Queen Street

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Is it my imagination, or did all of the maple trees outside of C.H. Booth Library suddenly dump their leaves in the gutters this week? Looks like foliage season is going to be swift this year.

  • Sell Our School

    To the Editor:

    At the heart of Newtown’s commercial area is the Middle School, a large lot, with an existing building with a large footprint, two driveways on Queen Street and the back of the lot which abuts the Caraluzzi and Villages at Lexington Gardens commercial properties.

     Why close the school when it can be sold?  The sale will bring much needed cash into the town’s coffers, broaden our tax base and reduce residential real estate taxes.

  • Honk. We’re Home!

    To the Editor:

    I was a lifelong resident of Newtown until we moved South.  The South is interesting in that they never honk.  And, I mean never.

    So, when we came back North to Newtown for a funeral we went by our old stomping grounds and the new traffic patterns along Queen Street and by the Middle School.  We were honked to death.

    My husband and I looked at each other and said:  We're home.

    Sharon Emerson

  • Police Commission Needs To Address Traffic Problems Beyond Queen St.

    To the Editor:

    Comments by a resident of Main Street complaining about increased traffic and speeding on Main Street at the recent Police Commission meeting seems to have solved a mystery. We now know where the over 1,700 automobiles and truck diverted as a result of the five Queen Street speed tables went. They went on adjacent streets, specifically the residential section of Main Street. 

    The Newtown Bee editorial published on Thursday, July 18, 2013, a year ago, summarizes the issue very clearly.

  • Sidewalk Hazards In Commercial Areas

    To the Editor:

    I walk the sidewalks along Church Hill and Queen most days as does The Newtown Bee editor.  The walk is beautiful and my lab loves it. However crossing commercial driveways is a life threatening experience. None of these commercial high traffic driveways have crosswalk markings so pedestrians take their life in their hands. Cars don’t see the pedestrians at some commercial driveways because of poor visibility.

  • A Parking Free-For-All

    To the Editor:

    In most parking lots for businesses, a brightly painted area of diagonal yellow lines indicates a no parking area. In Newtown, it serves as an area to park.....at least in the Big Y shopping center, adjacent to Dunkin Donuts and Salon Michelle.

  • Stats Show Queen St. Speed Bumps Diverted Traffic… But Where?

    To the Editor:

    I have been alerting Newtown residents for years that the objective of Queen Street residents was, in addition to speed control, significant traffic reduction. However when the Police Commission installed two, then three, and then five speed bumps the public was lead to believe that traffic diversion and reduction wasn’t significant.

  • Enforcing Handicapped Parking Compliance

    To the Editor:

  • Police Commission Complimented For Queen Street Safety Effort

    Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street attended the September 3 Police Commission meeting to thank the agency for addressing traffic speed concerns on the road which links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road. Since late last year, the town has installed five permanent speed tables on the southern section of Queen Street to hold down traffic speeds. 

  • Confidence In Queen Street

    To the Editor: