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  • Venezuelan Man Pleads Guilty To Making Telephoned Threats After 12/14

    HARTFORD — Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, of El Hatillo, Venezuela, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on December 11 in federal court to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in December 2012.

  • Documents: Parents Of Some Sandy Hook Victims Intend To Sue

    HARTFORD — Court documents indicate that the parents of several of the children killed on 12/14 intend to file wrongful death lawsuits.

    Probate court records show that parents of 11 of the 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have created estates for their children, which would be required to file lawsuits on their behalf. The documents do not say who they intend to sue.

  • 227 CT Gun Deaths Later, Newtown Families Continue Their Campaign

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are giving fellow senators pins that show how many people in their state have been killed by guns since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago.

    The senators’ own pins bear the number 227.

    Mr Blumenthal said he and Mr Murphy are distributing the pins to pressure Congress to act on gun control.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Opens The Weekend

    A crowd gathered around the larger tree at Ram Pasture on Friday, December 5, for the 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting event.

  • Interfaith Clergy Association Announces Special Gathering, Other Offerings For Second Anniversary Of 12/14

    Newtown’s Interfaith Clergy Association has announced plans for an Interfaith Gathering for Prayer and Comfort to take place on Sunday, December 14, the second anniversary of 12/14.

    “As faith leaders, we come from a variety of religious communities that are diverse in faith and practice. However, we want you to know that we are united in our commitment to offer care and compassion to all of Newtown,” members of the association said via e-mail December 8.

  • Food, Coat Drive At Foundry For FAITH, Through January 4

    Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, at 1 Glen Road, has designated the restaurant as a drop off location for both nonperishable food items and new or used coats and jackets to help families in need this holiday season. Donations are welcomed through January 4.

    The restaurant will be accepting donations of nonperishable food items to benefit FAITH Food Pantry in Sandy Hook. Food items needed most include pasta, sauce, juice, and various canned goods.

  • Sandy Hook Promise To Premiere Documentary, Also Introduces New Programs

    Sandy Hook Promise, the community organization formed in the days following 12/14, will premiere a new documentary tonight at the Helen Mills Theater in New York City. The documentary is part of a comprehensive educational effort designed to help parents protect children from becoming future victims of gun violence.

  • Creating A New Comfort Quilt

    Children participated in working to create quilt squares for a Comfort Quilt project at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 6.

    The table was part of the Parks & Recreation Breakfast with Santa event, but organizers Suzanne Davenport and Jan Brookes are working on the project outside of the event.

  • ‘Optimus Time’ At Municipal Center

    Michael Johnston calls his work “futuristic, mechanical timepieces created from recycled electronics and found objects,” and it is on view at Newtown Municipal Center until December 24.

    The show, “Optimus Time,” offers large pieces as well as pieces that will fit into one’s hand. Most of the works include working clocks.

  • Residents, Officials Express Views On Housing At Fairfield Hills

    On Saturday, December 6, the town held the first of two public forums on the advisability of allowing rental apartments by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus.

    A second forum on the controversial topic was slated for 7 pm on Thursday, December 11, also in the library of Reed Intermediate School.