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Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
|• Town manager||John L. Salomone|
Stephen Woods, Mayor
|• Total||13.1 sq mi (34.0 km2)|
|• Land||13.1 sq mi (34.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||85 ft (26 m)|
|• Density||2,248/sq mi (868/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213472|
Newington is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 30,562. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has its headquarters in Newington.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.1 square miles (34.0 km2). None of the area is covered with water, except for two small ponds, found in the town's largest parks, and various small streams. The town of Newington is bordered by the capital city of Hartford to the north, as well as the suburbs of (clockwise from Hartford) Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Berlin, New Britain, Farmington, and West Hartford. The town consists mostly of residential areas, although it is also home to the Berlin Turnpike, a large, commercial highway.
Mill Pond Falls
The town seal depicts Mill Pond Falls, named for a sawmill that was built there in 1860. The 16-foot (4.9 m) high falls, located in central Newington at Mill Pond Park, is the smallest natural waterfall in the country. A walking path that encircles Mill Pond includes a footbridge which crosses over the waterfall. There is also an observation area with benches at the base of the falls. The park is popular with local residents as a place to walk dogs, ice skate, jog, and picnic; it also hosts the occasional wedding party and festivals. It is open year round.
Starting in 2000, the Newington Waterfall Committee has celebrated the famed waterfall through the Waterfall Festival, held every September in the center of town. The festival features over 72 vendors and local music groups, as well as the "Artist's Chalk Walk" in which artists of all ages compete to create the best chalk drawing while passersby attend the festival. On April 17, 2010, the Newington Waterfall Committee agreed to plant a Crimson Maple dubbed the "Thankful Tree" at the falls, giving Newington residents the chance to write on tags what they are thankful for.
As of the census of 2010, there are 30,562 people, 13,011 households, and 8,253 families residing in the town. The population density is 2,310/sq mi. There are 12,699 housing units at an average density of 930.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town is 86.5% White, 3.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. 7.6% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 13,011 households out of which 19.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% are married couples living together, 11.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% are non-families. 28.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.4 and the average family size is 2.97.
In the town the population is spread out with 21.9% under the age of 19, 5% from 20 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $75,237, and the median income for a family is $79,792. Males have a median income of $43,475 versus $35,601 for females. The per capita income for the town is $33,745. 3.5% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.7% of those under the age of 18 and 3.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The median home value is $235,300.
Government and infrastructure
Newington Public Schools operates public schools in Newington.
There are seven public schools in Newington. There are four elementary schools, which teach pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Children attend the elementary school which is located in the district in which they reside. The names of the elementary schools are Elizabeth Green, Anna Reynolds, John Paterson, and Ruth Chaffee. There are also two middle schools in town, Martin Kellogg and John Wallace, which teach grades five through eight. Newington High School is attended by graduates of both middle schools and teaches grades nine through twelve.
The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium is located in Newington.
Newington High School
Until 1933, students of high school age in Newington traveled to Hartford or New Britain to attend high school. In 1933 eleven rooms were added to the existing junior high school to accommodate grades eleven and twelve. The first senior high graduating class was the class of 1938.
By 1940 improvisation was needed to serve Newington students in already limited space. World War II prevented a building program, but in 1949 Newington's citizenry voted to build a new high school building. This new building was occupied by 1951 and the first class to complete three years in the "new" Newington Senior High School graduated in 1954. Very soon, Newington's population growth was reflected in the overcrowded conditions at the high school. By the mid-sixties planning began for a new high school building. Meanwhile, the student population continued to grow. As a result, double sessions were instituted in 1967 and continued through 1971.
In March 1971, Newington High School students and faculty were in their new location at 605 Willard Avenue, and on October 3, 1971, formal dedication ceremonies were held. The high school currently occupies the building built in 1971. The original building (the first separate junior high) was razed, and the former Newington Senior High School of 1951 was renovated and is now used as the Town Hall and the Police Department.
Newington is served by the Connecticut state police, the local municipal police, and the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs Police Department. The municipal police department consists of 52 full-time sworn officers, who also act as the town's first responders for medical emergencies. All officers have gone through first responder training once more to implement the use of new automatic external defibrillators that will be carried in their vehicles.
The town has an incorporated volunteer ambulance service, that provides basic life support and transport services Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm – 6:00 am and weekends 24 hours. Advanced life support and transport during all other times is provided by American Medical Response. With this system the taxpayers get charged one bill sent by the volunteer ambulance with the Advance Life Support charge included. This system is used by several surrounding towns in the Greater Hartford Area.
The town is served by a fire department that is 100% volunteer and was founded in 1917. Besides the school system, it is the only part of town government that is not under the control of the Town Council or Town Manager. The volunteer fire department is run by an elected board of three fire commissioners, which appoints the fire marshal, the chief, and all officers. A study was undertaken during the administration of former town manager Paul Fetherston that recommended eliminating the board of fire commissioners and placing the department under the control of the town manager. During the 2008 round of Charter Revision, both the immediate past mayor (Mortenson) and current town manager (Salomone) brought up the topic of the fire services organizational structure.
- Gen. Martin Kellogg House, built in 1808 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987
- The National Iwo Jima Memorial, located on Ella Grasso Boulevard on the Newington and New Britain town line
- The Newington Junction North, South, and West Historic Districts
- Newington Junction Railroad Depot, built in 1870 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
- Willard Homestead (Newington, Connecticut), built in 1730 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
- Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station (amateur radio station W1AW), on the grounds of the American Radio Relay League, built in 1938.
Notable people from Newington
- Amy Archer-Gilligan (1873–1962), nursing home proprietor and serial killer who ran a home for the elderly in town from 1904 to 1907
- Ed Cody, NFL player for Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears from 1947 to 1950, born in Newington
- Richard P. Freeman (1869–1944), Spanish American War veteran and US congressman, died in town
- John Pezzenti (1952–2007), wildlife photographer born in town
- Lindy Remigino (1931- ), gold medalist (100 meters & 4 × 100 meters) 1952 Olympics
- Kotori Minami Idol singer
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- Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc
- As required by Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 29-297
- Newington Town Charter, §C-202
- January 3, 2008 Charter Revision Commission Public Hearing Minutes, page 2
- February 14, 2008 Charter Revision Commission Special Meeting Minutes, page 4
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