Hook and Ladder and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Fire Company members flew a flag over Amaral Motors where it was visible to riders — in a pack that took 30 minutes to pass — as they turned from Route 302 onto Main Street in Newtown. The 13th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest 9/11 tribute, started Sunday in Norwalk and moved through 11 towns where fire departments including companies in Newtown hung a flag over the route.