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  • This Weekend: Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Many faith communities in Newtown are offering services and support for residents this weekend, to mark and honor the first anniversary of 12/14. The media is being asked to respect the privacy of those attending any of these services. Many houses of worship have posted signs on their grounds asking all media to stay back while residents, friends, and families gather to remember those who were killed at Sandy Hook School, and to reflect on the past year. “One of the challenges for us is that when the media is present, some of the people that are most vulnerable, who need the most support, won’t come,” the Reverend Matt Crebbin, senior pastor of Newtown Congregational Church, said. “We don’t want our people to feel and become isolated,” he added. It is important that those who have a need to be with others at this time feel comfortable leaving their homes, he continued.

  • Special Weekend Events To Honor And Reflect

    A number of groups and organizations have planned special events that are meant to help people cope, come together and/or offer support for the weekend of December 13-15, in relation to the first anniversary of 12/14. Most events are free of charge; two are requesting small donations from participants.

  • Council To Explore Eminent Domain Option On Parcel Needed For New School

    The Legislative Council is scheduled to consider and possibly endorse eminent domain options to acquire a privately owned parcel for the planned new access road for Sandy Hook School. The meeting is set for Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 at the Municipal Center. According to the agenda, the council will discuss and possibly act on acquiring a parcel for the school, "including action by eminent domain." Town Attorney Monty Frank told The Newtown Bee that it is the council's purview to take up the action if it cannot reach an agreement through negotiation.

  • ‘Kids Share’ Their Writing And Art Through Book Workshop

    Children celebrating a book showcasing their creativity and writing efforts, along with parents and Kids Share Workshops and Publishing Inc (KSWP) coordinators and volunteers threw a pizza party on Friday, December 6. They had come together for a productiv...

  • Organizations Are Here For The Long Haul As Newtown Moves Forward

    “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” — Shel SilversteinSo much that shouldn’t, mustn’t have happened, did occur, last December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 small children and six educators. But out of a horror that could’ve, might’ve put Newtown into an angry, downward spiral of hate and despair, instead has come a powerful message to the world beyond our town’s borders: We Choose Love...

  • Police Reports | December 4-11, 2013

    Flagpole Bumps Oksana Sokolova, 28, of Derby received an infraction from local police November 30 for failing to drive a reasonable distance apart following a minor traffic collision November 30 around 10:42 am at the inters...

  • Fairfield Hills Research Reveals ‘Fascinating’ Look At Facility’s Past

    More than once Andrea Zimmermann said she was surprised by what she learned recently while researching Fairfield Hills. Author, researcher and Newtown resident, Ms Zimmermann in October submitted to the town a preliminary 39-page report ...

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Tuesday

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, December 10, due to the weather. 

  • Highway Crews Busy Treating Roads, Police Advise Drivers 'Plan Accordingly'

    Newtown Public Works crews have been on the job since 2 am preparing for what forecasters are predicting will be a three to five-inch snow event, and prompting a winter weather advisory until 5 pm. School was closed, easing the burden for road crews and local police according to Sgt David Kullgren. He reminds drivers, however, that conditions are expected to worsen well into the afternoon. "So residents should plan accordingly," he advised. "Stay home unless there is an emergency, and stay off the roads so town crews can do their job clearing." Temperatures are expected to remain just around or below the freezing mark, and the National Weather Service is warning that occasional heavy bands of snow could cut visibility down to a half-mile or less.

  • Sandy Hook Families Joining Vice President Announcing $100 Million In Mental Health Funding

    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to announce this afternoon that $100 million will be made available to increase access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities. He is expected to be joined by families of those killed on 12/14 when making the announcement. The funding comes as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to help individuals experiencing mental health problems. The Vice President will discuss the new funding during a meeting at the White House with families who lost loved ones during the shooting in Newtown, as well as mental health advocates according to a White House advance.