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  • Insurance Department Seeking Comments On Mental Health Parity

    For those who have something to say about how mental health parity laws are being followed, here’s your chance: The Connecticut Insurance Department is soliciting written comments on how it can ensure that insurance companies comply with state and federal laws requiring that they treat mental health the same way they treat medical issues. The move is required by the law passed earlier this year in response to the events of 12/14. The legislation drew most attention for its provisions relating to firearms, but it also included several provisions related to mental health. The department has launched a website to accept electronic comments. People can also send comments by mail, hand deliver them or send them by courier. Comments will be accepted until October 15.

  • State Agency: Logo Misused In Newtown School Move

    (AP) A state agency has told a Bridgeport business owner who coordinated the relocation of equipment from the Sandy Hook school where 26 people were fatally shot that it misused its logo and asked him to stop. The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that Al Barbarotta of Conveo Energy was approached by the Malloy administration in December to coordinate relocating school equipment from Sandy Hook Elementary School free of charge. A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told The Associated Press on September 13 that a lawyer for the state told Mr Barbarotta the agency’s logo may not be used for sales or marketing.

  • Newtown Parents Make Appeals To Mass. Lawmakers

    Lawmakers studying dozens of changes proposed to Massachusetts’ gun laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., said they hoped to craft a single comprehensive bill that balanced the desire to reduce gun violence with the rights of legitimate gun owners. The Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held the fifth and final in a series of statewide public hearings Friday, September 13, drawing hundreds of people to the Statehouse. Among those who testified before the committee on Friday were Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden of Sandy Hook.

  • The Hubbard Foundation: Turning A Sanctuary Dream Into Reality

    In early 2013, the family of Catherine Violet Hubbard met with The Animal Center of Newtown to discuss the legacy of their daughter, a first grader lost 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. The family had asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Animal Center to honor Catherine’s love of animals, and the first seeds were planted to create The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. Today, nearly $500,000 has been raised to initiate the project, architectural designs have begun, and The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation has been created to fund and sustain the sanctuary.

  • Health, Prevention Officials Warn Parents After Recent Deaths From ‘Molly’

    School District and local Prevention Council representatives have teamed up to warn parents about a high-powered type of Ecstasy that has contributed to the deaths of four individuals in New York, Boston, and in Washington, D.C., since the beginning of September. Martha Shilstone, Newtown student assistant counselor, and Judy Blanchard, co-chair of the Newtown Prevention Council and district health coordinator for Newtown Public Schools say that parents may not be aware their children are consuming the drug, because they are acquiring and using it when they are attending concerts formerly known as “raves.”

  • Fire Reports, September 5 - 11, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, September 5: 9:24 am, motor vehicle accident, Main Street at Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder ...

  • Draft Town Plan Looks Toward Newtown In 2024

    As Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members put some finishing touches on their ongoing decennial update of the 2004 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, they note in the draft text of the 2014 town plan that the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has left the town a changed place whose future will be affected by the tragedy. A draft text of the 2014 town plan will be reviewed by town agencies in the coming weeks before the P&Z takes final action of the long-range planning document late this year. The 2014 town plan addresses the period extending to 2024.

  • Library Board And New Director Taken To Task

    The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library and new Library Director Shawn Fields were criticized repeatedly during the public participation portion of the monthly library board meeting Tuesday, September 1,.Noting that extensive regular board business required limiting the public participation period to one half-hour, a time that proved adequate, Board President Martha Robilotti first recognized Dr Anne Rothstein, a 37-year resident of Newtown who said that she has always made use of the library, appreciates the assistance of the staff, and has always been “a loyal supporter of the Friends of the Library,” as well as having utilized the reference department for study and writing.Dr Rothstein said that in her 50 years at Lehman College in the Bronx as department chair, associate dean...

  • Police News September 4 - 9, 2013

    Overturned Vehicle Police and emergency crews responded to the area of 74 The Boulevard at 11:45 pm September 7 after reports of a vehicle crash. Upon arrival they discovered an overturned 2008 Hyundai Tiberon SUV that was b...

  • DigDeep Planning 2013 Walk 4 Water, Fundraising Underway

    Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases. On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.