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  • 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.

  • Sandy Hook Parents Watch As Gun Bill Dies In Congress

    WASHINGTON – A push by the White House and lobbying by the parents of children massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School failed Wednesday to convince the Senate to consider a relatively modest gun-control measure: An expansion of background checks for firearms purchases. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said an emotional President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden with Sandy Hook families.

  • Mark Barden's Comments In Introducing President Obama On April 17, 2013

    The following is a text transcript of comments made by Mark Barden of Sandy Hook in introducing President Obama at a press conference following the US Senate's vote on gun control measures: “My name is Mark Barden. Just four months ago my wife Jackie and I lost our son, and our children James and Natalie lost their younger brother Daniel, a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our sweet seven year old Daniel was one of 20 children and six adults lost on December 14th. I have to say, today it feels like it just happened yesterday.

  • 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.

  • State Warns Residents: Beware Of Charity Scams Tied To Boston Tragedy

    Following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are alerting residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the tragedy for their own purposes.“Once again, we know that compassionate, caring individuals and groups will want to offer whatever assistance they can,” said Commissioner Rubenstein. “But because scammers are always poised to exploit tragedy for personal gain, we want to remind donors to beware of the potential for scam charities to proliferate,

  • Parks & Rec Seeking Support For Park Restoration

    “I think the timing is crucial now to get the project out to the community,” landscape designer Billie Cohen wrote in a recent correspondence to Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Marks. Ms Cohen and the commission have been looking at her schematic design of what Dickinson Park could become in the future — a restored natural sanctuary within and around the existing recreational park, as she states in a mission statement. Questions of funding and community support to move the project forward remain.

  • A Golden Globe For The Flagpole

    Paul Bastiaanse and Dan Hern of Valley Restoration in Torrington were above it all, Tuesday morning, April 16. as they repaired the stem and set a new gilded ball in place on the flagpole. The gilded ball that formerly topped the flagpole was lost last August when a truck hit the pole, knocking the ball off its post. Despite a search in the area at that time, the 16-inch diameter ornament was never recovered.