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  • Family Members Impressed By State Legislators’ Bipartisan Approach To New Gun Law

    Speaking Wednesday morning, April 3, Mark Barden said that considering where lawmakers stood on enacting strong gun legislation two weeks ago, when family members of victims of 12/14 first met with lawmakers at the State Capitol in Hartford, he feels that the bill on gun violence prevention and children’s safety (Senate Bill 1160) set for a vote by legislators that day, showed that legislators had “done some good work in moving the ball forward.” Mark and Jackie Barden are the parents of 6-year-old Daniel Barden, who was one of 20 first grade students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHS) on December 14.

  • Borough Zoners Approve St Rose Church Projects

    Following discussion of technical issues, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members have approved construction projects for the St Rose of Lima Church campus on Church Hill Road. The BZC granted applicant St Rose Church Group approvals for two projects at the property at 38, 40, 42, and 46 Church Hill Road at a March 20 session, following a public hearing.

  • NRA: Conn. Gun-Control Proposal ‘Completely Inadequate’

    WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools. At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.

  • Award Cites Dispatching Efforts That Followed 12/14 Shootings

    In recognition of the intense effort involved in handling the emergency radio telecommunications traffic that stemmed from the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South has received an Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award. Sharing the award with Newtown was a similar emergency communications center for Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting incident occurred in a movie theater last July 20.

  • Green Ribbon Ride Will Remember And Honor "Newtown’s 26 Angels"

    Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”

  • State Police Investigating Bank Robbery In Southbury

    State Police are investigating a robbery of the Naugatuck Savings Bank on Main Street South in Southbury before noon, April 3. According to witnesses, a male entered the bank and demanded money from a teller, implying that he had a weapon. The man is described as a white male, about 30 years old and six feet tall. Police are looking for a green Honda that may be associated with the robbery. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man. Citizens are asked to call Troop A at 203-267-2200 with information. All calls will be kept confidential.

  • SHS Building Task Force To Meet Friday

    The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force will host its first public meeting on Friday, April 5. The group will be in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center, and plans to be in session from 7 until 9:30 pm. According to the group’s agenda, the evening will include comments from First Selectman Pat Llodra; the introduction of Richard Harwood, a professional facilitator who has been hired by the Town of Newtown to guide officials through the process of examining options for the Sandy Hook School facility; an outline of the evening’s goals, which will include an understanding of the decision-making process, ground rules, and principles and criteria that will be used to make judgments moving forward.

  • Animal Sanctuary Had Its Eye On Castle Hill Property

    An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary."From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.A third-party buyer for the roughly 136 acres has changed the equation for both Ms Verna and the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), which had aligned efforts to raise funds for a counteroffer to an initial proposal for cluster housing from Newtown-based GLT Development Corporation at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road - the former Gretsch estate.

  • Police Continue Probe Into Four Residential Shootings

    Police said Monday they are continuing their probe into a series of shooting incidents which occurred in the darkness early on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, at four separate residential locations. There were no injuries in the incidents which occurred on Alpine Drive, Saw Mill Road, Berkshire Road, and Brandywine Lane, Lieutenant George Sinko, commander of the police department’s patrol division, said April 1. The police detective bureau is pursuing leads in the case in seeking to find who took those shots, damaging property at the four locations. At Alpine Drive, someone shot out two windows of a vehicle parked outdoors; at Saw Mill Road, a bullet penetrated a house’s wall and came to rest in an opposing wall; at Berkshire Road, a bullet passed through a double-paned picture window and entered the house; and at Brandywine Lane, someone shot at a curbside mailbox.