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  • State’s Attorney Seeks To Keep 911 Calls Secret

    NEW BRITAIN — Through an appeal filed October 30 in New Britain Superior Court, the Danbury state’s attorney is seeking to keep secret the recordings of the Emergency 911 calls that were made from Sandy Hook School to the Newtown Police Department on December 14, 2012, when 27 people died in a school shooting incident. In the legal papers, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III seeks to have the court overturn the state Freedom of Information Commission’s (FOIC) September decision to have the Town of Newtown release to the Associated Press (AP) the 911 calls that the AP had requested under the terms of the FOI Act, but did not receive from the town.

  • Police News October 21 - 28, 2013

    Reckless Burning Police said they went to Oakview Road, near Newtown High School, about 1:45 pm on October 23 after receiving a report about a ground fire in the area. Police said they charged each of...

  • Fire Reports October 24 - 30, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, October 24: 8:41 am, alarm, 60 Elm Drive, Hook & Ladder and Bo...

  • Mental Health Services Fund For Newtown Responders Falls Short

    A private charitable fund created to help pay for the mental health care of first responders, teachers and other workers affected by the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school falls short of what is needed to help those with long-term problems, including one police officer who cannot return to work, a union lawyer says. Connecticut lawmakers created the special Sandy Hook Workers’ Assistance Fund this year. They solicited donations from some of the state’s largest companies, as well as the general public, to help those affected by 12/14, one of the deadliest school shootings in US history. Though legislators estimated in March that several hundred thousand dollars had already been pledged and predicted more money would follow, just $218,361 was donated as of September 30, according to the state’s Office of Victim Services. Eric Brown, staff attorney for AFSCME Council 15, suggested the fund probably requires $10 million or else a law needs to be passed to provide workers’ compensation coverage for mental health-related injuries, including post-traumatic stress.

  • Police Uncover Nighttime Burglary At Fairfield Hills

    Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building. Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.

  • Municipal Election Ballots Available To View Online

    Connecticut voters can go online and view the ballots for every city and town holding municipal elections on November 5. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is urging the more than two million registered voters to familiarize themselves with the ballots before heading to the polls. They can be found at www.sots.ct.gov. Visitors should follow the Elections and Voting link to see the ballot for their city or town. Under the Voter Information header (top left area of the page) click on What will be on the ballot?, then on the link for November 5, 2013 Municipal Election, and then on the town or city of your choice.

  • The Great Pumpkin Challenge Collection

    A couple hours into the weekend collection hours for this year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge, pumpkins were already arriving at 14 Main Street, where the entire collection will be displayed on Halloween. This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5. In 2011 Mackenzie began The Great Pumpkin Challenge to support family friend Zoe McMorran, who was battling brain cancer. That first year donations raised went to the McMorran family and the American Cancer Association...

  • Sherman Woods Gains Wetlands Approval

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members last week unanimously approved the wetlands/watercourses protection aspects of a proposed 42-lot cluster-style residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook. The project would be the largest residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook. The project would be the largest residential subdivision locally in more than a decade. Following an October 23 executive session during which IWC members privately discussed plans for the proposed Sherman Woods complex, they approved the project. Sherman Woods has been the subject of a court appeal by the developer since October 2009. The IWC approval will now be reviewed by a Superior Court judge. If the judge endorses that approval, the application would be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and action.

  • Newtown VFW Announces Outreach For Teacher’s Family In Nevada

    On October 21, a 12-year old student in Sparks, Nev., shot and wounded two fellow students and killed a teacher. The teacher, Michael Landsberry, was a former Marine and an Air National Guard Master Sergeant. Newtown VFW Post 308 has set up an account for donations, which will be used to assist the Landsberry family as they deal with their tragic loss.

  • Breaking Ground For A New Playground At Dickinson Park

    Gardening shovels stood ready. With half the playground at Dickinson Park razed behind them, and a sign displaying the future playscape nearby, a small gathering of officials and playground supporters held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground at ...