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  • School Superintendent Search Continues

    Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche said, during the board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, the district’s search for a permanent superintendent of school is going well.

  • NHS To Seek Variance For Electric Entrance Sign

    The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.

  • DC Shutdown Affects School District

    While Newtown is not feeling any major impacts from the federal government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski described one small effect it has had on the district.

  • School Board Approves 2014-15 Budget Calendar

    The Board of Education approved its budget development calendar for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its meeting on Tuesday, October 1.

    According to the draft of the budget calendar, Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed will present the proposed budget to the school board for analysis during a meeting scheduled for January 21. The school board will deliberate and vote for its budget by a scheduled February 6 meeting, before the budget is sent before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council before going out to referendum on April 22.

  • Testimony Continues In Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – A half-sister of John Heath, who had worked with him as a commercial painter, testified in court on Tuesday, October 1, that she told him that she smelled “something that was dead” in the barn on his property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, at some point not long after Mr Heath had allegedly murdered his wife Elizabeth in April 1984, hiding her body in a drywell beneath the barn’s floor.

  • Library Board Of Trustees Must Balance Town And Private Support

    The C.H. Booth Library operates under an “interesting duality,” said Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in an e-mail to The Bee, last month.

  • Minor Fire Temporarily Closes Newtown General Store

    UPDATE (9:40 am): Health Department Director Donna Culbert has cleared Newtown General Store to reopen for business.

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    Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville firefighters were alerted about 7:07 am Monday of a fire at Newtown General Store at 43 Main Street.

    Initially reported as a structure fire, the incident was soon downgraded to an “appliance fire.”

  • Family Of Newtown Victim Talks Gun Control Politics, Misrepresentations

    BETHLEHEM (AP) — The Paradis and D’Avino family knows guns. They’ve owned them and enjoyed hunting and target shooting. Shooting was just part of life, like the time after Thanksgiving dinner in 2009 when a guest of husband and wife Peter Paradis and Mary D’Avino brought out an AR-15 rifle he had in the car.

    Together, with their children, the couple spent time shooting at a tree in their backyard on five acres off heavily wooded Route 61.

  • Parks Named After 9/11, 12/14 Victims Vandalized

    LONG ISLAND (AP) — A Long Island park named after the former commanding officer of the Port Authority Police Academy who died during the 9/11 attacks has been vandalized. Within 24 hours, police say, a second park, this one just built to honor one of the children killed on 12/14, was also vandalized.

    Nassau County Police say the damage to Kathy Mazza Memorial Park, in South Farmingdale, L.I., was discovered by officers during a routine patrol on Saturday, September 28.

  • Prolonged Federal Shutdown Could Damage Connecticut's Fragile Recovery

    As the federal government stood at the brink of a shutdown, state and business leaders were most wary Monday of a prolonged stoppage.

    Though many of the 9,000 federal employees residing in Connecticut could be furloughed shortly after the new fiscal year begins Tuesday, a potential lag in billions in federal dollars earmarked for the Nutmeg State poses the biggest threat to state government.