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  • P&Z Slates Public Hearing On River Walk Condo Complex

    A local builder/developer’s proposal to construct 74 condominium apartments on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center is scheduled for discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 9, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Applicant Michael Burton of Sandy Hook, doing business as River Walk Properties, LLC, is seeking a special permit for the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 (IH-10) zoning regulations, which the P&Z created in January. The project, known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, represents the first application for an IH-10 multifamily housing complex that the P&Z has received for review.

  • Fire Reports, June 25-July 1, 2015

  • Special Town Meeting Monday

    Electors and citizens qualified to vote at town meetings of the Town of Newtown are being called to participate in a Special Town Meeting on Monday, July 6, at 7:15 pm, at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Among other things to be done during a meeting expected to last less than 15 minutes, qualified voters will be asked to endorse or reject a resolution for a special appropriation in the amount of $3.6 million for the planning, design, and construction of improvements to the Newtown High School auditorium, and authorizing the issuance of $3.6 million in bonds to cover that appropriation.

  • Holiday Closings

    All town offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day. Newtown Senior Center and C.H. Booth Library also will be closed on Friday, July 3. The transfer station will be open on Friday, however, and closed on Saturday. Click through to see additional closings scheduled in relation to the national holiday that commemorates the date the original 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain.

  • Police Reports, June 21-29, 2015

  • Psychiatric Hospital Eying Locations Other Than Fairfield Hills, Still Interested In Newtown

    The 100-bed psychiatric hospital bid for development at Fairfield Hills has refocused to sites elsewhere in town. Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said recently that he, along with US HealthVest behavioral health facility CEO Richard A. Kresch MD, and other town officials have considered alternative property in Newtown “in the interest of avoiding potential challenges the project might face” by developing a practice on the Fairfield Hills campus. Mr Connors mentioned a property near the Bethel border along Route 6. Dr Kresch has visited the location and seems interested, Mr Connors said.

  • Governor Declares June 28-July 5 Social And Emotional Learning Awareness Week

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 28-July 5, 2015 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week. The timing of the proclamation was done to coincide with what would have been the ninth birthday of Jesse Lewis on June 30. Jesse was one of the children killed on 12/14. “This is a JesseLewisChooseLove.org initiative, and we are working towards teaching children to choose love,” said Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis.

  • Police: Half Of Local Domestic Abuse Responses Involve ‘High Danger’ Threat

    As more of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies are joining Newtown’s Police Department using a nationally recognized risk assessment tool when responding to domestic violence calls, local officers employing their recently implemented “Lethality Assessment” interview are finding that half the local victims and their families are reporting “high danger” threats. Newtown’s Police Department implemented the program in late 2014 under the supervision of Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele, and as of June 1, the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is being implemented by more than half of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies. Overseen by Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), the Lethality Assessment Program is further strengthening partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence agencies. Officers responding to calls for domestic violence use an evidence-based screening tool to quickly assess those victims at the highest risk for increased or fatal violence.

  • Carnival Cancelled

    Due to the rain, tonight's final outing of the St Rose Parish Carnival has been cancelled.

  • Communities Touched By Tragedy United Through Survivor Tree

    One sapling pear tree stands amid a patch of tall grass in Fairfield Hills. Others are in an open swath where a new walkway cuts through the field. Another young tree sits within view of a picnic table alongside the Victory Garden. Each tree comes from an original tree that stood near the Twin Towers and survived the 9/11 attack.