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  • Branches Of Healing: New Trees Replace Those Cut At Treadwell

    Trees cut down at Treadwell Park in mid-April were quickly replaced thanks to a donation. The story started with a letter in December, and ended with donors and volunteers who are “forever changed,” after helping to plant trees over the weekend of April 26-27, said resident Laura King. Twenty-six Zelkova trees now stand where 19 locusts had previously been standing along the upper wall overlooking Treadwell’s fields.

  • Newtown Real Estate Forecast: Increasingly Brighter

    Kathy Suhoza was installed as the president of the Newtown Board of Realtors in January, a task she called “daunting.” Although one of the top selling realtors for eight of the ten years she has worked as a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker, and confident of her ability to lead local realtors out of a sluggish period, the Newtown resident was unsure what kind of situation she was stepping into, following 12/14.

  • Town Presses Owner On His Plans For Condemned House

    The town’s building official has sent the owner of a decaying Berkshire Road house a letter informing him that the vacant, rundown building has been condemned by the town due to its deterioration, and is asking him whether he intends to improve the structure to bring it up to habitable standards.

    Chief Building Official John Poeltl said April 29 that he has sent homeowner Santiago Britt a letter requesting an immediate response about his intentions regarding the house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

  • "Come Have Coffee," And Conversation

    Come Have Coffee is a small support group that meets once weekly at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering, 102 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center.

    This is not a therapy session, just a chance for anyone who would like to meet up with others and talk, or not talk (just listen) about the events of 12/14 and how they and others are doing in the aftermath.

  • A Banner For Boston

    A small banner was signed last week by employes of Newtown Municipal Center, first responders and even some of the families who lost loved ones on 12/14. The banner has been sent to Boston, offering a symbol of solidarity between two New England locations rocked by violence in the past months

  • NUSAR Acquires Aluminum Boat For Better Diving Platform

    When Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members respond to aquatic emergency calls, they soon will be doing so in a new custom-built dive boat designed to maximize the volunteer organization’s effectiveness on the water.

    NUSAR recently acquired the 20-foot-long aluminum dive boat, which replaces its 19-foot fiberglass dive boat, said NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy.

  • Bolinsky Calls to Eliminate Automatic July 1 Gas Tax Hike, Attends Job Summit

    Newtown’s State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) has challenged lawmakers to block an automatic 16 percent gas tax hike, scheduled to take effect on July 1. The wholesale gross receipts tax on petroleum is scheduled to go from 7 percent per gallon to 8.1 percent, with Newtown residents paying some of the highest gas prices in the state.

  • SHS Staff To Be Honored For Service Before Self

    When nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Award, sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, were received in December, there were overwhelming nominations to recognize the valor and selflessness of the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook School during the events of 12/14.

    Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President Tom Wilkerson said the nominations for the award came from across the country.

  • Police Probe Uncovers Odd Situation At Vacant Berkshire Road House

    After investigating a report of suspicious activity having occurred at a vacant, rundown house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34) in Sandy Hook, town police determined on Friday, April 26, that unusual, but not criminal, activity had taken place, police said.

  • Health Director: Fresh Crop Of Tick Bite Victims

    Standing outside the local referendum voting place April 23 promoting the BLAST program to help protect residents from tick bites and the possible association with tickborne illnesses, Health District Director Donna Culbert was approached by several residents who had already been bitten by ticks this year.