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  • Mental Health Needs Persist Two Years After School Shooting

    (AP) Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse... Two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist.

    “Here it is two years later, and it’s still hard to deal with. But God, you didn’t want to know me two years ago,” said Beth Hegarty, a Sandy Hook mother who happened to be inside the school that day with her three daughters, all of whom survived.

  • Governor Directing Flags To Half-Staff On Sunday

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Esty, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce $775,000 Federal Grant to Newtown

    WASHINGTON, DC – On December 12, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced a $775,914 grant from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to victims and their families, first responders, and members of the Newtown community in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Hawleyville Tree Lighting Chilly, Festive

    From festooned fire trucks and the “Mini Rockettes” from Dance Etc, to fresh-baked fire truck-shaped cookies and special guests Mr and Mrs Claus, the annual Hawleyville holiday tree lighting December 7 was packed with fun and festivities befitting the season.

    All the merchants at 23 Barnabas Road pitched in with refreshments, but Donna Ball’s (pictured with Hawleyville Captain Bill McAllister) custom-baked fire truck cookies seemed to be the big hit of the event.

  • P&Z Considers New Zone For ‘Affordable Housing’

    A group of Walnut Tree Hill Road residents is monitoring the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) efforts to create a new zoning designation for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.

    The group is paying close attention since one of the two local sites now being eyed by developers for such growth is land lying between Walnut Tree Hill Road and Interstate 84.

  • Proposed Tire Recycling Operation Would Be Narrower In Scope Than Originally Planned

    An industrial firm has told Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members that it plans to reduce the scope of its controversial proposal to create zoning regulations to allow the recycling of scrap tires.

    Moses Velez, president of MAAK Environmental Corporation, told the P&Z at a December 4 pubic hearing that the firm was withdrawing its pending application on proposed scrap tire recycling regulations and would submit a revised application which is narrower in scope.

  • Borough Approves Hook & Ladder Firehouse

    Following a 90-minute public hearing attended by about 50 people, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members on Wednesday, December 10, unanimously approved issuing a special zoning permit to Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, for the construction of a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site at 12 Church Hill Road.

  • Schools To Run On A Two Hour Delay Thursday

    The Newtown Public Schools will have a two hour delay, due to anticipated road conditions caused by the weather, on Thursday, December 11. 

  • Documents: Parents Of Some Sandy Hook Victims Intend To Sue

    HARTFORD — Court documents indicate that the parents of several of the children killed on 12/14 intend to file wrongful death lawsuits.

    Probate court records show that parents of 11 of the 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have created estates for their children, which would be required to file lawsuits on their behalf. The documents do not say who they intend to sue.

  • 227 CT Gun Deaths Later, Newtown Families Continue Their Campaign

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are giving fellow senators pins that show how many people in their state have been killed by guns since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago.

    The senators’ own pins bear the number 227.

    Mr Blumenthal said he and Mr Murphy are distributing the pins to pressure Congress to act on gun control.