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  • The Sandy Hook Christmas Tree Will Remain Standing

    The Sandy Hook Christmas tree will remain standing, following an eight-person unanimous vote by the executive board of The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Thursday night. The board of the NFA, which owns the property where the tree grows, met May 9, and “reaffirmed a tentative decision” made in prior weeks to keep the tree up for an undetermined amount of time, said NFA President Robert Eckenrode. The evergreen decorated annually for the holidays is outgrowing its spot on The Glen — a small NFA property at the intersection of Church Hill Road, Glen Road, and Washington Avenue.

  • Acting Superintendent Reed Addressing Myriad Issues During Transition

    Around 3:30 pm on Monday, May 6, John Reed’s first day in the office and on the job as acting school superintendent, he sat back in his chair, peeled a banana and took a bite, chuckling over a question about whether the snack represented breakfast.But in two separate conversations with The Bee this week, it became evidently clear that Dr Reed is prioritizing a lot of things above and beyond missing an occasional meal.In the space of just a few seconds, he ticks off a list of issues — “opportunities” as he prefers to describe them. Those challenges include fast-tracking contacts and interviews with potential school administrative candidates he is considering to fill seven administrative vacancies...

  • Forest Association To Discuss Replacement Of Sandy Hook Christmas Tree

    The future of Sandy Hook’s iconic Christmas tree will be the topic of discussion Thursday evening, May 9, as the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) board members determine an appropriate time to take it down, said NFA President Bob Eckenrode.Caught in the middle of a debate, the evergreen at The Glen, an NFA property beside Sabrina Style, may or may not come down this year prior to the traditional December holiday celebration.

  • Police Reports | April 29-May 6, 2013

    DUI Case Police report that they responded about 4:16 am on May 6 to an incident that occurred on South Main Street, near Prospect Drive. Police said motorist Brendan Brooks, 23, of 71 Main Street was...

  • Fire Reports | May 2-9, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:     Thursday, May 2: 5:15 pm, alarm, 3 Nunnawau...

  • Police Applications Opened To General Public; June 1 Written Test Planned

    Although voters have yet to approve a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, the police department is proceeding with plans to hire additional officers in light of public requests for added police staffing to beef up security at local schools. Police Chief Michael Kehoe said this week that the police department has expanded the range of people from whom it is accepting applications for an upcoming written test for the position of police officer. The department has opened up the field of applicants to include the general public. The department plans to hold the written test for the post of police officer at 9 am on June 1 at Newtown High School.

  • School District Implements Budget Freeze

    The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.Mr Bienkowski noted that at the time of his last monthly financial report for the school board, the district’s projected balance for the 2012-13 fiscal year was approximately $1,700.“We know that there has been a confluence of events that really dictate at this time that we use extreme caution,” Mr Bienkowski said.

  • Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Is May 11

    The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

  • Gun Control Advocates Urged To Persist In Their Efforts

    US Senator Richard Blumenthal this week told Newtown Action Alliance members that although recent proposed federal legislation to expand criminal background checks for gun purchasers failed to win approval, the matter will return to the Senate for another vote. “We’re not done,” Sen Blumenthal said of the drive for better gun control through federal legislation. The survivors of the victims of the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School have shown resilience, courage, and strength in their drive for improved federal gun control laws, the senator told about 140 people who attended an alliance forum on gun control held Tuesday, May 7, at the Newtown High School lecture hall.

  • School Board Advised Of Accidental Leak Of Confidential Records

    The Board of Education was notified at its May 7 meeting that a letter was recently sent home to roughly 800 parents to advise them that their student’s information was accidentally shared with a single parent in September. According to Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed, when a parent requested information from the school district regarding a child in August, a computer search for the student’s name generated more than 10,000 pages of data that was accidentally compiled on a disc before being checked.