An organization composed of Medal of Honor recipients traveled to Newtown on December 23 to honor the six educators killed on 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society said it chose Rachel D’Avino,Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto to receive its Citizen Honors Medal, the highest award it gives to a civilian, after receiving dozens of nominations for their actions during the shooting. The organization also planned to honor every other member of the school’s staff with a Certificate of Commendation.
An exhaustive body of reporting by the Connecticut State Police (CSP) resulting from investigations following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, was released by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) shortly after 3 pm December 27. The collection of data includes approximately 7,000 pages of written reports, as well as photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings. Tens of thousands of hours were spent by investigators from across the country, tracking down leads, processing evidence, and "doing everything within their collective ability to provide answers for the questions that remained in the wake of the terror of that morning," DESPP Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford wrote in a letter that accompanied the reports.
Toyota vs Chevy Police report a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Queen Street and Church Hill Road about 9:15 am on December 16. The accident involved motorist Michael Stoltz, 42, of 23 Cha...
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, December 19: 10:57 am, fluid spill, near 107 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook and Botsford responded; ...
Connecticut State Police (CSP) have released their holiday enforcement figures for December 23-26. Connecticut State Troopers supplemented the normal patrol force with additional State Troopers over the Christmas Holiday weekend. Troopers patrolled all roads and highways across Connecticut and focused on drunk driving violations and targeted aggressive drivers. Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols were in place over the entire weekend. State Police will continue this preventive enforcement effort until the end of the holiday season.
Preserved as open space, the High Meadow in Fairfield Hills will also be protected by a management plan, which the Conservation Commission members are finalizing, according to commission Chairman Mary Gaudet-Wilson. “Meadows habitat is what we have the least of in Connecticut and it’s valuable for certain species and biodiversity,” she said. The plan being drafted, which must then be approved by other town officials, will be based on a habitat management plan already written for both the High and West Meadows at Fairfield Hills.
The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Hawley Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson during its meeting on Monday, December 23. Ms Peters-Edmondson also sent a letter home to Hawley families the previous week to announce her decision. “She really began the discussion last year,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed told the school board. “She met with you, I think, in executive session. She met with [then Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson], and rather than leave us trying to be looking for a new principal at this time of year, which is not good … she has built into her plans that she will stay on as acting principal for the remainder of the school year.” Formally, Dr Reed said Ms Peters-Edmondson will be retired as of the end of December, but she will still be in place until the end of the school year. Accepting Ms Peters-Edmondson’s retirement passed the school board unanimously, and multiple members thanked her for staying for the remaining...
Following 12/14, when people worldwide offered solace to the community in the forms of stuffed animals, comfort pillows, and quilts, Newtown was left with a surplus of lovingly donated items. In March 2013, America Responds With Love, Inc, a national nonprofit organization, offered its assistance to help the Town of Newtown. In particular, America Responds With Love offered to help find homes for products donated, but that were not needed within Newtown or neighboring communities. Richard McDonough, president and CEO of the organization, recently provided The Newtown Bee with an update, summarizing how the thousands of items have been distributed to date.
It is our tradition for our Christmas week edition to publish a seasonal illustration on our cover.
This year’s illustration is once again by local artist Kim Proctor. It depicts an old lamplighter plying his trade in the new streetscape of Sandy Hook Center, which in this rendering includes the new village Christmas tree at the corner of Washington Avenue and Riverside Road.
Ms Proctor explained that this year’s illustration is “dedicated with great admiration to Pat Llodra for her compassionate leadership.”
With winter weather settling in, State Sen John McKinney (R-28), State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), DebraLee Hovey (R-112), and Dan Carter (R-2), along with Newtown’s Social Services Department, are holding a food drive in the month of January to benefit Newtown families in need. Boxes for food donations will be set up at Newtown Municipal Center, Edmond Town Hall, C.H. Booth Library. Financial donations may also be made, and should be done directly at the Newtown Social Services office, at 3 Main Street.