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  • Police Reports, December 2-29, 2016

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
  • Fire Reports, December 23-29, 2015

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
  • Track Teams Compete In Ocean Breeze Invitational

    The Newtown Bee
    Sports
    December 31, 2015, Thursday

    Members of Newtown High School’s indoor track and field teams participated in the Ocean Breeze Invitational Holiday Festival in Staten Island, NY, on December 30. Several Nighthawks qualified for conference and state championship meets....Read Full Article

  • New Laws For The New Year

    Shannon Hicks
    Latest News
    December 31, 2015, Thursday

    As with any new year, several new laws, or portions of laws, go into effect in Connecticut, on January 1. Among those going into effect on Friday will be one provision of An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force (HB 7103): grants for body camera purchases. Newtown Police Department had an early stud...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: Celebrations And Service In Newtown’s Schools

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    Middle Gate Elementary School students Julia Wologodzeu, front second from left, Mary Guion, front center, and Ashley Jackson, front right, stood together before an aerial photo was taken in October in which the school's student and faculty population formed the words Be Kind and the shape of a heart.

    For Newtown’s students 2015 was a year filled with accomplishments and celebrations for the school district. Multiple dramatic and musical productions and seasonal concerts showed off burgeoning talents; roughly 450 students graduated from Newtown High School, one day after 400 students moved up f...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: Celebrations And Service In Newtown’s Schools

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    Bill Nye “The Science Guy“ spoke to Sandy Hook School Elementary School students in the school’s gymnasium on January 13, for a whole school assembly. 

    For Newtown’s students 2015 was a year filled with accomplishments and celebrations for the school district. Multiple dramatic and musical productions and seasonal concerts showed off burgeoning talents; roughly 450 students graduated from Newtown High School, one day after 400 students moved up f...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: School Building Projects Underway In 2015

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    Following a Facility and Enrollment Study Committee’s report presentation by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, to the Board of Education in June, Hawley Elementary School became the subject of meetings in town after the historic school and Newtown Middle School were pegged in the report for possible closure. 

    Newtown’s public school buildings were the subject of many discussions at town board and commission meetings in 2015, with a new school building project underway, capital improvement plan discussions, and a report from a Facility and Enrollment Study Committee. As the year began bids for the con...Read Full Article

  • Ready For Newtown’s First Baby

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    The 2016 First Baby of Newtown will win for his or her family everything from baked goods and champagne to savings bonds, multiple dining opportunities, and even automotive services courtesy of local businesses. 

    The Newtown Bee proudly announces there will be another First Baby Contest in January. The winning parents will be the ones who send the earliest birthdate (and time, if necessary, to break a tie) to The Newtown Bee by noon Tuesday, January 5. Parents must be Newtown residents, and will need to subm...Read Full Article

  • Town Taxes Now Payable Online, Over The Phone

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    To ease the burden of having to physically appear at the Tax Collector’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center, alternative online and telephone payment methods have been created for residents and property owners owing taxes. 

    Residents and property owners know that when January and July come around each year it is time to face the obligation of paying local taxes. To ease the burden of having to physically appear at the Tax Collector’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center, alternative online and telephone payment methods...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: Increased Development, Revised Charter, Embraced Budgets, Election Year Changes Marked 2015

    John Voket
    Latest News
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    Five of Newtown’s top elected officials gathered at the home of Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze on April 15 to film a series of videos addressing key questions ahead of the 2015-16 budget referendum, which passed by a large margin 13 days later. Mr Kortze, far left, was joined by Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Board of Education Chairman Keith Alexander. 

