• Flags To Be Lowered For Oregon Shooting Victims

    In response to the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on October 1, which took the lives of ten people including the shooter, President Barack Obama on October 2 ordered United States flags to be lowered to half-staff. Flags are to remain lowered until sunset Tuesday, October 6.

    In a brief proclamation issued Friday, President Obama said it was “a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence” on Thursday that he was issuing the order.

  • President Challenges Media To Compare Numbers: Terrorism vs Gun Violence In America

    In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year.

  • Charter Revision Panel Makes Final Tweaks, Sends Draft To LC

    Following a 40-minute public hearing September 30 dominated by two local officials suggesting several late adjustments to Newtown’s constitutional document, the Charter Revision Commission initiated some of those changes and voted to send a final draft to the Legislative Council for its own hearing and review process.

  • Community Center Forums Continue, Online Survey Deadline Approaching

    While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing.

    The first two sessions have been held. Two more additional forums are planned for Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road; and Saturday, October 17, at 10 am, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • Community Invited To Trauma Stewardship Workshop

    Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on? Struggling with your own reactions and stress? Or maybe you are noticing a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you cannot do enough, or a spike in negativity among your co-workers or community.

    If so, Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team (RRT) is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts.

  • Federal Court Hands Sandy Hook Families First Victory On Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. 

    In a short order issued September 30, the court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court. 

  • Absentee Ballots Available October 2

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead advises Newtown voters that absentee ballots are available Friday, October 2, for the Municipal Election to be held in Newtown on Tuesday, November 3. 

    Any qualified registered voter may vote by absentee if unable to vote in person due to:

    *Active US military service;

    *Illness or physical disability;

    *Absence from town during voting hours;

    *Religious beliefs which forbid secular activity; or

  • Police Reports, September 13-30, 2015

    Motorcycle Crash

    A two-vehicle accident involving a sedan and a motorcycle occurred about 7:45 pm on September 23 at the signalized intersection of Main Street, Sugar Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.

  • SOS Campaign Conducts Informational Meeting

    Following the SOS (Support Our Schools) meeting on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, campaign Co-Founder Kristen Bonacci said the event was an informational meeting and forum for the community to hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved.

    “It was also to help people know that SOS is no longer just about Hawley,” said Ms Bonacci. “It is about the entire town and being involved in the upcoming budget.”

  • Fairfield Hills Authority Declines Lease With Psychiatric Facility

    Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility.

    In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.