• Town Attorney Says 'Bare Majority' Stipulation For BOE Race Excludes Two-Year Candidate

    Questions about the political makeup of the Board of Education in the coming two years have erupted into a controversy that could lead to local Democrats taking legal action according to the Democratic Registrar of Voters. Registrar LeReine Frampton believes that according to a 2008 Charter Revision, both Democratic Candidates for the school board November 5 must be awarded seats, no matter where they stand in their vote tally against three Republican candidates also running for what will be four-year terms. Ms Frampton coincidentally served on the Charter Revision Commission that recommended the subsequently adopted tenant restricting any one party from holding more than a "bare majority" of seats on the school board.

  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive. At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story. However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage. To get around that restriction, news organizations sent at least three helicopters to Newtown on Friday morning to photograph the demolition site from above. The aircraft must fly at least 500 feet above the terrain to meet Federal Aviation Administration rules.

  • Breaking Ground For A New Playground At Dickinson Park

    Gardening shovels stood ready. With half the playground at Dickinson Park razed behind them, and a sign displaying the future playscape nearby, a small gathering of officials and playground supporters held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground at ...

  • BOS Approve Grant To Repurpose FFH Duplex For Parent Connection

    "We're off and running!" That was the closing comment from First Selectman Pat Llodra after the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a $500,000 funding resolution, that upon final acceptance, will activate grant funding to re-purpose a vacant duplex at Fairfield Hills for the Newtown Parent Connection. Now in its 20th year of service, this grassroots organization works to educate and empower the community in its continuing efforts preventing substance abuse, while providing support and referrals to families who are either dealing with a substance abuse issue, or who have lost a loved one to drug or alcohol-related tragedy.

  • PBSC Gets Update On SHS Remediation, Demolition Plans

    Robert Mitchell, chairman of the Newtown Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), said his panel heard and discussed new information regarding the ongoing remediation and demolition plans for Sandy Hook School during a meeting held on October 22. Speaking after Tuesday night's meeting, Mr Mitchell said preliminary demolition was set to commence on Thursday, October 24. The work will progress along a planned course based on which areas of the vacant facility are already clear of hazardous materials, and which sections will be fully remediated by crews from Connecticut-based Bestech. That company is handling both the remediation and demolition based on a state recommendation...

  • Police Reports October 9 - 20, 2013

    DUI Incident Police said that at about 1:35 am on October 11, they received a report that an erratically driven vehicle may have been involved in an accident on Appleblossom Lane, so they went to that area to investigate. Ap...

  • Fire Reports October 18 - 24, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street list the following  fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, October 17: No calls listed. F...

  • Police Explorers Seeking To Expand Membership

    Newtown Police Explorer Post #823 is seeking to enlist new members. The post is an organization affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, which has as its members males and females from ages 13 through 21 who are interested in law enforcement, providing assistance for the Newtown Police Department.

  • Candidates Discuss Education At Bee Forum

    Glancing around the historic Edmond Town Hall lobby where voices echoed during a brief meet-and-greet Tuesday, October 22, incumbent Board of Education Secretary Kathryn Hamilton considered other prospective and incumbent candidates. “We’re all good; any combination of us would be good,” she observed .Before answering questions about fiscal responsibility, personal skills, managing a budget, or selecting the right school superintendent at a candidates’ forum hosted by The Newtown Bee, candidates spent about 30 minutes in the lobby talking with other town officials, family members and supporters, and constituents eager to hear their thoughts.Running unchallenged for an open two-year post on the school board is David Freedman, who was accompanied by his wife, Christene...

  • Veterans Invited To NHS For Luncheon & Assembly

    Newtown High School will once again host a Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 11. The event will begin with a luncheon at 11 am, followed by an assembly at noon. The event is to recognize and to thank men and women who have served or are presently s...