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  • Thumbs Up: It’s Carnival Time!

    Sam Irving gives a thumbs up from the seat of a race car ride on the opening night of the St Rose Parish Carnival, Tuesday, June 25.

    The annual event will continue on the parish grounds until Saturday, June 29, running nightly from 6 to 10:30 pm. The carnival features rides and games by Stewart Amusement, as well as a kiddie tent with face painting and crafts, and nightly entertainment.

  • Fondly Remembered, Former Police Dog Baro Dies

    Baro, the town police department’s German shepherd, who was retired from service recently due to health problems, died on Tuesday, June 25, while under medical care at Newtown Veterinary Specialists, police said. According to a statement released by the Town of Newtown on June 26, Baro had “many officers at his side” when he died Tuesday afternoon.

  • 1214 Foundation Announces Formation, Charter, Leadership

    The 1214 Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Newtown has announced its official formation, charter and leadership. The foundation aims to build and operate a performing arts center in Newtown in remembrance of those lost in the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School with a focus “on improving the lives of our children and future generations,” according to information the group released June 25.

  • 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.

  • Park Tour Will Explore Restoration Proposal

    A pond along the southern side of Deep Brook Road, opposite the skate park at Dickinson Park, flows beneath the road and feeds the tributary flowing across an open field. Resident and landscape architect Billie Cohen envisions boardwalks and viewing platforms bringing guests out over the water to experience wildlife there. 

  • ‘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.

  • 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.