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  • Fire Reports | January 30-February 5, 2014

  • Well Intentioned Passersby Could Have Made 3-Car Accident Even Worse

    A three-car accident on Sugar Street last week resulted in damage to three cars, and injuries to at least one driver. Well intentioned passersby could have made things worse had a vehicle they pushed from its side onto its tires fallen on any of them, or created additional injuries for its occupant. Newtown Police, Hook & Ladder and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the January 30 accident, which happened around 5 pm and left two damaged vehicles at the corner of Sugar Street and Madison Drive, while a third vehicle was on its passenger side in the front yard of 36 Sugar Street.

  • Relay For Life Of Newtown Back On The Track This Year

    The Relay For Life of Newtown Planning Committee has announced that RFL-Newtown 2014 will return to Newtown High School this year. In addition, there is a slight change to the date of the Relay, which was being planned for Friday, May 30. “It was brought to the planning committee’s attention that Friday, May 30, 2014, is the date of the [Newtown High School] senior trip,” RFL-Newtown Planning Committee member Michelle Babyak said February 5. “The high school seniors, as are all Newtown students, are an important part of Relay, so in order to make sure they have the opportunity to participate, the Relay has been moved to Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014.”

  • Cancellations & Postponements: Feb. 5

    LATEST (1:30 pm) All of today's Parks & Rec programs have been cancelled. || Groups, organizations and businesses that need to announce change of events of hours of operation due to today's weather are encouraged to contact The Newtown Bee to get the word out. Additional announcements will be posted as they are received.

  • Llodra Updates School Board On Security Plan

    For the second workshop meeting in a row, the Board of Education discussed security measures in the school district on Tuesday, February 4. Tuesday’s meeting marked the next-to-last budget workshop meeting for the school board. It is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, February 6. Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totals $71,580,034, which reflects a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 fiscal year. During its meeting on Thursday, January 30, the Board of Education heard a report about potential security costs. Dr Reed explained the school district has been asked by First Selectman Pat Llodra to find an alternative to a continued police presence at the schools and to add costs associated with that alternative to the school district’s budget, rather than in the selectmen’s budget.

  • Gun Control Activists Shift Tactics

    WASHINGTON – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activists are pressing a sympathetic White House to make gun ownership a public health and safety issue, and they're lobbying the Obama administration to pour money into public information campaigns and gun research. Some groups contacted did not want to discuss details of their lobbying strategy. “As you might imagine, those are conversations that we aren't ready to speak to the media about,” said Erika Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group formed and funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But others, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they are hoping the president will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to launch a public safety campaign about the dangers of gun ownership, much like the agency did about the dangers of smoking. Gun control advocates are also pressing President Obama to spend more money on research about guns and gun ownership.

  • Contact The Bee With Cancellations & Postponements; Public Schools To Be Closed Wednesday

    With an average of six inches of new snow thanks to Monday’s storm, Newtown and the region are preparing for another storm to arrive on Wednesday, February 5. Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed has already announced the cancellation of school for Wednesday. Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events planned for Wednesday, February 5, due to the weather are invited to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks to get their word out. In addition, businesses that decide to close early — or even open late — are encouraged to contact Miss Hicks with those details. Announcements will be posted on The Bee’s website, and also sent out through social media, as they arrive.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Monday

    Due to the weather, all Newtown Public Schools will be closed Monday, February 3.

  • Postponements & Cancellations

    Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events planned for today due to the weather are invited to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks to get their word out. Businesses that decide to close early — or even open late — are also encouraged to contact Miss Hicks with those details. Announcements will be added to this page, and sent out through social media, as they arrive.

  • Storm Bringing More Snow Than Expected, Few Accidents Reported

    Newtown's roads are slippery today. Fred Hurley has had crews out working since 4 am, but 10 hours into the storm, the public works director says the roads are "slick." Snow began falling around 5 am Monday, and has continued steadily since. The National Weather Service (NYC) had issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire southern portion of Connecticut, to be in effect from 5 am until 7 pm. A graphic posted at 3 pm Sunday, February 2, predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow to fall across Fairfield County by 7 pm Monday, February 3. By 9:47 am, NWS had upped its predictions to a "moderate to heavy snowfall event today. " Accumulations had been increased to between 3 and 6 inches of snow in northern Fairfield County. "At this point in the storm, unless you're on a road that's been plowed off, or has heavy traffic, they've very slick," Mr Hurley said shortly after 3 pm. "This snow is very slick."