UPDATE: This story has been updated to include Ben’s Bells Newtown and The Resiliency Center of Newtown, which will also benefit from Fairfield County Giving Day. The story has also been updated to indicate the correct number of Newtown-based groups that will benefit from the 24 hours of online donations.
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Every hour of March 7 could prove to be beneficial for area non-profits.
Newtown residents and visitors to Sandy Hook have undoubtedly noticed recent improvements in the business district. Phase II of the new streetscape, with sidewalks, pedestrian-oriented lighting and amenities, was recently completed, enhancing the visual impression and creating a more enjoyable and walkable environment.
Gun violence touches all ethnicities and socioeconomic group. The push for more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities that would appear to have little in common. On Saturday, March 8, at 8 am, a group of cyclists known as Team 26 will embark on a 400-mile journey — the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington (SHROW) — departing from Edmond Town Hall to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.
If you’re looking for fuses, speaker wire, a prepaid cellphone, walkie-talkies, a flat screen TV, a remote controlled helicopter, or any of the other thousands of products available at Newtown’s RadioShack store in Sand Hill Plaza, have no fear.
Responding to a call from The Newtown Bee, the operators of Newtown’s local electronics retailer said on March 4 they will remain open even as its corporate owners are announcing the closure of about 1,100 other company-owned stores across the country.
First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during a budget meeting February 27 that she is planning to budget a contingent of nine armed, retired police officers who will serve as armed school security officers (SSOs) in local schools beginning this September.
Mrs Llodra told finance officials that she expects virtually all expenses for armed and unarmed school guards, as well as a number of other measures from surveillance equipment to building hardening initiatives, to be offset by grants in the coming year.
UPDATE (March 6, 2014): A planning meeting on March 5 determined that volunteers will be needed from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday only. A previous version of this story indicated volunteers would also be needed on Thursday, March 13.
The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced on Monday that a new area code will be introduced later this year in Connecticut, in the calling region currently served by the 860 area code.
Because of continuing local demand for telephone numbers, remaining unassigned telephone numbers in the 860 area code are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2014. PURA approved a new area code, 959, to be assigned as an overlay to the 860 region to meet the demand.
HARTFORD (AP) — Millions of dollars in unsolicited contributions suddenly poured in to Connecticut from around the nation and the world following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a phenomenon that differed from natural disasters, where donors know to send money to established charities, the state’s consumer protection commissioner said on Friday.