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  • Police Commission Plans ‘Open Dialogue’ With Public

    The Police Commission chairman has recommended that the five-member elective agency hold special meetings three or four times a year whose sole purpose would be to improve communications between the public and the commission.

    Chairman Paul Mangiafico earlier this month told commission members that such meetings would provide the public with an open forum where they could raise issues of concern.

    Commission members Andrew Sachs and Joel Faxon endorsed the idea.

  • Ten Applications Received For Newtown’s Top PD Position

    The town has received ten job applications from people seeking to become its new police chief starting in January.

    That person would replace Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who will retire after more than 37 years as a local police officer.

    Chief Kehoe has headed the police department since July 1999, initially as acting police chief, and in 2001 becoming permanent chief. On June 2, Chief Kehoe announced that he would retire.

  • Another Flagpole Traffic Study?

    To the Editor:

    Seriously, another flagpole traffic study?

    When I read The Bee this weekend I was compelled to write about this ridiculous waste of money and I quote “the study’s price is $17,900, plus related costs” for what? To reach the same old conclusions the previous studies have yielded since 2000!

  • Police Commission Endorses Body Camera Use By Police

    Police Commission members this week agreed that equipping town police officers with body cameras is a good idea that should be implemented at the police department.

    Body cameras are small portable cameras typically worn on a police officer’s chest that make video and audio recordings of the officer’s interactions with the public.

  • Another Main Street Flagpole Intersection Traffic Study Planned

    In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The commission serves as the local traffic authority.

  • Town Advertises Police Chief Opening

    The town is advertising a job opening for the position of police chief in seeking a person to replace Michael Kehoe, who announced last month that he would retire as police chief in January.

    This week, the town posted a notice of the job opening at the town clerk’s office and also on the Human Resources section of the town’s website.

  • Officials Consider Police Use Of Body Cameras

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the commission will be discussing whether town police officers should use body cameras while on duty to visually and sonically record their interactions with the public.

    The state legislature on June 29 passed two criminal justice bills, one of which covers the use of police body cameras. That bill requires that state police wear such body cameras and also offers financial incentives to municipalities to have their police departments use such devices.

  • Key Rock Road To Get More Speed Tables

    Following its review of a traffic engineering report on travel safety on the residential Key Rock Road, the Police Commission has approved creating additional speed tables there to better control motorists’ travel speeds on the 4,500-foot-long north-south connector road.

    Key Rock Road connects Sugar Street (Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road. The Police Commission has been reviewing Key Rock Road traffic safety in its role as the traffic authority.

  • Police Panel Appoints Itself As Search Committee For New Chief

    The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.

    Three of the five police commission members met for a brief session on June 10 to create the search committee, which is comprised of all five commission members.

  • Ferris Acres Creamery Seeking Solutions To Traffic Congestion

    Ferris Acres Creamery, a family-operated ice cream stand that opened for business at 144 Sugar Street (State Route 302) in 2004, has become a popular destination for both residents and out-of-towners, seeking to enjoy the pleasures of ice cream amid the bucolic setting of a working dairy farm.

    Over the years, the creamery’s reputation has grown, attracting increasingly large numbers of people to the site.