• 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. A growing number of residents are taking an online survey that will remain available until midnight October 10.

  • Community Invited To Trauma Stewardship Workshop

    Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team 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. The free event will be October 16 at the Knights of Columbus Building at St Rose Church.

  • 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. Bushmaster argued that a federal law granting broad immunity to the gun industry provided a basis to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case against Riverview Sales, the store that sold the Bushmaster assault rifle.

  • Absentee Ballots Available October 2

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead advises Newtown voters that absentee ballots are available Friday, October 2, for the Municipal Election to be held in Newtown on Tuesday, November 3. 

  • Police Reports, September 13-30, 2015

  • SOS Campaign Conducts Informational Meeting

    Following the SOS (Support Our Schools) meeting on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, campaign Co-Founder Kristen Bonacci said the event was an informational meeting and forum for the community to hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved. “It was also to help people know that SOS is no longer just about Hawley,” said Ms Bonacci. “It is about the entire town and being involved in the upcoming budget.”

  • Fairfield Hills Authority Declines Lease With Psychiatric Facility

    Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility. In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.

  • Local Republicans Tout All Volunteers Coming Forward To Serve

    In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service. “Finding people willing to serve is not an easy task,” the paper points out. “Often times, serving the town means many hours spent away from family and friends with no compensation other than the satisfaction of trying to make Newtown a better place.”

  • Drug Trafficking Trial For Santucci, Chickos Postponed

    HARTFORD — Jury selection in the federal drug trafficking trial of a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency communications dispatcher has been postponed from October 13 to January 12. Thomas Carson, spokesman for the US Attorney for Connecticut, said September 30 that on September 23 the defendants in the case attended a court conference to discuss the status of their cases. Among the 11 defendants are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests by federal authorities in late April. Federal officials allege that Mr Santucci headed the drug ring.

  • Stories Elicit Laughter, Tears From Friends Gathered At Wasserman Celebration

    As friends, colleagues, and admirers gathered for a celebration of her life at Fairfield Hills Saturday September 26, one could easily imagine Julia Wasserman somewhere beyond the wispy clouds that dotted the afternoon sky, head cocked earthward, listening to the hundreds of stories unfolding about the indomitable former state representative who did so much for — and meant so much to — the community she called home. While only a half dozen of those in attendance made their way to the microphone, offering personal glimpses into the wiles and wit of Mrs Wasserman, those stories evoked a mixture of laughter, tears, and glowing admiration for this small but powerfully determined woman who began a life full of adventure escaping the Nazi regime in Germany as a teenaged girl.