• President Challenges Media To Compare Numbers: Terrorism vs Gun Violence In America

    In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year.

  • Crime Data Delivers Some Good News

    As a man accustomed to scanning spreadsheets full of discouraging numbers — about rising costs and diminishing revenues — Governor Dannel P. Malloy was uncharacteristically buoyed this week by a statistical report by the FBI that included some encouraging numbers about crime rates in Connecticut.

  • Passport To Sandy Hook Prize Packages Valued At Over $3,550

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 10, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 36 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages.

    To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, valued at more than $3,550, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 31 participating locations. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. The event will run rain or shine.

  • Food Drive At Masonicare, All Month

    Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will be hosting a food drive for the entire month of October.

    All members of the community are asked to consider donating any non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations of any size can be dropped off in the main lobby of Masonicare at any time.

  • Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Music At NUMC Saturday

    The 26th season of Saturday Pasta Dinners at Newtown United Methodist Church will continue on October 3, the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm with donation being $10, $9 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Gift certificates are available.

  • Team Ryan LLS Fundraiser, October 11

    DANBURY — Team Ryan will host a Poker Run on Sunday, October 11, to continue its fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

  • Swimming And Diving Team Showing Early-Season Progress

    So far, so good for Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, which has somewhat of a new look after losing nine graduates, including four team record holders, to graduation a year ago. This year’s version of the Nighthawks is making strides toward some success of its own in the not too distant future.

  • Community Center Forums Continue, Online Survey Deadline Approaching

    While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing.

    The first two sessions have been held. Two more additional forums are planned for Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road; and Saturday, October 17, at 10 am, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • Community Invited To Trauma Stewardship Workshop

    Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on? Struggling with your own reactions and stress? Or maybe you are noticing a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you cannot do enough, or a spike in negativity among your co-workers or community.

    If so, Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team (RRT) is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts.

  • Federal Court Hands Sandy Hook Families First Victory On Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. 

    In a short order issued September 30, the court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court.