    Whether it was welcoming a newly elected crop of local officials, determining the fate of several well-worn town facilities, rewriting the local charter, embracing (or rejecting) economic development initiatives, mulling the scope and preferred site for a 12/14 memorial, or passing a local budget wi...Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    The Airphibian, a two-seat auto resembling the front half of a small plane, was invented in 1945 by Robert E. Fulton, Jr, of Newtown. When a back section of fuselage with fabric wings and a propeller were attached, the vehicle was an FAA-certified plane. Without the accessories, it was a car, capable of going up to 60 miles per hour. Mr Fulton held 70 patents. —from Images of America: Newtown 1900-1960, by Dan Cruson

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago....Read Full Article

  • Snapshot: Myriam Woods

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    Myriam Woods is this week's Snapshot profile.

    A weekly profile of a local person....Read Full Article

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    December 31, 2015, Thursday
    A bear tears into a suet feeder on Alpine Circle.

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view....Read Full Article

  • Boys’ Cagers Get First Win And Hockey Team Earns Fourth Triumph

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday
    Sam Grossano dribbles the ball during Newtown's 41-39 win over visiting Staples of Westport, on December 30.

    Newtown High’s boys’ basketball team defeated visiting Staples of Westport 41-39 in the December 30 consolation game of the Wounded Warrior Project Tournament. Also on December 30, the Newtown hockey team skated to a 4-1 win over Joel Barlow of Redding, at Danbury Ice Arena. After suffering a pa...Read Full Article

  • Anonymous Gift Shows ‘Love Is Greater’

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday

    We are a family in Sandy Hook. You may or may not have met Daniel. He just turned 18 years old. Daniel was born with a rare brain deformity. In the early years, when I had to leave my career, and my children were small, we had a seemingly endless support structure. As years progressed, support has...Read Full Article

  • Paula Renee Wilk

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday

    Paula Renee Wilk, a Danbury resident for the past 15 years and formerly of Nyack, N.Y., died December 28, in Masonicare at Newtown. She was born in Garfield, N.J., the daughter of Helen (Boyko) and Paul Wilk. ...Read Full Article

  • Danbury Man Awarded $170,000 For Wrongful Imprisonment Following 2001 Incident At Booth Library

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday

    A former Newtown resident who was wrongly imprisoned on sex crime convictions stemming from a 2001 incident at C.H. Booth Library has received a $170,000 award from the state to compensate him. In a December 21 legal decision on the wrongful incarceration of Michael Seri, State Claims Commissioner J...Read Full Article

  • Falbo MVP As Newtown Grapplers Place Second In Lowell Tourney

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday
    Justin Bogdanoff tangles with an opponent during early-season action. Bogdanoff, a freshman, earned a major decision victory in his 113-pound weight division battle against Simsbury. The Nighthawks won the match and went on the place second in the Lowell Holiday Tournament.

    Newtown High School’s wrestling team, led by 182-pound weight class champion Anthony Falbo, finished second among 69 teams in the Lowell Holiday Tournament, in Lowell, Mass, on December 28 and 29. Chelmsford was first with 211.5 points; Newtown was runner-up with 181 to narrowly edge third-place T...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: Drug Arrests Top Police News Of 2015

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday
    A aerial view of the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 in Sandy Hook. The state Department of Transportation is planning for physical changes at Exit 11 and nearby roads to alleviate chronic traffic congestion there with the goal of reducing traffic accidents in the area. 

    In late April 2015, a town police department sergeant and a civilian dispatcher at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center, which dispatches police, fire, and ambulance calls, were arrested on federal felony drug trafficking charges, involving the manufacture and distribution of anabolic steroid...Read Full Article

  • Year In Review: Drug Arrests Top Police News Of 2015

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    December 30, 2015, Wednesday
    Mark Rebong, 28, of Newtown was murdered in January 2000 in Danbury while on his way to work at the Hilton Hotel, where he was the night manager. In October, a federal grand jury indicted a Danbury man in the Rebong murder.  

    In late April 2015, a town police department sergeant and a civilian dispatcher at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center, which dispatches police, fire, and ambulance calls, were arrested on federal felony drug trafficking charges, involving the manufacture and distribution of anabolic steroid...Read Full Article