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  • NRA: Conn. Gun-Control Proposal ‘Completely Inadequate’

    WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.

    At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.

  • OneRepublic Raises $100,000 For Sandy Hook School

    On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.

  • Animal Sanctuary Had Its Eye On Castle Hill Property

    An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

    "From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.

  • Police Continue Probe Into Four Residential Shootings

    Police said Monday they are continuing their probe into a series of shooting incidents which occurred in the darkness early on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, at four separate residential locations.

    There were no injuries in the incidents which occurred on Alpine Drive, Saw Mill Road, Berkshire Road, and Brandywine Lane, Lieutenant George Sinko, commander of the police department’s patrol division, said April 1.

  • Newtown Families Want Strict Ban On Large Ammo Magazines

    The families of the Sandy Hook school massacre victims delivered a precise, unequivocal and timely message to legislators Monday: The current bipartisan proposal by the legislature's leaders to ban the sale, but not the possession, of high-capacity ammunition magazines is inadequate.

  • Families of 12/14 Victims Present Letter To Legislators

    Prior to the vote on gun legislation held Monday, April 1, at the State Capitol, the following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, in the office of Senator John McKinney. Speaking briefly at the press conference was Nicole Hockley, the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade student Dylan Hockley, who perished 12/14. Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach who died at the school 12/14, read the letter.

  • DAV Benefits Open House, April 13 At VFW Post

    Two authorized veteran service officers from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be at Newtown VFW Post 308 on Saturday, April 13.

    Doors will open at 10 am, and the officers will present a 40-mintue presentation beginning at 11. The presentation, open to all area veterans, their spouses and siblings, will cover veterans’ rights, benefits and entitlements, and the claims process.

  • Free Cones For Kids, April 10

    Ferris Acres Creamery and Holy Cow Ice Cream will both be offering free ice cream cones for children ages 12 and under on Wednesday, April 10.

    The special event, being sponsored by the two local ice cream stands as well as Guida Dairy, will run from noon until 9 pm.

    Ferric Acres Creamery is at 144 Sugar Street, and can be reached by calling 203-426-8803. Holy Cow Ice Cream is at 51 Church Hill Road; telephone 203-426-1359.

  • Protesters Square Off On Gun Policy At NSSF Protest

    People waving handmade signs with conflicting messages Thursday, March 28, demanding “Action now,” “Fewer bullets, fewer burials,” and “Safer gun laws,” while others read, “I’m a responsible gun owner,” or “NRA, stand and fight.” Those among the roughly 100 protesters gathered at rush hour on the curb outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) at the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street were either supporting their rights regarding firearms, or lobbying for changes in legislation for stricter

  • Three Prisoners Arrested In Separate Garner Incidents

    State police report arrests of three inmates recently in separate incidents at the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road, off Wasserman Way.

    State police report that at about 11:45 am on March 22, they received a report from Garner that during a routine inspection, a homemade weapon was found within an inmate’s cell.