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  • Memorial Fund Establishes Long-Term Partnership With Pura Vida Bracelets

    The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. has announced a long term fundraising partnership with Pura Vida Bracelets, a La Jolla, Calif., based company and designer of stylish Costa Rican handmade string bracelets. The exclusive Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial bracelet, created in response to 12/14, will be sold with all proceeds benefiting the Newtown Memorial Fund.

    The bracelets are $5 each, but there is a $10 minimum order on the Pura Vida Bracelets website (PuraVidaBracelets.com), which is the only location where they are currently available.

  • WCSU To Host Two-Day Conference: ‘Compassion And Creativity In The Community’

    DANBURY — On Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, Western Connecticut State University will hold a two-day symposium “Compassion and Creativity in the Community.” The event will focus on how community leaders and organizations, including those in education and business, can develop an understanding of people’s need for compassion and kindness in today’s busy world.

  • Malloy Lays Back On Guns, For Now

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seems to be following the unlikely example of Goldilocks in dealing with the legislature on gun-control after Sandy Hook. He is looking for an approach that is just right after first being too soft, then too hard.

    He wants the legislature to pass a strict ban on the sale and possession of large-capacity magazines, like the ones Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six educators. But he won't say if its absence would be a deal breaker, an invitation to a veto.

  • Washington, DC Resolution Part Of Newtown History

    Dave Ackert, founder of Newtown Action Alliance, presented Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra with the Washington, DC Recognition Resolution from the January 26 March on Washington for Gun Control, on Wednesday, March 27.

  • A Typo In Granite

    An accidental misspelling on a recently installed Dickinson Park sign will need to be corrected.

     “It will have to be recast,” said Parks & Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold regarding a granite sign put in place late last week outside the A. Fenn Dickinson Memorial Park. Fenn has been carved as Finn on the sign.

  • Planned Castle Hill Land Sale Termed ‘Bittersweet’

    Bob Eckenrode, president of the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), said Monday, March 25, that the Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation of Bridgeport’s decision to sell 136 acres off Castle Hill Road to a Newtown man is “bittersweet” for the private, nonprofit land trust.

    In a statement, the diocese said that it plans to sell its acreage at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties, which formerly were known as the Gretsch estate.

  • Amid Calls For A National Victims' Fund, Local Officials Say Give Newtown A Chance

    Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.

  • Bringing A Stream Back To Life And Sunlight

    Slipping over a stone riverbed for the first time in decades is a tributary flowing through Dickinson Park. The stream now runs from a bog across Point O’ Rocks Road to Deep Brook, which winds through the park. Resurfaced in the fall of 2012, the stream had previously been piped underground.

    Thanks to past human handiwork, water that once traveled aboveground had disappeared.

  • Diocese Announces Planned Sale Of Castle Hill Property

    The Diocese of Bridgeport plans to sell the approximately 136-acre Castle Hill parcels in Newtown to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident, who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties. 
  • Town Review Of Castle Hill Housing Proposal Starts

    Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) Chairman Richard Zang explained this week that a public hearing, started on March 21, was the first step in a long review process for a local developer’s proposal for a cluster housing complex off Castle Hill Road.

    Mr Zang referred to GLT Development Corporation’s proposal to construct up to 136 cluster-style individual single-family houses at a 136-acre site at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road.

    GLT is seeking to buy the land from the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation.