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  • Police Reports, November 30-December 8, 2014

  • Fire Reports, December 5-10, 2014

  • Luminarias Fail To Set Holiday Spirits Aglow

    On behalf of the Ram Pasture Christmas Tree Lighting Committee, member Diana Johnson, on Monday, December 8, issued “sincere apologies to the whole town” for the abject failure of a new lighting option in the luminarias provided by the Chamber of Commerce and placed down Main Street, adjacent streets, and around Hawley Pond, a traditional prelude to the annual tree lighting. Mrs Johnson admitted that the decision to eliminate traditional candles from the luminarias was a failed experiment.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Opens The Weekend

    Despite a gentle rain, a small crowd gathered at Ram Pasture on Friday, December 5, for the 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting. As announced at the event, Newtown Chamber of Commerce President Tim Haas, Peggy Velthuizen, and Carol George were in charge of “flicking the switch” for both of the trees at Ram Pasture during the lighting event.

  • Venezuelan Man Pleads Guilty To Making Telephoned Threats After 12/14

    Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, of El Hatillo, Venezuela waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on December 11 in federal court to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown shortly after December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to court documents and statements which were made in court, on December 16, 2012, two days after the shootings that claimed 26 lives at the school, Hoffman used a voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) computer application on an iPod to make numerous phone calls from his home in Venezuela to Newtown residences. The charge of making threatening telephone calls carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

  • Schools To Run On A Two Hour Delay Thursday

    The Newtown Public Schools will have a two hour delay, due to anticipated road conditions caused by the weather, on Thursday, December 11. 

  • Food, Coat Drive At Foundry For FAITH, Through January 4

    Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, at 1 Glen Road, has designated the restaurant as a drop off location for both nonperishable food items and new or used coats and jackets to help families in need this holiday season. Donations are welcomed through January 4. Nonperishable food items will be donated to FAITH Food Pantry, while winter coats and jackets for men, women and children will be given to local families in need.

  • Sandy Hook Promise To Premiere Documentary, Also Introduces New Programs

    Sandy Hook Promise will premiere a new documentary tonight at the Helen Mills Theater in New York City. The documentary is part of a comprehensive educational effort designed to help parents protect children from becoming future victims of gun violence. The documentary, "What They Left Behind," chronicles stories of gun violence and aims to shed light on the underlying issues that allow these tragedies to take place. Through these stories, Sandy Hook Promise introduces a new approach that engages and empowers Americans in the prevention of gun violence in our country.

  • Residents, Officials Express Views On Housing At Fairfield Hills

    On Saturday, December 6, the town conducted the first of two public forums on the advisability of allowing rental apartments by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus. About 50 people attended the December 6 session, at least one-quarter of whom were members of town agencies, including the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z), Fairfield Hills Authority, Economic Development Commission, Legislative Council, and Board of Selectmen. Judging by comments made during the session, the public is skeptical and unconvinced that allowing rental apartments at Fairfield Hills is a good idea. A second forum on the controversial topic is slated for 7 pm on Thursday, December 11, also at Reed Intermediate School.

  • Schools To Run On A Two Hour Delay Tuesday

    The Newtown Public Schools will have a two hour delay, due to anticipated icy road conditions, on Tuesday, December 9.