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  • Police Agencies To Share $2.5 Million In Grants For Sandy Hook Incident; Newtown PD Receiving $600,000

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday, August 28, that the Town of Newtown will receive more than $600,000 of an overall $2.5 million grant to be provided to law enforcement agencies in Connecticut to cover the costs for police coverage stemming from the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will provide $2.5 million overall in funding to the Connecticut State Police, Newtown police, and the many municipal police agencies that provided law enforcement assistance after the shooting incident. The funding is intended to compensate the agencies and jurisdictions for costs related to overtime, forensic investigation, and security during and in the aftermath of the crime.

  • Library Focus Groups Conclude With More Criticisms And Concerns

    The C.H. Booth Library’s new director completed this past week a series of three public forums billed as “Vision Quest” and designed to help the library chart a course for the future. His audience at the two final sessions on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening, however, focused more directly on the director himself and their concerns over recent and imminent changes at the library since his arrival on July 1. At an occasionally contentious 90-minute session on Saturday, August 24, a number of library patrons, unhappy with changes already made, urged Shawn Fields, the library’s new director, to slow the pace of change at the town’s iconic Main Street library since his appointment as its administrator.

  • 5K And Kids Run August 31, Road Closures & Detours Planned

    The 8th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike, will take place at Dickinson Park at 9 am on Saturday, August 31. Benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), this race annually draws 500 to 600 runners plus another 200 children in the fun run. Race organizers are expecting a larger than usual turnout this year. The race and fun run will result in the temporary closure of a section of Sugar Street, and related detours around the area.

  • Police List Road Closures, Parking Bans For Labor Day Parade

    The 52nd Newtown Labor Day Parade is scheduled to start at 10 am on Monday, September 2. The parade will start at the head of Main Street and then proceed southward on Main Street to eastbound Glover Avenue, and then to northbound Queen Street. Staging the parade will require that roads in the town center be closed to traffic, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele. Affected road sections will be closed to through-traffic from about 9:40 am to about 1:15 pm, he said.

  • New Library Director Faces Criticism, Concern At Forum

    During a sometimes contentious 90-minute forum held on Saturday, August 24, to discuss planning goals for C.H. Booth Library, a number of library patrons, unhappy with changes already made, urged the library’s new director to slow the pace of change at the 25 Main Street facility since he recently arrived as its new administrator. About 35 residents attended the session held in the library’s public meeting room. It was the second forum in a series of three such gatherings. The third forum is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, August 27, at the library; the first was earlier this month, on August 15.

  • Review Panel Seeks Shooter's School Records

    NEW HAVEN (AP) — A portrait of a highly isolated young man with disruptions in his education is emerging as a state office investigating the Newtown shooter seeks the release of his school records. Connecticut’s child advocate office is seeking Adam Lanza’s records as part of an investigation with its Child Fatality Review Panel into last year’s massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza, 20, killed his mother before the massacre and committed suicide afterward.

  • Order Sought For Sandy Hook Gunman's School Records

    Connecticut’s attorney general wants a judge to order Newtown school officials to release the records of the gunman who killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 first-grade students. Attorney General George Jepsen wants Adam Lanza’s school records to be released to the state child advocate office so its Child Fatality Review Panel can examine the 12/14 attack.

  • Dozens Touched By 12/14 Join Officials Signing Coalition Letter To Starbucks

    The family of Lauren Rousseau, one of the four teachers lost on 12/14 -- and a former Starbucks barista -- have been joined by other family members of those killed, advocacy groups, local clergy, First Selectman Pat Llodra and several other state and federal officials signing a letter asking the global coffee company to ban guns from its retail shops. Nearly three dozen signatories already appear on the letter from the Newtown Coalition For Corporate Responsibility. The memo was dispatched two weeks after the Church Hill Starbucks closed early, preventing legally permitted gun owners from gathering there on what was being called "Stabucks Appreciation Day."

  • Preservation Bid May Delay FFH Demolition

    A July 29 letter from a state historic preservation official suggesting the remaining structures at Fairfield Hills could have historic value is riling local officials and could delay the planned demolition of Danbury Hall and the cluster of vacant residential homes adjacent to Mile Hill South. The letter from Daniel Forrest of the State Historic Preservation Office was dispatched after the office was asked to comment on the demolition as part of qualifying criteria set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, which provided the town a $200,000 grant that would cover most or all of the anticipated razing of Danbury Hall.

  • Apparent Highway Suicide Resulted in Extended Travel Delays

    State police report that extended travel delays on Interstate 84 that occurred through the area on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 21, were caused by a police investigation into an apparent suicide that happened on westbound I-84, near Exit 5 in Danbury. State police said they received reports that a 52-year-old man had been spotted walking eastbound against the flow of westbound traffic on I-84 at about 12:45 pm, after which the man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck.