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  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.

    At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story.

    However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage.

  • State Action Gets Sandy Hook School Project Off To A Fast Start

    Sandy Hook School demolition and remediation work is already running ahead of schedule, thanks to the state recommending remediation vendor Bestech also handle demolition work at the site.

    According to First Selectman Pat Llodra, late last Friday, October 11, the town received notice from the state that the town could move forward using Bestech for both remediation and demolition under a “professional services” designation, which means the town would not have to go out to bid for a separate demolition contractor.

  • SHS Site Turned Over To Construction Manager, Remediation Commencing

    Following an opportunity that was provided to Sandy Hook School staff and 12/14 victims’ families to visit the school site one final time, the site has been turned over to Consigli Construction, the company chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs.

    Speaking to The Bee on October 7, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the property is now in the hands of the construction teams.

  • A Step Forward

    To the Editor:

    I’d like to thank all those in our community who supported Saturday’s Sandy Hook School referendum.  The high turnout and landslide victory were a remarkable show of community support for SHS and all Newtown district students and families, both current and future.

  • Saturday Referendum Calls Voters To Appropriate $50 Million Grant For Sandy Hook School

    Referendum polls will be open for all registered and qualified voters Saturday, October 5, between 6 am and 8 pm, at Newtown Middle School to appropriate $50 million in state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School.

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia-Halstead said mailed in absentee ballots for the referendum will be counted if received by Saturday, October 5. Voters may apply for their own referendum ballots in-person up until 4:30 pm Friday, October 4.

  • Finding The Right Words

    To the Editor:

    Sitting at a desk and starring at a keyboard with an intense desire to write a letter of support for the SHS vote this Saturday is the easy part. Finding the right words to express how important you believe it is to vote Yes and attempting to appropriately encourage others to do the same is difficult.

  • Deciding Not To Vote

    To the Editor:

    The vote on the upcoming referendum has weighed very heavily on me as it has, I’m sure, on others. I understand our elected officials have united in their support of accepting state money to build a new school and tear done the current Sandy Hook School. 

  • Moving Forward

    To the Editor:

    Newtown residents, accept the state’s grant for the purpose of building a new Sandy Hook School. This one-time opportunity will allow Newtown to continue moving forward. Resultant positives by passing this referendum include:

    Returning the children, faculty and staff to the Sandy Hook community

    No local tax increase due to building Sandy Hook School

    A fully funded state grant with no repayment requirement

  • Making The Town Whole Again

    To The Editor:

    We are writing to urge all Newtown residents to vote “Yes” on the October 5th referendum. By accepting this generous grant from the state, we will be able to bring our children home to Sandy Hook and provide for the future children of Sandy Hook.  This money is a gift from the state and will not impact our local taxes. 

  • Support From the NMS PTA

    To the Editor:

    Newtown Middle School PTA has voted to advocate for a Yes vote for this weekend's town referendum regarding Sandy Hook School. Passing this referendum is a win-win for both our school district and our town government.  Accepting the $50 million grant from the state will not only bring the Sandy Hook students back to Newtown, but will also replace a valuable town asset.  Failure to accept this grant will have an impact on all Newtown families.