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  • Avielle Foundation Pitches Collaboration With School District

    Jeremy Richman introduced himself to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, May 19, before he explained an interest in a collaboration between The Avielle Foundation and the school district.

    Dr Richman then said that as the parents of Avielle Richman, one of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14, he and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, began the foundation to stop violent events and to answer why such events occur.

  • Selectmen Quiz Mental Health Hospital Developer On Security, Admissions

    Selectmen this week peppered a principal developer of a planned new, state-of-the-art mental health recovery hospital being eyed for Fairfield Hills with questions about security, and the potential for patients’ comings and goings to interfere with recreational activities on the town-owned campus.

  • After $6M In Reported Losses, Town Retaining Pension Consultant

    It was not lost on local officials that in a 20-year window, Newtown’s pension investments have met a benchmark goal set by local policies. It was the last five years that have prompted a call for hiring a pension consultant.

  • VFW To Host Memorial Day Program

    The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 11 am, at VFW Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road, off of Mile Hill Road).

    The program will be under the leadership of Quartermaster Jim Lewis. 

     

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  • 12/14 Aftermath: Former Police Officer Wins Arbitration Award On Disability Pay

    This story has been updated from the original version posted at 1:43 pm to include additional details from the arbitration document, and comments from Newtown Police Union President Scott Ruszczyk and First Selectman Pat Llodra, among other additions.

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    The State Board of Mediation & Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay extending to 2025 to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Board Awards Former Policeman Long-Term Disability Pay

    The State Board of Mediation and Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The officer stated that he was unable to continue work as a police officer after having suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the intensity of the incident.

    Thomas Bean, who is now age 40, reportedly will be eligible to receive approximately $380,000 in disability payments from the town.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several openings on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, with one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position  available to any registered voter;

  • NHS Valedictorian And Salutatorian Named

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., named Sarah Lynch and Hannah Grant as the Newtown High School Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 19

    Sarah plans to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs, as an undecided business major. Sarah said she is considering her choices between “multiple directions” in the field when she begins classes there in the fall.

  • Benefit Concert Life-Affirming & Joyous

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  • A Charter Revision Dissenting Opinion

    To the Editor:

    I wanted to take a moment to provide the dissenting opinion on the Charter Revision Commission’s recent vote that enables one party rule on the Board of Education. While there are four of us who voted to increase minority representation on the BoE, this reflects my opinions only and I do not speak for the other commissioners.