• Library Trustees Addresses Current And Future Items Of Interest

    At the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, October 8, board members returned to regular board business after weeks of addressing the short and controversial tenure of its recently departed library director. The meeting this week, however, did touch on some issues that have been of recent concern to members of the public.

  • First Selectman Calls Planned ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ Disrespectful, Insensitive

    The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com have announced they will join together with other groups to sponsor Guns Save Lives Day on December 14, the first anniversary of 12/14, “because crazy people, criminals and gun control extremists prefer unarmed victims,” the trio of organizations announced by way of a joint press release on October 10.“We are proclaiming Saturday, December 14 as Guns Save Lives Day,” Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee, said. “In the coming weeks, you can go to GunsSaveLivesDay.com and get updates on this open source national project that all freedom loving organizations are invited to be a part of.”Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra was not pleased with the announcement...

  • 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.

  • Police News September 28 - October 3, 2013

    Sugar Street DUI Police said that at about 10:43 pm on October 2, they stopped motorist Dana Bennett, 68, of Monroe to investigate on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Key Rock Road. Police sai...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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...