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  • Firm Selected For Superintendent Search

    The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.

  • Finance Board Adds Sandy Hook School To CIP

    During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

    Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.

  • AG: Donor Intent Was Honored In Sandy Hook Fund Distribution

    This report was updated August 8 adding comments from Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick.

    Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.

  • DOT Advises That Bridge Construction Will Cause I-84 Traffic Delays

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) advises that normal dual-lane traffic flowing on eastbound Interstate 84 between Exits 11 and 13 will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 9 am to 3 pm, each day, to allow certain construction to proceed on an I-84 bridge replacement project.

    The left lane on eastbound I-84 in that area will be closed during those periods.

  • 12/14 Investigation Report Due ‘In The Fall’

    HARTFORD —On Tuesday morning, August 6, state officials involved in the investigation into the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School met to discuss the progress of the state police probe and consider when a public version of the ongoing investigation’s findings would be disclosed.

    Mark Ojakian, who is the governor’s chief of staff, met with Stephen J. Sedensky III, who is the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, and with Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.

  • Unity Riders Arriving Today; All Related Events Taking Place At 2GHG HQ

    The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will welcome The Unity Riders to the 2GHG headquarters today.

    The group is expected to arrive by late morning, and welcoming ceremonies are scheduled to begin right around noon, according to 2LT Ken Fay, public affairs officer for Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard.

  • SUV Crash Closes Route 34, Causes Electrical Outages

    Roadblocks to through-traffic initially were set up at the intersection of Berkshire Road and Toddy Hill Road (above), the intersection of Berkshire Road and Sherman Street, and the intersection of Pole Bridge Road and Jeremiah Road. 

  • Student Arrested On Three Charges After Knife Incident

    Police report that an incident that involved the threatening display of a knife occurred among a group students who were working summer jobs at Newtown High School.

    There were no injuries, police said.

    The unidentified youth who displayed the knife reportedly was a boy.

    Police said that at about 12:20 pm on Wednesday, July 24, they were dispatched to the school on a report that a person there had pulled a knife on another person.

  • Police Probing NHS Field Vandalism

    Police received a report at about 9:30 am on July 25 that someone had vandalized a rear athletic field at Newtown High School, so they went there to investigate.

    The probe indicated that someone had used some type of vehicle to rip up some turf and damage an irrigation system, police said. The damage is estimated at $1,000 in repair value.

    Police are investigating and ask anyone with knowledge of who vandalized the property to contact them at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

  • Sandy Hook Man Sentenced In Massachusetts DUI Fatality

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Thursday, August 1, a Sandy Hook man was sentenced by a Berkshire Superior Court judge to serve 15 to 18 years in state prison, after the man pleaded guilty to nine charges stemming from a February 2012 multi-vehicle drunken driving accident in which a 24-year-old Sheffield, Mass., woman was killed.