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  • State Voting Changes Go To Referendum In 2014

    The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday night to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November 2014 that could open the door to early voting in Connecticut in time for the 2016 presidential election.

    If approved by voters, the General Assembly would have the flexibility to consider a number of election changes that are now precluded by Connecticut’s unusual constitutional restrictions on the use of absentee ballots.

  • Acting Superintendent Reed Addressing Myriad Issues During Transition

    Around 3:30 pm on May 6, John Reed’s first day on the job as acting school superintendent, he sat back in his chair, peeled a banana and took a bite, chuckling over a question about whether the snack represented breakfast.

    But in two separate conversations with The Bee this week, it became evidently clear that Dr Reed is prioritizing a lot of things above and beyond missing an occasional meal.

  • Forest Association To Discuss Replacement Of Sandy Hook Christmas Tree

    The future of Sandy Hook’s iconic Christmas tree will be the topic of discussion Thursday evening, May 9, as the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) board members determine an appropriate time to take it down, said NFA President Bob Eckenrode.

  • Police Reports | April 29-May 6, 2013

    DUI Case

    Police report that they responded about 4:16 am on May 6 to an incident that occurred on South Main Street, near Prospect Drive.

    Police said motorist Brendan Brooks, 23, of 71 Main Street was driving an unspecified vehicle that struck a utility pole, after which he allegedly left the scene.

  • Fire Reports | May 2-9, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, May 2: 5:15 pm, alarm, 3 Nunnawauk Road, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded.

  • Police Applications Opened To General Public; June 1 Written Test Planned

    Although voters have yet to approve a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, the police department is proceeding with plans to hire additional officers in light of public requests for added police staffing to beef up security at local schools.

    That public push for more police officers comes in the wake of the 12/14 mass murder incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • School Board Advised Of Accidental Leak Of Confidential Records

    The Board of Education was notified at its May 7 meeting that a letter was recently sent home to roughly 800 parents to advise them that their student’s information was accidentally shared with a single parent in September.

  • School District Implements Budget Freeze

    The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.

    With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.

  • Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Is May 11

    Continuing the tradition begun by his father, Bil, “Family Circus” cartoonist Jeff Keane has provided special promotional food drive artwork for 2013, once again featuring the familiar characters of Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J. helping to carry a sack of food out to the mailbox by the curb.

  • Gun Control Advocates Urged To Persist In Their Efforts

    US Senator Richard Blumenthal this week told Newtown Action Alliance members that although recent proposed federal legislation to expand criminal background checks for gun purchasers failed to win approval, the matter will return to the Senate for another vote.

    “We’re not done,” Sen Blumenthal said of the drive for better gun control through federal legislation.