• High School Prepares For Approaching NEASC Visit

    As the Board of Education heard during a presentation at its September 1 meeting, years of work will culminate with a visit representatives of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) next month. “I’m really excited to be a part of this process with such an outstanding school and a dedicated staff who have put in such a great deal of time and energy and enthusiasm over the last few years,” said NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue. A steering committee kicked off the school’s efforts to work toward the upcoming NEASC visit in May 2013 with a dinner. Since then, as NHS social studies teacher and the NEASC committee chair Amy Deep told the school board at the September 1 meeting, the steering committee as worked on completing a self-study. Part of the steering committee’s efforts included “revamping” the high school’s mission statement, according to Ms Deep, and a survey was shared with staff, students, and community members to gather input for the new mission statement. Ms Deep also shared other efforts and new changes that have been made at the high school based on the efforts of the steering committee.

  • Police Schedule Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

    On Saturday, September 26, from 10 am until 2 pm, Newtown Police Department in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a collection event during which members of the public may bring their unwanted prescription drugs to the police station at 3 Main Street for proper disposal.

  • Community Forum On Parent Partnership Slated

    A Community Forum titled “Parent Partnership: Influence, Inspire, and Ignite Teaching and Learning” has been scheduled by the Newtown Public Schools for Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm at Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall. The event will be a one-hour community forum for all kindergarten through twelfth grade parents.

  • Effective Support For Suicide Survivors Inspires Many Left Behind To Service

    This is the second part of a series of reports during National Suicide Prevention Month. On the one-year anniversary of her father’s suicide September 5, Zelda Williams posted a brief message on the social network site Instagram to all her fellow survivors, and to those who, like her dad, suffer silently with chronic depression. For survivors of suicide, coping is a conscious choice, and one that may come immediately or even months, years, or decades after the loss. But those who are looking for guidance, an empathetic ear, or an outlet for their grief have myriad resources dedicated to helping them — often inspiring survivors to some form of volunteerism or service to support others left behind.

  • P&Z Rejects Zoning Change Proposal For Elderly Housing

    Following lengthy discussion at a September 3 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, P&Z members unanimously rejected proposed new zoning regulations on “elderly housing.” In August, local builder and developer Kim Danziger had proposed regulations for elderly housing that would allow the construction of detached single-family houses on relatively small lots in a subdivision format, with each lot having its own water well and septic system. Public comments at the September 3 meeting were mixed.

  • New Education Foundation Taking Shape

    A week after announcing the launch of a Newtown Education Foundation, a meeting was held at Reed Intermediate School on Wednesday, September 2, for community members to learn more and volunteer for the foundation’s executive board, according to co-founder Kristen Bonacci. Ms Bonacci, Aaron Carlson, and Casey Ragan, all Hawley Elementary School parents and PTA members, founded the foundation. The foundation was announced and introduced to the public on Wednesday, August 26.

  • Flags Should Be Lowered For 9/11 Remembrance

    Hook & Ladder firefighters will be lowering the Main Street flagpole this morning, honoring those who were killed on 9/11. President Barack Obama this week issued a proclamation concerning Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, saying in part that “on September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families and our Nation with a void that can never be filled." All United States and state flags should be lowered on Friday between sunrise and sunset.

  • Ceremony Honors Lives Lost 9/11

    As they have for the past 12 years, Friday morning, September 11, Howard and Jeannette Lasher welcomed the public, emergency workers, military personnel, and state and local town officials to a solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Held on their Route 302 property marked by six maples painted to represent the American flag, familiar to passersby these past 14 years, the 9/11 memorial service commemorated not only the ten American Stock Exchange friends and colleagues of the Lashers, but all who were lost that day, as well as military troops affected since then. “Those despicable acts” changed the world as Americans knew it, forever, Mr Lasher reminded the gathered crowd in opening remarks, but the country has responded with resiliency and courage.

  • Football And Swim Teams Set To Begin Season

    The three-time South-West Conference champion Newtown High School football team is looking forward to continuing its run of success in conference play as the 2015 campaign kicks off. Coming off a season that featured six team record-setting performances, a runner-up finish in the South-West Conference championship meet, and the program’s best-ever performance in the state open, the girls’ swimming and diving team is again looking to be in the mix among the best in the conference and state.

  • Parade Winners Announced

    As happens every year, Newtown Labor Day Parade judges had their work cut out for them. Dozens of exciting entries flowed past the grand stand, Monday morning, September 7, making it a challenge to choose the best of the best from among them. By the time the last tractor had trundled down Queen Street, though, judges had come up with their list of winners. Also included in this post: the Newtown Bee Labor Day Parade Slide Show.