• 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. First Selectman Pat Llodra said the property is now in the hands of the construction teams. A sturdy composite metal gate has been erected where previously only Jersey barriers and a 24-hour security guard or police officer had been stationed to keep onlookers and curiosity seekers from getting close to the building...

  • Senior Forum Set On Revaluation, Taxes

    Since the implications of the latest Newtown property revaluation hit home in the tax bills, particularly the tax bills of local seniors, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze has been asked to attend several meetings of loosely organized senior groups to respond to their growing concerns. The outcome of these informal meetings is a planned senior forum that is set for 7 pm, Tuesday, October 15, at Newtown High School, presumably replacing the regular finance board meeting already scheduled that evening. As was previously reported, some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate property tax increases fell on over-55 condos according to Assessor Chris Kelsey. Even after canvassing and re-grading 97 percent of all Newtown properties in the early stages of the latest revaluation process, a state audit of the assessor’s property valuations was accepted and deemed fair.

  • Lamp Lighting Marks Streetscape Phase II Completion

    Raising glasses in a champagne toast on Friday, October 4, officials and residents seated along a decorative stone wall and standing on a new stamped concrete walkway on the corner of Riverside Road and Washington Avenue cheered as antique-style lampposts suddenly lit.

  • Second Witness Claims Heath Admitted To Murdering Wife

    DANBURY – A man who was incarcerated in the Bridgeport Correctional Center with accused murderer John Heath told a 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on October 8 that Mr Heath, 70, in January had matter-of-factly told him that he had murdered his wife Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984 at their Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown. Craig Rosenoch, 40, was the second person to have testified in court that Mr Heath had admitted to killing his wife.

  • Selectmen Appoint, Charge Permanent 12/14 Memorial Commission

    Sandy Hook families will be well represented as efforts progress toward the establishment of one or more permanent memorials in remembrance of the tragic events of 12/14. Current and former students’ families, including four parents of children lost on 12/14, as well as two architects, a landscape products supplier, an individual who has worked on grant writing projects, a former member of the Board of Education, and a public relations professional began what could be a two-year-plus mission Monday night as they were sworn in as appointed members of a Permanent Sandy Hook Memorial Commission.

  • Facing Parenting With Faith And Courage Program Happening Tonight

    Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. invites all parents and caregivers to attend what organizers say will be an unforgettable new program: Norm Bossio on Parenthood. Insight and wisdom come with years of experience, and Mr Bossio has a remarkable way of sharing his while enlightening and motivating parents and caregivers who face parenting with the challenges of today’s world. On Tuesday, October 8, at 7 pm, Mr Bossio will speak at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. (Please note this listing was inadvertently posted as happening on Wednesday, but will be held on Tuesday, October 8.)

  • Defense Lawyer Challenges Police Probe in Heath Case

    DANBURY – The defense attorney for John Heath, 70, the Bridgewater man who is accused of murder in the 1984 death of his wife Elizabeth, 32, challenged the thoroughness of the Newtown police investigation that was conducted after John Heath reported to police that his wife was missing.On October 4 in Danbury Superior Court, Special Public Defender Francis O’Reilly said that the 1984 police investigation into Ms Heath’s disappearance contains “major holes” stemming from police not having documented interviews on the matter which they may have had with certain people who spent time at the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown...

  • Police Action Results In Schools Lock-In

    UPDATE: The lock-in has been lifted from both schools. Police activity continues, one person reportedly in custody and situation is contained. * * * * * Newtown Police are responding to an unspecified incident in Sandy Hook. Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses have been put into lock-in mode. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed has told The Newtown Bee that the move is in response to a request from the police, to allow them to pursue their current activities.

  • Jo-Mar Drive Incident Prompts Heavy Police Response

    At about 11:45 am on Monday, a “lock-in” security condition was lifted at both the Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses in response to a police emergency that occurred on Jo-Mar Drive in Sandy Hook.Interim School Superintendent John Reed said the lock-in had followed a request from police to do so.In a statement issued mid-afternoon Monday, Newtown police Lieutenant George Sinko said that at about 10:16 am, Norwalk police contacted Newtown police and advised them that one of their off-duty officers had threatened to harm himself.Newtown police did not identify the Norwalk police officer, who is in his 40s.Norwalk police added that the unnamed officer was traveling to his wife’s home on Jo-Mar Drive, Lt Sinko said.Newtown police were dispatched to Jo-Mar Drive where the Norwalk officer’s unoccupied vehicle was located...

  • Sandy Hook School Referendum Passes By Wide Margin

    A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School. Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding. During the past two weeks, and especially in the past few days, advocacy for the referendum spread across town and the social networks residents tap into, with hundreds of residents calling for a yes vote on various Facebook pages, including The Newtown Bee's. At the same time, a small but vocal contingent of opposition kept its collective views regarding why the town should not accept a state grant of up to $50 million for the project.