- Thursday, May 14, 2015
Try to turn left at the flagpole. Drive by the high school on your way to work. Try to turn into traffic from any of the businesses near Exit 10. Suddenly, in this fast and distracted world, you will experience that rarest of luxuries: time to just sit and think. This is about the nicest thing we can say about traffic congestion in Newtown.
- Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am
Police Commission members conducted a special meeting last week to discuss the traffic problems posed by the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. They invited the chief elected official of the borough to discuss the matter with them.
But Borough Warden James Gaston, Sr, urged the Police Commission on March 24 to broaden its review of local traffic issues and to support having a traffic study performed on town roads, generally. Mr Gaston also is a town selectman.
- Friday, March 20, 2015
The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.
- Wednesday, February 11, 2015
To the Editor:
I read with interest the article in The Bee (2/6), “Police Commission Presses Flagpole Intersection Discussion.” Since 1987, I have lived in The Borough off Currituck Road, one half mile from the flagpole. I have traversed the flagpole thousands of times without incident. Any attention must be in a thoughtful manner, which honors the character of Main Street Center.
- Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:18 am
Police Commission members are reviewing traffic data that indicates that during a six-year period, representing calendar years 2009 through 2014 inclusive, there were 94 reported traffic accidents in the area of the five-legged flagpole intersection, where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.
Of those 94 incidents, 17 accidents produced injuries, and 18 accidents involved vehicles colliding with the 100-foot-tall flagpole itself, which is not shielded by barriers. Two of the vehicular accidents involved pedestrians.
- Thursday, January 15, 2015
A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official is offering some ideas on how the Main Street flagpole intersection’s traffic problems can be alleviated through a redesign of the five-legged intersection.
William Britnell, principal engineer in DOT’s highway design unit, said that creating a “roundabout” at the flagpole intersection would improve traffic flow there, alleviating the vehicle-turning conflicts that occur at the intersection, which becomes congested at times.
- Friday, September 5, 2014
This curious kitty has heard back from another reader of our “Way We Were” column, regarding the photo of two boys near the edge of a body of water, which ran in the August 8 issue of The Newtown Bee. Jacquie Dachenhausen had contacted me last month, saying she felt fairly certain the boys were her son and his best friend. Gail and Chuck Luf, though, also believe that they know the boys. “I think it’s my son, Josh, and James Barrett, a Fresh Air guest we had many years,” says Gail.
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Police said that two pedestrians were injured in a motor vehicle accident about 6:17 pm on December 11 at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street.
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013
To the Editor:
In last week’s issue, The Bee took note of the short ceremony conducted August 15 to honor the keepers of our iconic flagpole, but failed to mention the extent of their decades of quiet and faithful service to our town. It is truly remarkable.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Paul Bastiaanse and Dan Hern of Valley Restoration in Torrington were above it all, Tuesday morning, April 16, as they repaired the stem and set a new gilded ball in place on the flagpole.
The gilded ball that formerly topped the flagpole was lost last August when a truck hit the pole, knocking the ball off its post. Despite a search in the area at that time, the 16-inch diameter ornament was never recovered.
Renovations to the flagpole are usually funded by efforts of retired Newtown Police lieutenant David Lydem.