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  • Friends Of Counted Embroidery June Meeting Cancelled

    Tomorrow’s meeting and program of the Friends of Counted Embroidery Laurel chapter has been cancelled.

    A luncheon that was to have taken place during the Thursday, June 13 gathering will instead take place in September, when the group resumes its meetings. FCE-Laurel chapter will now be on its summer break.

  • Newtown Sergeant, Redding Chief Honored At DC Gala

    Two police officers who made emergency responses to the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were among the first responders who were honored on June 2 in Washington, D.C., at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala.

    At the event on stage, Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Broadway actor and singer, read a statement concerning Newtown Police Sergeant David Kullgren’s participation in the police response to the incident.

  • Sen Murphy Donning Newtown Uniform For Congressional Baseball Game

    Short of the Nationals capturing a World Series berth, one of the most anticipated baseball battles in Washington, DC happens every year between the US Congressional Democrats and Republicans. And for the past five years, Connecticut’s Chris Murphy has been the man behind the plate for the Democrats.

  • Open House Days To Honor Janet Woycik

    After more than three decades of service to the town, Janet Woycik, director of the C.H. Booth Library, retires effective June 30.

    The public is invited to a  drop-in open house Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 through June 26, to extend good wishes to Ms Woycik, anytime during daytime library hours (9:30 am to 5 pm).

  • Esty Amendment Seeks To Spur Donations For New Sandy Hook School

    This story was updated since its original posting to include a Senate amendment being offered by Sen Chris Murphy.

    WASHINGTON, DC – On June 11, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, HR 1960. The amendment would provide incentives to defense contractors to make donations to the rebuilding of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Newtown Families Return To Capitol Hill Six Months After Tragedy

    Washington- Having brushed aside efforts to strengthen the nation’s gun laws, Congress has turned its attention toward other issues, including immigration reform and alleged abuses by the IRS and National Security Administration.

    But for the families affected by the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their neighbors, there is no moving on.

  • Day Of Remembrance To Mark Six-Month Anniversary Of 12/14

    Family members of those killed 12/14, along with elected officials, faith leaders, and other community members, will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action on Friday, June 14. They will gather at Edmond Town Hall to read the names of victims of gun violence and urge their representatives in Congress to support legislation that would require comprehensive background checks.

  • Flag With Messages Of Support Delivered From The Front Lines Of Afghanistan

    Sgt Laurence F. Bennett was fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan when his unit learned about the tragic school shootings that happened in Newtown, so he obtained a Connecticut flag that was flying over his base and began gathering signatures. A few days before the end of his duty, as he prepared to fly home and begin his retirement, he shipped the flag to Newtown.

  • Children Leave Schools After 'Modified Lockdown'; Phone Call Threat Received

    The office of the Superintendent of Schools confirmed Monday that Newtown schools were placed in "modified lockdown" in the afternoon. They did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

    At 2:05 pm a phone call was received at Hawley School issuing an "unspecified" threat, according to the superintendent's office. By 3 pm, school buses were authorized to take children home even though Superintendent of Schools had not formally lifted the modified lockdown order.

  • Police Probe Threat Of Violence Against Hawley School Occupants

    Newtown Police Detective Joe Joudy stands next to a Newtown Police cruiser parked outside Hawley School on Monday afternoon. A male caller made an unspecifed threat against the school and its occupants, which put all of Newtown’s schools into a temporary modified lockdown.