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  • 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.

  • NEA Grant Will Allow NCAC To Hire Executive Director For HealingNewtown Project

    First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. Mrs Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.”

    On Tuesday, June 18, Mrs Llodra was joined by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty in formally announcing the award.

  • Residents Needed To Fill Committee Vacancies

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified or interested residents to consider filling several vacant posts on municipal boards or commissions. There are appointed, not elected, positions.

    There are openings on the following panels:

    *The Hattertown Historic District has an alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

    *The Charter Communications Advisory Board has an open position for any registered voter.

  • Fourth GE Capital Exec Loaned To Support School District

    General Electric has provided a fourth loaned executive to the town, this time to provide added support to the school district and Board of Education. Joni Capoccitti, who has been with GE for 35 years, will serve as a project manager for the district, alleviating some of the 12/14-related organizational and logistical duties taken on by district staff in addition to their regular responsibilities.

  • Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Receives $30,000 NEA Grant

    First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. Mrs Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.”

  • Money From DC To Build New Sandy Hook School A Long Shot

    WASHINGTON –  Connecticut’s congressional delegation wants to find a way to obtain federal dollars to replace Sandy Hook Elementary School with a new facility, but that will be a tough task.

    The biggest obstacle to finding federal money for the construction of a new school, estimated to cost $40 million to $60 million, is Congress’ ban on earmarks, or special projects. Earmarks once allowed lawmakers to steer millions of dollars to pet projects, but no more.

  • Hearing Slated on Aquarion Water Rate Hike Proposal

    State public utility regulators have scheduled a public hearing for this week on the Aquarion Water Company’s proposal to increase its water rates across the next three years, which if approved, would result in an overall 22.7 percent water rate hike.

    Aquarion owns the public water supply which serves central Newtown, Sandy Hook Center, and the Mt Pleasant Road, Main Street, and South Main Street areas. The water supply system formerly was owned by United Water.

  • State Labor Board Dismisses Owner-Operators Complaint Against School District

    The State Board of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by Newtown’s owner-operators against the Board of Education. Carey Shierloh, a representative for the complainants and a former town owner-operator, said she and several other former drivers she spoke with were very disappointed by the decision.