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  • 43 Newtown Charities Report Raising $20.4 Million

    Forty-three charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting have informed Connecticut officials they have so far raised nearly $20.4 million and distributed close to $2.9 million of that money. The money already distributed has gone to the families of the 26 victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 first graders and six educators, as well as a variety of related causes. The list includes the local police union and fire companies, equipment for a faculty room at the new Sandy Hook school (the former Chalk Hill School, in Monroe, where SHS students are currently attending classes), mental health care for first responders and Sandy Hook families, and materials for teachers’ classrooms.

  • Llodra: State Will Accommodate Sandy Hook School Building Schedule

    Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook S...

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence. The couple believes it is unlikely there ever will be a full answer explaining why a man gunned down 26 people inside the school late last year. But they feel more research into brain health — and how a propensity for violence is manifested — could help prevent future tragedies.

  • Dispatchers, Nute Receive Awards For Outstanding Service

    The staff of the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, and also an individual dispatcher there, were the recipients of awards this week presented to recognize excellent performance, especially as demonstrated during the intensive period of emergency radio telecommunications traffic following the mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School on 12/14.

  • Police Reports | April 8-15, 2013

    Evading Police report that at about 10:30 pm on April 9, they were called to the intersection of Bayberry Drive and Lantern Drive concerning a one-vehicle accident that had occurred there. On arriving...

  • Fire Reports | April 11-17, 2013

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for supp...

  • First-Ever Split Budget Vote Featuring Ballot Questions Set For Tuesday, April 23

    All qualified residents and property owners are being called to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request Tuesday, April 23. Polling will be at a single location — the gym at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street — from 6 am to 8 pm. Those who cannot cast a vote in person may do so during special absentee balloting hours Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon, in the town clerk’s office at the Newtown Municipal Center, or pick up and file a ballot Monday, April 22, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

  • State Completing Design For Glen Road Bridge Improvements

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is completing its design for the rehabilitation of the Glen Road bridge, which crosses above the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury.DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week he expects that DOT will advertise the project for construction bids in mid-June.It is expected that the bridge rehabilitation project would begin in April 2014, he said.“Construction will occur during alternating one-way traffic [on the bridge], with possible short-term [bridge] closures, as required, for structural repairs, “ he said.

  • Students Protest Failed Background Check Legislation

    For at least the fourth time this year, the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street became the site of a demonstration, with protesters waving handmade signs outside the headquarters of National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF). Reacting to failed background check legislation as part of stronger federal gun control laws, students from Newtown and surrounding towns lifted their signs toward passing cars on Thursday, April 18.