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  • Newtown Denied Bid To Postpone Hearing On Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December’s school shooting.

    An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.

  • Duck Race Change Of Plans: No Race, Raffle Drawing At 2:30

    Looks like 13 is not a lucky number for Newtown Lions Club.

    Less than 24 hours after telling The Newtown Bee that the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race would go on, rain or shine, event chair Bob Schmidt had to announce that the weather has changed the day's plans after all. There are no exhibits or vendors at the park at 5 Glen Road in Sandy Hook Center this morning, but a raffle will still be held at 2:30 this afternoon.

  • Rain And More Rain Changes Duck Race Plans

    Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race.

    Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chair Bob Schmidt spun tickets in a raffle wheel.

  • Llodra, Rodgers Planning To Run For Reelection, Gaston Likely

    After helping guide Newtown through its darkest days post 12/14, leading a team of officials supporting a rebuilding site for Sandy Hook School, and four of the most challenging budget processes in memory, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers have announced intentions to seek respective third terms this November.

  • Local Town Clerk, Staff Still Hoping For Privacy Legislation

    May 22 marked exactly one month from the day that any action occurred on proposed legislation inspired by Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, her staff, and other members of the state Town Clerk’s Association who want to see certain restrictions on state death records. And the local officials behind the proposal were not happy about it.

  • Esty Applauds $1.3m SERV Grant For Sandy Hook Elementary

    NEW BRITAIN – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding news that Sandy Hook Elementary will receive a School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Superintendent Reed Begins Budget Advocacy Campaign With Video Message

    Less than 12 hours after the Legislative Council acted to reduce the school district’s budget request by another $300,000, Acting Superintendent John Reed was recording a two-part video message to the community, helping to launch a get-out-the-vote effort he promised to support through a third round referendum June 4.

  • Safe And Sound In Sandy Hook: Parents Seek More Focus On School Security

    HARTFORD (AP) — The moment Alissa Parker learned of a shooting at her daughter’s school, she suddenly regretted not pointing out what she had seen as security gaps at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Mrs Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first graders killed on 12/14, had thought security could have been tighter, although she never could have guessed it would be tested by a gunman with a military-style, semiautomatic rifle.

  • Murphy, Blumenthal, Esty Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

    WASHINGTON, DC — Connecticut’s US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown’s Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Council Cuts Another $300,000 From Schools

    After about two hours of community input, deliberations and two failed amendments, the Legislative Council voted 9-3 to further reduce the school district’s budget request by $300,000. If approved at a planned third round referendum June 4, that would drop requested Board of Education increase to 3.93 percent

    Voters already passed the municipal budget request in a split May 14 referendum. Upon approval, the district budget would stand at $71,045,304.