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  • Newtown Foundation Slates Breakfast Fundraiser

    The Newtown Foundation invites residents from Newtown and beyond to a breakfast fundraiser, Saturday, September 12, from 9 to 11 am, at Rock Ridge Country Club, 214 Sugar Street in Newtown. The event will raise funds for the 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.

  • NVAC To Offer EMT Course

    Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVAC) will host an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course this fall.

    Students must be at least age 16 by the completion of the course. Classes will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings,  September 15 through December 22, from 6 to 10 pm, plus two Saturdays per month, for a total of approximately 170 hours.

    The course will be held at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Headquarters, 6 Washington Square in the Fairfield Hills complex.

  • School Board Approves Lunch Program Increase

    The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18.

    Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government.

  • Police Commission Plans ‘Open Dialogue’ With Public

    The Police Commission chairman has recommended that the five-member elective agency hold special meetings three or four times a year whose sole purpose would be to improve communications between the public and the commission.

    Chairman Paul Mangiafico earlier this month told commission members that such meetings would provide the public with an open forum where they could raise issues of concern.

    Commission members Andrew Sachs and Joel Faxon endorsed the idea.

  • Police Reports, August 11 - 19, 2015

    Evading Responsibility

    Police report a two-vehicle accident in which the driver who caused the crash on Botsford Hill Road fled the scene at about 3:42 pm on August 12.

  • Dylan’s Wings Of Change To Launch ‘Wingman’ Program Pilots

    After the tragic death of their 6-year-old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook School shooting, Nicole and Ian Hockley established Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan that is committed to helping children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential.

  • Town Meeting Approves Funds To Demolish Canaan House

    A years-long wish has come true for officials hoping to raze old buildings at Fairfield Hills. Residents at a town meeting Monday, August 17, approved $5 million in funding, an estimated $4.3 to $4.5 million of which will be used to remediate and raze Canaan House. Predemo work should start in the fall.

    Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said there is no specific plan for the area where the Canaan House now stands, “although parking and making space for the community center seems like it is where it’s headed.”

  • P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    An elevation drawing of two of the smaller apartment buildings at The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village shows architectural detailing for the structures that will be part of the planned 65-unit condominium complex.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision

    The Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) during its meeting Tuesday, August 18, and discussed looking at a  proposed Hawley Elementary School heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) project further.

  • Gun Safety Advocates File State Ethics Watchdog Complaint Against NRA

    HARTFORD — The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) national political action committee (PAC) appears to have illegally funded Connecticut political spending, according to a complaint filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by Connecticut citizens and gun safety advocates on August 19. The complaint charges that the NRA’s federal PAC likely funneled improper campaign contributions to state politicians, and appears to have secretly given their state affiliate as much as $20,000, in violation of Connecticut state law.