Members of Newtown Clergy Association have announced plans for the town’s faith communities to offer services and support for residents in upcoming weeks, as the first anniversary of 12/14 approaches. The town's faith communities are diverse in faith and practice, but are united in common compassion and a commitment to minister faithfully to all residents. “Because any single event on the Anniversary of December 14th would create challenges on multiple levels, we have decided that it would be best to offer a variety of opportunities for our beloved Newtown community to come together: to remember and honor those we have lost, to support all who are grieving, and to steady one another on our journey together. We pray that one or some may provide a way for many of you to come together for comfort, support and encouragement," the group announced on December 4.
The Newtown school system has been informed by the Connecticut State Department of Education that Newtown High School is one of the 15 high schools in the state to achieve the highest classification of Excelling based upon the results of the state Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) test, as announced in a press release on Thursday, December 5. “The very significant scores achieved by tenth graders at Newtown High School in the CAPT exam administered last spring are a tribute to the dedication of the teachers in the lower grades who have contributed to student learning and the very strong job the high school has done with its instructional program,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed said...
It was an odd image, seeing Jeff Capeci seated at an audience microphone during the public comments portion of Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting.But as he was briefly honored by newly elected council Chair Mary Ann Jacob for his years of elected service, the former chairman had nothing but congratulations to offer. "I encourage you to ask the right questions and make the right choices," Mr Capeci said to the slate of officials, including newcomer Anthony Filiato.In recognizing Mr Capeci, Ms Jacob said she admired his fair and balanced decision making, and that she had learned much watching his leadership style. First Selectman Pat Llodra recalled her early days on the council in 2005, when she sat next to Mr Capeci, another newcomer to a council with only two incumbents. [read more]
Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com.The 20-minute session December 3 included First Selectman Pat Llodra, along with Cody Foss of Newtown Youth Academy (NYA), Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, and Newtown Congregational Church Senior Minister Matthew Crebbin, who also leads the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association.Each official discussed what they plan to be doing on Saturday, December 14...
Newtown will host three tree lighting events this weekend. The 29th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting will be Friday, December 6; Sandy Hook Village will host its 12th Annual event on Saturday night; and the Fourth Annual Hawleyville Tree Lighting will wrap up the weekend in Hawleyville. Entertainment will precede each of the events, which continue traditions in three areas of town. The Ram Pasture tree lighting will feature a performance by a new invited guest on Friday, the tree lighting in Sandy Hook will inaugurate a Norway spruce that was planted in May, and the Hawleyville event will again feature Santa arriving via fire truck.
Recordings of the Emergency 911 telephone calls received by Newtown police from people at Sandy Hook School on the morning of December 14, 2012, reflect tension and fear in the callers’ voices as they urged police to rapidly respond to 12 Dickinson Drive to help them during Adam Lanza’s attack on the school.
The town released the 911 recordings on Wednesday after blocking their disclosure for nearly one year due to privacy concerns.
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