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  • Medical Examiner Describes Attack At Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY — The chief state medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the skeletal remains of Elizabeth Heath testified in court on October 2 that her injuries indicated she had attempted to defend herself from her attacker before she was beaten to death by blunt-force traumatic head blows.H. Wayne Carver, MD, who recently retired from his state post, testified in Danbury Superior Court as a prosecution witness in the murder trial of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater.

  • School Superintendent Search Continues

    Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche said, during the board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, the district’s search for a permanent superintendent of school is going well. She said consultants from CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) have been busy over the past month to put together focus groups with community stakeholders. Ms Roche said they have met with board members, the first selectman, senior citizens, clergy members, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members, central office staff, building administrators, and more than 100 staff from different schools...

  • NHS To Seek Variance For Electric Entrance Sign

    The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.“The installation of an electric sign is something we wanted to run by the Board of Ed before going to Planning and Zoning,” said NHS Principal Charles Dumais. “It requires a variance from Planning and Zoning. We wanted to know whether or not we had the board’s support in moving forward with this...

  • DC Shutdown Affects School District

    While Newtown is not feeling any major impacts from the federal government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski described one small effect it has had on the district. When Board of Education member William Hart asked Mr Bienkowski, during the school board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, whether the government shutdown will affect any of Newtown’s awarded grants, Mr Bienkowski said the representative working with the district to oversee the US Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant is not in the office anymore...

  • Testimony Continues In Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – A half-sister of John Heath, who had worked with him as a commercial painter, testified in court on Tuesday, October 1, that she told him that she smelled “something that was dead” in the barn on his property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, at some point not long after Mr Heath had allegedly murdered his wife Elizabeth in April, 1984, hiding her body in a drywell beneath the barn’s floor. Louann Chevalier testified in Danbury Superior Court on the second day of the murder trial that Mr Heath responded that maybe there was something dead in the barn, perhaps wildlife, such as a bat.

  • Library Board Of Trustees Must Balance Town And Private Support

    The C.H. Booth Library operates under an “interesting duality,” said Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in an e-mail to The Bee, last month. “It is housed in a municipal building, its employees are in our pension plan, we subsidize (in part) the library program with taxpayer money, and more — all indicators consistent with ‘public.’ However,” explained Mrs Llodra, “we do not supervise their employees, they are not part of our unions, the Library Board is responsible for maintaining the building, and the majority of the board are not appointed by the Selectmen.”

  • Minor Fire Temporarily Closes Newtown General Store

    UPDATE (9:40 am): Health Department Director Donna Culbert has cleared Newtown General Store to reopen for business. ***** Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville firefighters were alerted at 7:07 am Monday of a fire at Newtown General Store at 43 Main Street. Initially reported as a structure fire, the incident was soon downgraded to an “appliance fire.” Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said that a gas-fired cooking range had ignited while in use. There were no injuries. Damage was minimal. Health Department Director Donna Culbert was planning to be at the store by 10 am, she told The Bee Monday morning. She hoped to be able to clear the business to reopen “in time for lunch traffic,” she said.

  • Family Of Newtown Victim Talks Gun Control Politics, Misrepresentations

    BETHLEHEM (AP) — The Paradis and D’Avino family knows guns. They’ve owned them and enjoyed hunting and target shooting. Shooting was just part of life, like the time after Thanksgiving dinner in 2009 when a guest of husband and wife Peter Paradis and Mary D’Avino brought out an AR-15 rifle he had in the car. Together, with their children, the couple spent time shooting at a tree in their backyard on five acres off heavily wooded Route 61. Paradis and his stepdaughter, Hannah D’Avino, recalled that holiday afternoon recently. They sat their kitchen table and reminisced about Hannah’s sister, Rachel D’Avino. Rachel’s murder has not marred her family’s memory of that holiday afternoon. For a family of marksmen, it also has not changed their views about guns.

  • Parks Named After 9/11, 12/14 Victims Vandalized

    A Long Island park named after the former commanding officer of the Port Authority Police Academy who died during the 9/11 attacks has been vandalized. Within 24 hours, police say, a second park, this one just built to honor one of the children killed on 12/14, was also vandalized. Nassau County Police say the damage to Kathy Mazza Memorial Park, in South Farmingdale, L.I., included flowers being torn from the ground and thrown around the memorial, branches from surrounding trees were ripped off, and bricks from a wall around the memorial were removed. In Island Park, approximately 14 miles southwest of South Farmingdale, police say a bell dedicated to Caroline Previdi, one of the children who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, vanished just hours after it was placed at a newly built playground. The park was the latest built and dedicated as part of the ongoing "Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play," being spearheaded by The New Jersey Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association.

  • Prolonged Federal Shutdown Could Damage Connecticut's Fragile Recovery

    As the federal government stood at the brink of a shutdown, state and business leaders were most wary Monday of a prolonged stoppage. Though many of the 9,000 federal employees residing in Connecticut could be furloughed shortly after the new fiscal year begins Tuesday, a potential lag in billions in federal dollars earmarked for the Nutmeg State poses the biggest threat to state government. And should a shutdown linger for several weeks, or more than a month, both furloughs and a bottleneck in federal aid could undo much of Connecticut’s already sluggish recovery from the last recession.