A large, loaded 12-wheel construction dump truck, which was traveling on Botsford Hill Road early on the afternoon of Saturday, June 20, flipped over onto its right side and leaked diesel fuel. The 54-male driver of the vehicle suffered only minor injuries, but the incident triggered an environmental cleanup project that caused a section of that street to close to through-traffic for more than six hours, resulting in detours, officials said.
An accident involving four SUVs occurred at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street at about 7:07 pm on June 20. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported two people to the hospital, and Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to assess damage to the vehicles, and isolate fluids from vehicles.
The section of Route 34 located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow for maintenance on the dam’s floodgates. The road closure is planned to last for a for a total of 90 hours. The Route 34 road section atop the dam will be closed starting at 6 am on Saturday, June 27, with the closure continuing for all of Sunday, June 28, Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30.
The Board of Education decided unanimously during its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24, that Hawley Elementary School will not be closed for the 2016-17 school year, and the board will continue a general discussion on the best use of district facilities. No Newtown school, according to the meeting, will be closed for the 2016-17 school year due to declining enrollment. The decision came after nearly 2½ hours of public comment, which primarily focused on requesting the school board not close Hawley.
Approximately 25 to 30 people, mainly members of Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation, gathered on the front steps of Edmond Town Hall Monday evening, June 22, to sign a large, bannerlike sympathy card that will be sent to Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., said NAA Chairman Po Murray. Nine people were murdered in the historic Charleston church on June 17 after a 21-year-old man opened fire on the men and women with whom he had sat with for nearly an hour. On Sunday, June 28, a vigil #RisingForCharleston will take place at Newtown United Methodist Church, at 7 pm.
An intense, swiftly moving thunderstorm bearing high winds struck Newtown late Tuesday afternoon, dropping trees across town, some of which brought down electric lines as they fell, causing approximately 4,600 electric outages by 5 pm.
By midnight, the number of outages had dropped to about 1,200, as Eversource electric utility crews worked to repair the storm damage, according to Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross. By 10:30 am Wednesday, the number of outages had dropped to 79. Eversource has 11,072 electric customers in Newtown. Local officials knew of no injuries caused by the storm, which led to Booth Library closing early and the opening night of St Rose Carnival to be cancelled, among other quick schedule changes.
Local Republicans and Democrats continue to seek interested residents who want to give back to their community by considering service on local elected boards and in appointed positions on various committees serving the community.
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. One of the main travel speed problems on Key Rock Road involves motorists who rapidly exit westbound Sugar Street and then enter southbound Key Rock Road traveling at speeds much higher than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit. To address that problem, the existing speed table on Key Rock Road that in nearest to Sugar Street will be removed and another speed table will be constructed closer to Sugar Street to replace it.