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  • Library Trustees Look Ahead To 2014-15 Budget

    Following a report from C.H. Booth Library Acting Director Beryl Harrison, at the Tuesday evening, December 3, meeting of the Board of Trustees, the next two hours were focused primarily on a line by line dissection of the library budget, which were to be submitted to the town by December 6. Among the topics covered were fire alarm issues, the library's archival information management project, the amount requested for the building's maintenance, the income line item for annual fundraising, and the search for a new permanent library director.

  • Flags Lowered To Honor Nelson Mandela

    President Barack Obama has ordered flags lowered to honor Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at his home in South Africa. In a proclamation issued last night, the President has ordered “that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff ... until sunset, December 9, 2013."

  • 12/14 Emergency Response Analysis Supports NPD Actions

    An analysis of the Newtown Police Department’s (NPD) response to the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook School has found that Newtown police responded rapidly, positioned themselves appropriately, and followed police department policies concerning such a situation. A four-member committee of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) prepared the report which was requested by Police Chief Michael Kehoe to clarify the sequence of events on that day. The CPCA is a professional association of 104 municipal police chiefs in the state which seeks to improve the quality of law enforcement. The committee also produced a graphic timeline depicting the events which occurred on 12/14 from 9:35 to 10 am.

  • Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Members of Newtown Clergy Association have announced plans for the town’s faith communities to offer services and support for residents in upcoming weeks, as the first anniversary of 12/14 approaches. The town's faith communities are diverse in faith and practice, but are united in common compassion and a commitment to minister faithfully to all residents. “Because any single event on the Anniversary of December 14th would create challenges on multiple levels, we have decided that it would be best to offer a variety of opportunities for our beloved Newtown community to come together: to remember and honor those we have lost, to support all who are grieving, and to steady one another on our journey together. We pray that one or some may provide a way for many of you to come together for comfort, support and encouragement," the group announced on December 4.

  • Llodra Reports To Newly Seated Council On School Security Developments

    It was an odd image, seeing Jeff Capeci seated at an audience microphone during the public comments portion of Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting.But as he was briefly honored by newly elected council Chair Mary Ann Jacob for his years of elected service, the former chairman had nothing but congratulations to offer. "I encourage you to ask the right questions and make the right choices," Mr Capeci said to the slate of officials, including newcomer Anthony Filiato.In recognizing Mr Capeci, Ms Jacob said she admired his fair and balanced decision making, and that she had learned much watching his leadership style. First Selectman Pat Llodra recalled her early days on the council in 2005, when she sat next to Mr Capeci, another newcomer to a council with only two incumbents.

  • Police Reports | November 25-December 3, 2013

    DUI Charge Police said that they responded to a report of a minor one-vehicle accident having occurred at 4 Riverside Road about 2:05 am on November 30. Police said that after investigati...

  • Fire Reports, November 27 - December 4, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Wednesday, November 27: 9:08 am, investigation, 3 Simm Lane, Hook & Ladd...

  • Newtown Fund Still Needs Help For Holiday Basket Program

    With Depot Day fast approaching, The Newtown Fund still has five families who need to be adopted this holiday season. The Newtown Fund’s Holiday Basket Program provides gifts for all members of a family, food to get through the holidays, and gift certificates for gas, shoes, additional food, etc. The families are kept anonymous, after contacting Social Services. This year’s Depot Day — the day when all items for the annual holiday program are dropped off, organized, and then delivered to the families — is scheduled for Saturday, December 14.

  • What Will Newtown’s Community Leaders Be Doing On 12/14?

    Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com. The 20-minute session December 3 included First Selectman Pat Llodra, along with Cody Foss of Newtown Youth Academy (NYA), Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, and Newtown Congregational Church Senior Minister Matthew Crebbin, who also leads the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association. Each official discussed what they plan to be doing on Saturday, December 14.

  • Police Announce Traffic & Parking Rules For Ram Pasture Tree Lighting

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will present its 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at the southwest corner of Ram Pasture on Friday, December 6. The festivities will begin at 6:30 pm, with the tree lighting scheduled for 7. To provide for pedestrian safety at the heavily attended event, Newtown Police will be enforcing special temporary no-parking zones and road closures. The parking/traffic rules will be in effect from 5 to 8 pm.