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  • Llodra: State Will Accommodate Sandy Hook School Building Schedule

    Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook School.

    The  school facility has been vacant since the mass shooting tragedy of 12/14. Following the holiday break, classes for SHS students resumed at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe.

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence.

  • Police Charge Caregiver With First-Degree Larceny

    After learning that police held a warrant for her arrest, Wanda Nunez, 27, of Danbury went to the police station on April 15 and was charged with one count of first-degree larceny in connection with her allegedly having stolen approximately $100,000 worth of valuable items while she formerly worked as a hired caregiver for an elderly Sandy Hook woman, police said.

    First-degree larceny is a Class B felony.

  • Police Planning To Expand Law Enforcement Staff

    In anticipation of hiring additional police officers, the Newtown Police Department is gearing up its police hiring process, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said this week.

    Chief Kehoe said that the police department would be aided by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) in the police officer hiring process.

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.

    The library support center will be open Friday, April 19, from 11 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

  • First-Ever Split Budget Vote Featuring Ballot Questions Set For Tuesday, April 23

    All qualified residents and property owners are being called to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request Tuesday, April 23. Polling will be at a single location — the gym at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street — from 6 am to 8 pm.

    Those who cannot cast a vote in person may do so during special absentee balloting hours Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon, in the town clerk’s office at the Newtown Municipal Center, or pick up and file a ballot Monday, April 22, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

  • State Completing Design For Glen Road Bridge Improvements

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is completing its design for the rehabilitation of the Glen Road bridge, which crosses above the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury.

    DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week he expects that DOT will advertise the project for construction bids in mid-June.

    It is expected that the bridge rehabilitation project would begin in April 2014, he said.

  • Students Protest Failed Background Check Legislation

    Ezekiel DeLasho holds a sign saying, “Real Men Get Background Checks,” during a student protest April 18 outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

  • Sandy Hook Parents Watch As Gun Bill Dies In Congress

    WASHINGTON – A push by the White House and lobbying by the parents of children massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School failed Wednesday to convince the Senate to consider a relatively modest gun-control measure: An expansion of background checks for firearms purchases.

    “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said an emotional President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden with Sandy Hook families.

  • Mark Barden's Comments In Introducing President Obama On April 17, 2013

    The following is a text transcript of comments made by Mark Barden of Sandy Hook in introducing President Obama at a press conference following the US Senate's vote on gun control measures: