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  • 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.

  • OneRepublic Raises $100,000 For Sandy Hook School

    On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.A video posted on the band’s fundraising website now indicates OneRepublic has increased its original goal to $250,000

  • 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.

  • Newtown Families Want Strict Ban On Large Ammo Magazines

    The families of the Sandy Hook school massacre victims delivered a precise, unequivocal and timely message to legislators Monday: The current bipartisan proposal by the legislature's leaders to ban the sale, but not the possession, of high-capacity ammunition magazines is inadequate.In a letter delivered to leaders, the families of 11 of the 26 victims said they think that 11 children escaped while Adam Lanza was inserting a fresh 30-round magazine in his Bushmaster rifle, making an emotional case for banning magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

  • Families of 12/14 Victims Present Letter To Legislators

    The following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, Monday, April 1, in the office of Senator John McKinney, at the State Capitol in Hartford. Speaking briefly at the press conference was Nicole Hockley, the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade student Dylan Hockley, who perished 12/14. Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach who died at the school 12/14, read the letter. Parents of three other first grade students who died at SHS, Jackie and Mark Barden; Jenn Hensel; and Nelba Marquez Greene were present Monday morning, as well.

  • DAV Benefits Open House, April 13 At VFW Post

    Two authorized veteran service officers from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be at Newtown VFW Post 308 on Saturday, April 13. Doors will open at 10 am, and the officers will present a 40-mintue presentation beginning at 11. The presentation, open to...

  • Free Cones For Kids, April 10

    To celebrate the opening of a new ice cream season, Ferris Acres Creamery and Holy Cow Ice Cream will both be offering free ice cream cones for children ages 12 and under on Wednesday, April 10.

  • Bunny Watch Hopping With Excitement

    A bouncy house was set up, tickets were ready, and a number of “bunnies” were starting to arrive by 10 am on Friday, March 29, for the first day of this year’s Bunny Watch, near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus. The Bunny Watch...

  • Sandy Hook Fire Victims Inspire An Outpouring Of Support

    On Friday afternoon Audra and Hans Barth and their three children were sorting through donations of clothes with friends and neighbors outside the shell of what used to be their cozy little home on Berkshire Road.That structure was destroyed in a stubborn fire March 27. But according to Hans Barth, the fire was comparatively insignificant in relation to the events of 12/14, when their two older children were among the students locked down in, and eventually evacuated from, Sandy Hook School.

  • Protesters Square Off On Gun Policy At NSSF Protest

    People waving handmade signs with conflicting messages Thursday, March 28, demanding “Action now,” “Fewer bullets, fewer burials,” and “Safer gun laws,” while others read, “I’m a responsible gun owner,” or “NRA, stand and fight.” Those among the roughly 100 protesters gathered at rush hour on the curb outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) at the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street were either supporting their rights regarding firearms, or lobbying for changes in legislation for stricter gun laws.