The beach at Kettletown State Park in Southbury has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on August 18.
Flags were lowered in Newtown on Tuesday, August 18, after it was learned that former state representative and longtime Newtown resident Julia Wasserman had died earlier that morning. Newtown’s State Representative for 18 years until her retirement in 2008, Ms Wasserman also served on the Newtown Legislative Council, the Conservation/Wetlands Commission, the Sewer Avoidance Committee, the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District, and as legislator, on the Fairfield Hills Oversight Committee. She was a member of the Newtown League of Women Voters for many years. Many were familiar with Ms Wasserman, not only because of her long service as state representative and her town involvement, but as the owner of Medridge Farm Christmas Trees, started with her late husband, Louis Wasserman, at their Walnut Tree Hill property. From local citizens to state officials, Ms Wasserman’s passing was noted on Wednesday, in comments provided to The Newtown Bee.
Residents are being called to a special town meeting tonight — Monday, August 17 — at 7 pm in the Municipal Center Council Chambers to authorize three capital spending proposals. That gathering will be followed by a public hearing and this month’s only scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting, at 7:30 pm. The Special Town Meeting, required by Charter, will accept and authorize spending $975,000 for the purchase of new town fire apparatus; $1.5 million for the new Hook & Ladder Fire Headquarters building project; and $5 million for the remediation and demolition of former state hospital buildings at Fairfield Hills.
Connecticut’s annual tax holiday — which applies to items $100 and under — runs Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22. The Better Business Bureau has tips for consumers to take advantage of all possible savings.
A public hearing that was scheduled for August 6 in connection with Tractor Supply Company’s proposal to build a store at 116 South Main Street was not held because the applicant had not met all legal requirements for holding such a hearing, officials said.
Former Newtown resident Shane Fusco, 39, was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard.
Planning and Zoning Commission members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road.
Police are investigating an incident in which a shoplifter stole approximately $650 worth of shrimp from the Stop & Shop supermarket at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street. Police said the man entered the supermarket about 6:15 am on Saturday, August 8, shortly after the store opened for business. Based on surveillance photos, the man was carrying a blue bag, which he apparently used to conceal the shrimp before stealing it.
When the new school year begins, Newtown Public Schools will be equipped with a new visitor management system, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced this week in a letter to parents and staff.
School district Director of Security Mark Pompano explained on Wednesday, August 12, the Raptor Visitor Management System — which he said was jointly donated to the district by Raptor and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) — will scan a visitor’s identification card, such as a driver’s license.
The system will read the visitor’s name, date of birth, and photo from the identification card, according to Mr Pompano, adding that the system will also check all visitors with a registered sexual offender database from all 50 states.
The town has received for regulatory review applications detailing a development project for Hawleyville that proposes the construction of a large church, a major multifamily housing complex, and a diner. The mixed-use project is proposed for approximately 42 acres that lie generally west of Hawleyville Road and generally south of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 off-ramp. The land, near Covered Bridge Road and Hillcrest Drive, is owned by Grace Family Church.