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  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Friday

    Due to the anticipated weather, the Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 3.

  • Newtown Public Schools To Dismiss Early Thursday, No Afternoon Preschool

    Due to the weather, the Newtown Public Schools will have an early dismissal, