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  • Biologist Confirms Fisher Cat Sighting

    She saw the small, dark brown creature again, and this time got a picture.

    Laurie Borst captured digital images in mid-March of a narrow dark-bodied animal with a long, bushy tail walking through her yard in Sandy Hook. “I know my nature,” she said.  “This is a fisher cat.”

    Wildlife Biologist Paul Rego, with the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in Burlington, Connecticut looked at Ms Borst’s photo via email and confirmed that the animal “is a fisher.”

  • Diverse Goals For Lobby Days In Hartford

    Monday, March 11, was a day for firearms manufacturers and gun owners to have discussions with and educate state legislators on gun law legislation currently being negotiated, said Jake McGuigan, director of government relations and state affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), headquartered in Newtown.

  • Police Reports | February 8-March 12, 2013

    Pickup Vs Sedan

    A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Huntingtown Road on snow-covered pavement at about 9 am on February 8, police said.

  • Finance Bd Pares School Budget Request By $750,000

    The Board of Finance has no line item authority over the school district budget request, but that did not stop its members from suggesting myriad ways the Board of Education and district administration could shave its $73,042,343 spending plan without necessarily eliminating key components like planned security enhancements, technology upgrades, facility maintenance and even full-day kindergarten.

  • Town’s 12/14 Fund Swells, Foundation Poised To Staff Distribution Panel

    While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.

  • Fire Reports | March 7-14, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, March 7: 10 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded; 10:05 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded; 10:15 am, wires down, near 131 Boggs Hill Road, Dodgingtown responded; 3:21 pm, wires down, near 71 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • EverWonder Files Draft Letter Of Intent To Lease Plymouth Hall

    A draft letter of intent (LOI) now in Fairfield Hills Authority members’ hands proposes a lease agreement between the town and proponents for the EverWonder Children’s Museum. Presenting the draft on March 6 were EverWonder board members, including Kristin Chiriatti, museum founder and president.

  • Great Newtown Reunion Hosts Seeking Sponsors

    The excitement bubbling among three organizers of this summer’s Great Newtown Reunion was palpable before they even reached the front room of the Dana Holcomb House March 12. Wendy Lee Hewitt, who graduated Newtown High School in 1974, Sharon Dest Pacenka .representing the Class of ’77. and classmate Una Lucey settled into comfy armchairs for a chat with The Bee, eager to get the word out about the planned communitywide celebration set for July 27.

  • Land Trust Pursuing Purchase Of Castle Hill Open Space

    The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private, nonprofit land trust, is spearheading a fundraising drive to buy 136 acres off Castle Hill Road, near Taunton Lake, to preserve that property as open space land.

    The NFA drive to buy the land is in competition with a local development firm’s proposal to purchase the land for the construction of up to 136 single-family houses in a cluster-style residential complex.

  • Pie In Your Eye (And Face, And Hair) For MDA

    Customers of Friendly Citgo on South Main Street have a once-a-year opportunity today: The chance to throw a pie into store manager Carol Lafreniere’s face. Ms Lafreniere has organized another fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Whipped cream pies are just waiting for customers who make a $5 donation to MDA. Carol and crew are hoping to raise $600 this afternoon, which will cover the cost for a child to spend one week at an MDA-sponsored summer camp. Shamrocks Against Dystrophy® are also available to help the fundraising effort.