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  • Special Olympics Torch Run Slated For June 7

    Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7. Police encourage Newtown residents to come out and cheer for them along the Newtown leg of the event, which will come into town from Bethel on Route 302, travel across Glover Avenue, onto Queen Street, and then down Church Hill Road before heading into Southbury to continue its route into Hamden and New Haven.

  • Third Round School Budget Passes By 1,181 Votes

    There was muted enthusiasm, but enthusiasm nonetheless as referendum moderator Carol Mattegat read off the third round referendum results Tuesday evening about 30 minutes after the polls closed at Newtown Middle School. After two disappointing failures, the district finally found overwhelming support as its twice modified budget request passed by a margin of 1,181 votes.

  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases, tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.The House and Senate adopted a series of technical changes Monday with broad bipartisan support.The changes:Allow people who purchased assault weapons on large-capacity magazines on April 4 – the day the governor signed the gun control measure – to register and lawfully possess them.Allow sworn and duly certified state and local police officers...

  • Visiting Ballfields To Get The Vote Out

    With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents. The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm. Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits. Ms Roche said many of the people she spoke with on Sunday had few questions, and most of the people were simply happy to see Dr Reed out speaking with residents about the upcoming budget referendum and Newtown’s educational system in general. “Everybody was thanking him for coming on board,” said Ms Roche, who also noted people thanked Dr Reed for taking the time to visit the ballfields...

  • Bolinsky, Carter To Host Post-Session Legislative Update

    State Reps Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2) invite Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the legislative session that ends on Wednesday, June 5. The legislative update will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • Authors Honor 12/14 Victim, Animal Advocate With Online Auction

    A former librarian has organized and launched an on-line auction in the memory of one of the 12/14 victims.Bobbie Pyron’s appeal to more than 30 authors — many who penned award-winning and New York Times best sellers — was answered as they joined to autograph their works in honor of Catherine Vio-let Hubbard, a little girl with a dream to provide a sanctuary for homeless animals. In the months since the shooting, Catherine’s parents and The Animal Center in Newtown have set up a fund to raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary.

  • Commission Weighs Challenge On Newtown's 911 Calls

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press. A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks.

  • Provoked By Newtown, Obama Pushes For Mental Health Reforms

    WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”“I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.

  • First Selectman Implores Lawmakers To Block Access To 12/14 Materials

    Urging state legislators to make a “compassionate choice,” First Selectman Pat Llodra has added her voice to that of grieving 12/14 parents and a group of lawmakers led by Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney working to excerpt certain public records, images and 9111 recordings from public access.

  • Newtown Charity To Begin Distribution Of $11.4M To Families

    According to an Associated Press report, the president of the foundation overseeing about $11.4 million in funds donated to Newtown in the wake of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School said Monday his group hopes to begin distributing money to the families of victims within a month.