• Public Forum Set For July 11 On Sandy Hook Fund Distributions

    A public forum will be held to receive input on the disbursement of the first release of funds from the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of $7.7 million. These funds are to be distributed to the families most impacted by the tragic school shooting on 12/14, identified first and foremost as those who lost a loved one, and additionally two wounded teachers and 12 children who escaped from the two classrooms the shooter targeted.

  • Big Time Rush Ticket Request Process Opens At Noon Friday, July 5

    Nickelodeon is bringing Big Time Rush to Newtown for a free concert Monday, July 22. Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Carlos Pena will be performing for a few thousand residents on the Fairfield Hills campus. The concert will begin at 7 pm, pre-designated parking shuttles will begin at 4 pm that day, and gates will open at 4:30 pm. Tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday, July 5 to Newtown residents only.

  • Firearms Ordinance Heads For Public Hearing, Possibly By Month's End

    Thirteen months ago, the Newtown Police Commission called for the Legislative Council to address a proliferation of complaints about private property shooting ranges and gun noise, mostly on weekends, sometimes extending from early mornings until well into the night. On Wednesday, July 10, the council's Ordinance Committee plans to move the overhauled ordinance to a public hearing. That hearing could happen as soon as the last week of July, although Ordinance Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee this week, that the hearing could end up happening the first week of August depending on the timing of public notices that must be issued.

  • Metro North Offering Newtowners 'Yankees Express' Train To Sunday's Game

    With thousands of locals and supporters heading to Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium Sunday, the team and Metro North are urging as many people as possible to commute in by mass transit. To make that a bit more convenient, the railroad is offering a "Yankees Express" train from Bridgeport or Fairfield, directly to the stadium. Metro North spokesperson Jim McCormack has provided a pdf showing all of the direct game trains on the Harlem and New Haven lines that are available for Newtown residents on Sunday. But the special train is the 10:37 am from Bridgeport, making stops at Fairfield Metro, and Fairfield before running express to the Yankees East 153rd Street Station, arriving a t11:53 am.

  • Police Reports Jun 21 - July 1, 2013

    DUI Incident Police report that after they spotted a vehicle crossing over the road’s center lines several times at about 1:08 am on June 27, they stopped motorist Lynn Ambrose, 46, of Fairfield on Sugar Street, near S...

  • Fire Reports June 27 - July 2, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, June 27: 2:10 pm, alarm, 66 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook responded; ...

  • Some Family Members Find More Grief In Money Distribution

    HARTFORD – More than six months after losing their loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, families say dealing with questions over how to distribute the millions of dollars sent to help Newtown heal is instead causing them more pain. How much should go to the families of the slain children and educators? To the families of the children who witnessed the massacre but survived and will need to pay for years of therapy? To the slain staff members' families, who may have lost a breadwinner? Or to the Newtown community at large? And who gets to make those decisions?

  • A Big Reason To Like Summer Break: Big Time Rush!

    While First Selectman Pat Llodra announced last week that the majority of post-12/14 events have already been scheduled and/or announced, she also hinted that there were two special events that were still coming while students and families were enjoying summer break. Get out your markers and poster board, young adults of Newtown. It’s time to make some concert posters: Nickelodeon is bringing Big Time Rush to Newtown for a free concert on Monday, July 22. James, Logan, Carlos and Kendall will be performing for a few thousand residents on the Fairfield Hills campus. The concert will begin at 7 pm, gates will open at 4 pm, and tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday, July 5.

  • National Weather Service: Tornado Hit Fairfield County

    Fairfield County was hit by a tornado on Monday, July 1, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS in New York City confirmed the hit by an EF-0 tornado on Monday with the release of a public information statement Tuesday afternoon. Newtown had been put under a Tornado Warning on Monday around 11:20 am, but the town was not affected by the weather event. The July 1 tornado reportedly touched down in Greenwich and Stamford.

  • Llodra Calls For A ‘Period Of Rest’

    On Thursday, First Selectman Pat Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks, and months following 12/14, the Town of Newtown has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar, for at least July and August. On Monday, July 1, Mrs Llodra spoke about the post, the thinking behind it, and responses that she had heard since making the announcement four days earlier. “My sense is, we need to be done with these major events, and spend some time with a respite. Local events will continue; I don’t have a role or response in what others do,” she said. “But I think in terms of outside activities, and outside groups, I think it’s time to say thank you, and we need to decline any further offers.”