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  • Health, Emergency Officials Implore Newtowners: Try To Stay Cool

    Less than a week into summer, Newtown has entered its first heat wave of 2013.

    There is a cooling trend in site by week’s end, but for today and tomorrow First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown’s Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and the Newtown Health District are working to prevent local citizens from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures.

  • WCSU To Make First Scholarship Award In Honor Of 12/14 Victim This Fall

    DANBURY — In memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Western Connecticut State University will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall and continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university.

    Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. She is also survived by a brother, 9-year-old Isaiah.

  • ‘Calm And Professional’ Dispatchers Honored

    Receiving a NENA Presidential Award recognizing the efforts of the staff at Newtown Emergency Communications Center was “a complete surprise,” said Maureen Will. Ms Will, on the right, received the award last week from NENA Executive Board President Barbara Jaeger.

  • Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Collection Reminder

    Residents of Newtown and anyone in the vicinity are reminded that Sandy Hook native John DiCostanzo, and a few friends, will be returning to Oklahoma for the second time since the fatal EF5 tornado of May 20. He and three friends drove to Oklahoma less than a week after that weather event, bringing two large SUVs and two 20-foot trailers filled with supplies to help those in the affected areas.

  • Task Force 'Tech Team' Reveals Details Of School Site Selection

    Long before a task force of 28 elected officials unanimously decided to raze and rebuild Sandy Hook School roughly on the site of the existing facility, a “tech team” consisting of town officials and volunteer professionals fanned out across Newtown reviewing 40 possible sites under consideration for the new school.

  • New Emergency Medical Service Center Could Soon Break Ground

    A six-bay, 14,500-square foot ambulance garage is a step closer to construction at Fairfield Hills. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association Inc. (NVA) Board of Trustees on June 12 voted unanimously to move forward with an estimated $4.5 million new emergency medical service facility on the corner of Wasserman Way and Mile Hill South across from Reed Intermediate School.

  • 12/14 Death Certificates Released

    Following a lengthy legal battle, the town has provided copies of death certificates for the 28 people who died during the violent incidents of last December 14 in Sandy Hook.

    On June 18, applicants representing news organizations including The Hartford Courant and CNBC  received certified copies of the death certificates at the town clerk’s office.

  • Biden Says White House Won’t Quit On Gun Control

    WASHINGTON – Gun control remains stalemated in Congress, but Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s optimistic a bill that would expand background checks of gun buyers will become law.

    “The president and I – our team – have not given up,” Biden said during an event at the White House.

    The Senate in April was four votes short on a bill that would expand FBI background checks, and there’s been no movement on the gun control issue since.

  • School Board Approves 2013-14 Budget With Full-Day K

    The Board of Education unanimously approved its 2013-14 budget Tuesday, June 18, with adjustments recommended by Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to allow the implementation of full-day kindergarten.