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  • Garner Prison Gets A New Warden

    A new warden has taken charge at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison for men at 50 Nunnawauk Road.Henry Falcone, who served as a deputy warden for operations at Garner under former warden Scott Semple, has been named the prison’s new warden.Mr Semple was Garner’s warden from mid-2009 until November 26. Mr Semple has been promoted to the post of deputy commissioner for operations for the state Department of Correction (DOC).Mr Semple attended the December 3 session of the Public Safety Committee for Garner Correctional Institution at which he introduced Mr Falcone to committee members. The panel meets quarterly to discuss public safety issues posed by the presence of the 245,000-square-foot facility which opened in November 1992.Mr Semple told panel members that Warden Falcone “came up through the ranks” at the DOC, having worked for the agency for more than 22 years.Mr Semple noted that James Dzurenda, who served as Garner’s warden from 2005 to 2009...

  • Police Officer With PTSD Awaits Departure Talks

    A Newtown police officer who responded to the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School, and who has been off work since then due to subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), said that the town has not yet contacted him to negotiate the terms of his expected departure from the police department. Officer Thomas Bean, 38, who has been a police officer for the past 13 years, said December 5 that he has received no word on the matter from the town. Officer Bean has said that the intensity of the 12/14 incident had such an emotional effect on him that he no longer would be able to function as a police officer.

  • Interact Clubs Selling Trees For The Holidays

    Many families made their way to Reed School last weekend, to purchase a Christmas tree from members of the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs. The trees were cut recently from a local property and are being sold to fundraiser for the two clubs. The sale will continue December 14-15, weather permitting.

  • Gov Malloy Urging Drivers To Limit Travel On Saturday

    Residents hoping to purchase Christmas trees, do holiday shopping, run errands, attend 12/14 services, or anything away from their homes are being encouraged by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to get all of their work done as early as possible on Saturday. Gov Malloy urged residents on Friday, December 13, to avoid travel during the first significant snowstorm of the season. If weekend events are cancelled or postponed due to the weather, residents and organizers are urged to contact The Newtown Bee in order to share that news. Cancellations and postponements will be posted as soon as possible.

  • When Connecticut’s Budget Realities Follow Tragedies

    State legislators sprang into action after the Newtown tragedy, allocating nearly $19 million for an array of initiatives on school safety, mental health and gun control. For the third time in six years lawmakers spoke decisively – and in bipartisan ...

  • Classes 4 Classes Expanding A ‘Social Curriculum’ Of Giving Back

    The overwhelming support that flowed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in so many varying forms after the events of 12/14 inspired then-teacher and Greenwich resident Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis to do something in return. Ms Roig-DeBellis is currently taking a leave of absence from teaching at the school, and is focusing for the time being on a nonprofit organization that hopes to reach each child in the country. The mission of Classes 4 Classes, for which Ms Roig-DeBellis is also serving as executive director, is to teach children that all lives "are not separate but rather completely connected, and that everyone has the power to take action and create positive change.” The website, according to the Classes 4 Classes mission, provides a platform to engage students “in learning a social curriculum, not by talking about kindness and empathy but by living it

  • 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...