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  • 5K And Kids Run August 31, Road Closures & Detours Planned

    The 8th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike, will take place at Dickinson Park at 9 am on Saturday, August 31. Benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), this race annually draws 500 to 600 runners plus another 200 children in the fun run. Race organizers are expecting a larger than usual turnout this year. The race and fun run will result in the temporary closure of a section of Sugar Street, and related detours around the area.

  • Police List Road Closures, Parking Bans For Labor Day Parade

    The 52nd Newtown Labor Day Parade is scheduled to start at 10 am on Monday, September 2. The parade will start at the head of Main Street and then proceed southward on Main Street to eastbound Glover Avenue, and then to northbound Queen Street. Staging the parade will require that roads in the town center be closed to traffic, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele. Affected road sections will be closed to through-traffic from about 9:40 am to about 1:15 pm, he said.

  • Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning, Special Weather Statement

    A Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in New York City for Fairfield and Westchester counties. It is in effect until 5:45 pm. In addition, the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Fairfield County, along with Putnam County and Westchester County in southeast New York, in effect until 5 pm.

  • Senator Murphy Makes A Lunchtime Visit To Sandy Hook Center

    Stepping across new, pressed concrete sidewalks Monday afternoon, Senator Chris Murphy saw improvements that the streetscape project has brought to Sandy Hook Center. He was also in town for a bite to eat at The Villa with Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Vice President Joe Hemingway — a lunch date that Mr Hemingway won in a recent SHOP fundraising event. Mr Hemingway wanted to thank the senator “for all his support,” noting that he “has been visible, and has been around” to help the community.

  • New Library Director Faces Criticism, Concern At Forum

    During a sometimes contentious 90-minute forum held on Saturday, August 24, to discuss planning goals for C.H. Booth Library, a number of library patrons, unhappy with changes already made, urged the library’s new director to slow the pace of change at the 25 Main Street facility since he recently arrived as its new administrator. About 35 residents attended the session held in the library’s public meeting room. It was the second forum in a series of three such gatherings. The third forum is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, August 27, at the library; the first was earlier this month, on August 15.

  • Review Panel Seeks Shooter's School Records

    NEW HAVEN (AP) — A portrait of a highly isolated young man with disruptions in his education is emerging as a state office investigating the Newtown shooter seeks the release of his school records. Connecticut’s child advocate office is seeking Adam Lanza’s records as part of an investigation with its Child Fatality Review Panel into last year’s massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza, 20, killed his mother before the massacre and committed suicide afterward.

  • Order Sought For Sandy Hook Gunman's School Records

    Connecticut’s attorney general wants a judge to order Newtown school officials to release the records of the gunman who killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 first-grade students. Attorney General George Jepsen wants Adam Lanza’s school records to be released to the state child advocate office so its Child Fatality Review Panel can examine the 12/14 attack.

  • Dozens Touched By 12/14 Join Officials Signing Coalition Letter To Starbucks

    The family of Lauren Rousseau, one of the four teachers lost on 12/14 -- and a former Starbucks barista -- have been joined by other family members of those killed, advocacy groups, local clergy, First Selectman Pat Llodra and several other state and federal officials signing a letter asking the global coffee company to ban guns from its retail shops. Nearly three dozen signatories already appear on the letter from the Newtown Coalition For Corporate Responsibility. The memo was dispatched two weeks after the Church Hill Starbucks closed early, preventing legally permitted gun owners from gathering there on what was being called "Stabucks Appreciation Day."

  • Preservation Bid May Delay FFH Demolition

    A July 29 letter from a state historic preservation official suggesting the remaining structures at Fairfield Hills could have historic value is riling local officials and could delay the planned demolition of Danbury Hall and the cluster of vacant residential homes adjacent to Mile Hill South. The letter from Daniel Forrest of the State Historic Preservation Office was dispatched after the office was asked to comment on the demolition as part of qualifying criteria set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, which provided the town a $200,000 grant that would cover most or all of the anticipated razing of Danbury Hall.

  • Selectmen's Update: Several Projects Are 'On Time, Under Budget'

    “On time and under budget” was the mantra being chanted by several presenters August 19 as the Board of Selectmen heard a report on a group of major projects in town either nearing completion or well under way.Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell was first up to talk about the Hawley School boiler replacement project.