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  • Fallen Educators Memorial Groundbreaking Included Former School Board Member

    Dr Gerard Brooker, second from right, a retired teacher and former Newtown Board of Education member, was invited to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony on June 13 for the first memorial that will honor teachers and education personnel who died protecting children while on the job.

  • ‘Time For A Period Of Rest’

    First Selectman Pat Llodra’s latest post at OneNewtown.org indicates it is time for all residents to move “into a quiet period of rest, recuperation, and healing.”

    On Thursday, June 27, Mrs Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks and months following 12/14, the town has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar.

  • Thumbs Up: It’s Carnival Time!

    Sam Irving gives a thumbs up from the seat of a race car ride on the opening night of the St Rose Parish Carnival, Tuesday, June 25.

    The annual event will continue on the parish grounds until Saturday, June 29, running nightly from 6 to 10:30 pm. The carnival features rides and games by Stewart Amusement, as well as a kiddie tent with face painting and crafts, and nightly entertainment.

  • Fondly Remembered, Former Police Dog Baro Dies

    Baro, the town police department’s German shepherd, who was retired from service recently due to health problems, died on Tuesday, June 25, while under medical care at Newtown Veterinary Specialists, police said. According to a statement released by the Town of Newtown on June 26, Baro had “many officers at his side” when he died Tuesday afternoon.

  • Park Tour Will Explore Restoration Proposal

    A pond along the southern side of Deep Brook Road, opposite the skate park at Dickinson Park, flows beneath the road and feeds the tributary flowing across an open field. Resident and landscape architect Billie Cohen envisions boardwalks and viewing platforms bringing guests out over the water to experience wildlife there. 

  • 1214 Foundation Announces Formation, Charter, Leadership

    The 1214 Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Newtown has announced its official formation, charter and leadership. The foundation aims to build and operate a performing arts center in Newtown in remembrance of those lost in the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School with a focus “on improving the lives of our children and future generations,” according to information the group released June 25.

  • Health, Emergency Officials Implore Newtowners: Try To Stay Cool

    Less than a week into summer, Newtown has entered its first heat wave of 2013.

    There is a cooling trend in site by week’s end, but for today and tomorrow First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown’s Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and the Newtown Health District are working to prevent local citizens from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures.

  • WCSU To Make First Scholarship Award In Honor Of 12/14 Victim This Fall

    DANBURY — In memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Western Connecticut State University will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall and continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university.

    Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. She is also survived by a brother, 9-year-old Isaiah.

  • ‘Calm And Professional’ Dispatchers Honored

    Receiving a NENA Presidential Award recognizing the efforts of the staff at Newtown Emergency Communications Center was “a complete surprise,” said Maureen Will. Ms Will, on the right, received the award last week from NENA Executive Board President Barbara Jaeger.