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  • Newtown Donations Coordination Team Moves Forward

    The Newtown Donations Coordination Team is a town-sanctioned group established by First Selectman Patricia Llodra and tasked with cataloguing and seeing that the many “in kind” donations received by the town are presented to the intended recipients. The team was formed in February, in response to issues Town Tax Assessor Chris Kelsey encountered as he tried to catalogue physical items in a warehouse, and realized many non-tangible donations needed to be tracked.

  • Sandy Hook Families Make Final Push On Gun Vote

    WASHINGTON – Parents and family members of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School students and educators fanned out on Capitol Hill Tuesday to make 11th-hour pitches to try to rescue gun-control legislation that's in limbo in the Senate – at least for now.

    “We bring a face to this tragedy,” said Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel. “People should listen to what we have to say and move the debate forward.”

  • Alliance Stages Gun Control Demonstration At Edmond Town Hall

    To publicly show their support for expanded federal gun control laws, members of the Newtown Action Alliance conducted a demonstration starting midday Wednesday on the front steps of Edmond Town Hall at 45 Main Street.

    The alliance termed the event, “Filibuster The Filibuster: They Deserve A Vote,” in response to a threatened filibuster in the US Senate by Republican senators who oppose expanding federal gun control laws.

  • Police Seek Two Suspects In Auto Theft

    On Monday April 8, at approximately 6:58 am, Newtown police received a call from a Newtown resident explaining that his 2002 black GMC Denali full-size SUV had been stolen from the front parking lot at Newtown Mobil.

    The gas station/convenience store is at 62 Church Hill Road, near the Exit 10 ramps for Interstate 84.

    The theft occurred while the owner was inside the gas station making a purchase. The owner had left his vehicle running and unlocked during the time he was inside the store.

  • Community Foundation Releasing $4 Million To Victims

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.

  • Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Barn On Main Street

    Fire officials are investigating the cause of an apparently accidental fast-moving fire that destroyed a  barn and most of its contents midday on Tuesday, April 9, at 64 Main Street.

    Firefighters received a call reporting the fire at 12:34 pm, said Newtown Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Jason Rivera, who served as incident commander.

    Volunteers firefighters from the Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, Dodgingtown and Botsford fire companies also responded to the fire.

  • Brush Fire Dangers Remain: Red Flag Warning In Effect For April 9

    A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire state of Connecticut today. According to the National Weather Service, “wind gusts between 20-25 mph are expected to develop this afternoon before diminishing late in the day. At the same time, relative humidity values will drop to around 30 percent. This will create an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this afternoon.”

  • Obama: ‘Stand Up’ For Our Families

    WEST HARTFORD — Hoping to re-energize pro-gun safety efforts on Capitol Hill, President Obama visited Connecticut on Monday, using this state's sweeping new reforms as a catalyst.

    The president told an audience of thousands that packed the University of Hartford’s Sports Center that gun safety advocates must speak loudly — and immediately — if substantive federal legislation is to have any chance.

  • First Sandy Hook Memorial Playground Opens In Central NJ

    SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of 12/14.

    The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

    The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.