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  • Final Playground In Honor Of 12/14 Victims Opens

    WATERTOWN (AP) — The 26th and final playground built in memory of the Newtown school shooting victims has opened in Connecticut.

    Volunteers and relatives of Dawn Hochsprung gathered in Watertown on Sunday to dedicate the playground in her honor. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where she, 20 first graders and five other educators were shot to death in December 2012.

  • Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Training To Start At PD

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the State of Connecticut.

    And on October 1, Newtown Police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele told The Newtown Bee he was days away from starting a “train the trainer” program so the local department can implement a Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). The program has been implemented among a growing number of local police agencies since it was introduced through the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) in 2012.

  • Charter Panel Asked To Simplify Public Land Sale, Acquisition Procedures

    On September 30, Town Attorney David Grogins went before the Charter Revision Commission requesting the panel simplify what he called the currently mandated and “elaborate procedure to acquire or dispose of town-owned property.” He suggested commissioners consider language in other town charters that is effective but much less complicated.

  • Ambulance Garage Grand Opening Celebration To Be October 18 & 19

    Stepping back for a better view of the new Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association (NVAA) garage at Fairfield Hills, Board of Trustees President Robert Grossman, MD, watched contractors finish floors in the entryway.

  • NVS Donates Life-Saving Pet Oxygen Masks To Local Fire Companies

    Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) has donated specially designed pet oxygen masks to Fairfield County fire companies to help firefighters save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning buildings.

    Pet oxygen masks were donated to Wilton Fire Department in May, and more recently to Hawleyville Fire Company, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, and Newtown Hook & Ladder.

  • Five Agencies Probing ‘Terroristic’ Bomb Threat Against SHES

    MONROE — At least five law enforcement agencies are investigating a telephoned bomb threat to Sandy Hook Elementary School at 375 Fan Hill Road, which was received on the morning of Wednesday, October 1.

    The incident amounts to “a terroristic act” heavily punishable by federal criminal law, according to a spokesman for Monroe Police Department.

  • Police Reports, September 14-28, 2014

    Riverside Burglary

    Police report that a house in the vicinity of Oak Trail/Laurel Trail in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook was burglarized sometime on September 28, or during the first half of September 29.

    According to police, a white male who has a scruffy beard drove to the residence in a white work van and then allegedly forced his way into the house.

  • Fire Reports, September 25 - October 1, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • Absentee Ballots Available Friday

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead advises Newtown voters that Absentee ballots will be available Friday, October 3. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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

    *Illness or physical disability;

    *Absence from town during voting hours;

    *Religious beliefs which forbid secular activity;

    *Active US military service; or 

  • Ordinance Panel To Set Hearing On Proposed Water Rate Hike

    On September 17, the Legislative Council acted on a request to initiate a phased rate hike for users of the Fairfield Hills water system, and moved the matter to its Ordinance Committee to research and set a date for a public hearing.