• Police Union Seeks Funding For Trauma Treatment

    As police this week continued their probe into the December 14 incident involving 28 shooting deaths, including 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the lawyer who represents the Newtown Police Union is seeking help from the town, state, and federal governments to extend paychecks for "three to five" town police officers who were so traumatized by the incident that they have not yet been emotionally able to return to work.

  • A Special Concert Of Holiday Music

    The New Baroque Soloists, with special guest the soprano Susan Consoli, will perform “A Festive Holiday Concert of Chamber Music” at Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday, December 28.

  • Counseling And Support For Newtowners

    In light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, several agencies are be offering open forums for parents, caregivers, nd educators on how to help children and their families. Other organizations will be offering special programs to help children and adults work though what they are thinking and feeling. Residents are reminded that all of Newtown’s clergy have opened their doors for those who are seeking spiritual guidance, whether or not one is a regular attendee of any house of worship.

  • First Steps To The Future

    It is difficult to think about the future when the crucible of the present moment is still too hot to touch. But we do know that when Newtown emerges from this awful and intense chapter of its continuing story, things will be different. The trauma of this time, the sorrow it has stitched into our hearts, and this new enduring suspicion that security is a mirage, will frame the future we construct for ourselves.

  • Mailing Address Established For Families Of Victims

    Newtown Post Office has set up a special address for those who wish to send cards, notes or gifts to the families of the victims of the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Cards and gifts should be mailed to For The Families Of Newtown, PO Box 3700, Newtown CT 06470.

    Postmaster Cathy Zieff says that any mail received at that address will be forwarded to the Board of Education, along with any mail that has been sent addressed to Sandy Hook School.

  • Suffering From Media Onslaught

    "The story is over. The families are burying their loved ones. Please leave our towns."

    These were the sentiments of State Representative DebraLee Hovey during a Capital memorial service December 19, but they represent the comments of a growing throng of Newtown residents, merchants and officials, as well as a number of survivors who have contacted The Bee in the days since the Sandy Hook School rampage.

  • Parents of Newtown Children Who Survived Launch Relief Fund

    Feeling the overwhelming need to take action to help their friends and neighbors, a group of Newtown parents has formed the My Sandy Hook Family Fund (www.MySandyHookFamilyFund.com). This group is made up of the parents of the children who survived. They are the classmates, friends, coaches and neighbors of the victims of Friday’s massacre.

  • Retraction And Apology

    An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.

  • Answering For Our Town

    The holiday season had already settled over Newtown like a snow globe, and the spirited center of Sandy Hook glittered with lights and bubbled with good cheer. Then on Friday morning a young man filled with anger and trouble, armed beyond reason, took deadly aim at Sandy Hook’s true heart — its elementary school. The violence wrought in the next several minutes left 26 dead, mostly 6- and 7-year-olds and several of the adults who tried to protect them. The scale and the horror of the crime still outpaces our capacity to understand it.

  • Shooting Reported Sandy Hook Elementary School

    State and Newtown police, ambulance, and emergency response personnel responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly after 9:30 am, Friday, following reports of a shooting. One child was carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded.

    The other children in the school are exiting the school under state police protection.

    All of Newtown's schools are in lockdown, and the private schools have in town have been notified of an alleged shooting being reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School.