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  • Senators Want Newtown Donations Audit

    UPDATE (Monday, July 22, 2013): The Newtown Bee has been provided with a copy of the letter sent from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Dr Charles Herrick and The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation. The body of that letter has been added at the end of this story.

    NEW HAVEN (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.

  • Town Meeting July 24 To Consider Sandy Hook Design Grant

    The Board of Selectmen is planning a town meeting July 24 for consideration of $750,000 being offered by the State of Connecticut. According to a release from First Selectman Pat Llodra’s office this week, the $750,000 grant is part of a $50 million state funding package for the Sandy Hook School building project.

  • Municipal Center Closing 30 Minutes Early Monday; Final Big Time Rush Tickets Available Saturday

    On Monday, July 22, most town offices at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be closing at 4 pm. This is presumably due to the heavy traffic expected for the Big Time Rush concert Monday night at Fairfield Hills.

    The Tax/Assesor Office is the only one that will remain open until 4:30.

  • Final Collection Of Big Time Rush Tickets To Be Distributed Sat. At Municipal Center

    Residents passing by Fairfield Hills in recent days can already see something big is coming to town. Additional fencing and a line of port-a-potties have already been installed for Monday’s concert by Big Time Rush. As of this afternoon, 3,500 tickets have been given out to Newtown residents for the 7 pm concert on July 22. Tickets are free, but are for Newtown residents only.

  • Police Reports July 8 - 15, 2013

    DUI Incident

    At about 2:50 pm on July 10, police responded to Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street after receiving a report that a vehicle was being driven erratically in the area.

    Police report they located the vehicle in question and stopped its driver, Josephine Cappiali, 43, of Monroe, in the plaza’s parking lot.

    Police said that after investigating, they charged Cappiali with driving under the influence.

  • One Week Out, Great Reunion Team Urges Ticket Buyers To Complete Purchases

    As the number of remaining seats dwindles, organizers of the July 27 Great Newtown Reunion are urging those interested in attending, and anyone who reserved tickets to complete their purchases  so final headcounts can be provided to vendors, catering, and security officials. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

  • ‘The Promise’ Offers Perspective On The Sandy Hook Gun Debate

    Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Washington D.C., public policy think tank devoted to the advancement of “moderate policy and political ideas,” including gun safety laws, has worked with families directly affected by 12/14 and Sandy Hook Promise since January.

  • Fire Reports July 11 - 17, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

    Wednesday, July 10: 9:53 pm, wires down, near 30 Spring Trail, Sandy Hook responded.

    Thursday, July 11: 11:07 am, alarm, 8-A Walker Hill Road, Botsford and Sandy Hook responded.

  • Heroes Village: Restaurant, Pub And Year-Round Greenhouse Proposed For FFH

    A year-round, state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse, family restaurant and pub could be one of the next new ventures at Fairfield Hills.

    Antonio St Lorenzo, resident and CEO and Founder of Heroes Village, has submitted to a Fairfield Hills Authority subcommittee a draft letter of intent to occupy the sites of Stratford Hall for the restaurant and pub, and the location of Norwalk Hall, which would come down in lieu of a new 80,000-square-foot greenhouse there — an estimated $3.4 million proposal.

  • Plan Endorsed For Sandy Hook Community Foundation Distributions

    (AP) — Families of the 26 children and educators killed in the Connecticut school shooting last year will receive $281,000 each under a final plan, released Wednesday, for dividing up $7.7 million in donations.

    The families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will each get $20,000. Two staff members who were injured will get $75,000 each.