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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.

  • 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.

  • Selectmen Pick Architect, Manager For School Project

    Following a closed session discussion September 3, the Board of Selectmen announced that Svigals + Partners has been chosen as the architect/engineers for the Sandy Hook School project, along with Consigli Construction Company to manage the construction. In addition, selectmen announced that both BL and Turner will be involved in the project, continuing work they have performed for the Newtown community over these past months. BL will perform the civil engineering role and Turner will serve as the owner adviser for construction services.

  • Legislative Council Unanimously Approves Firearms Ordinance

    Closing out a process that began months before the 12/14 tragedy, the Legislative Council on September 4 unanimously approved a local firearms ordinance. The vote came after some brief discussion that included two amendments to correct some minor language points and to exempt active or honorably discharged military personnel from the requirement to have safety training as defined in that section of the document. “Obviously, we can presume [members of the military] have training in the use of firearms,” said council Vice Chair and Ordinance Committee Chair Mary Ann Jacob following the meeting.

  • 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...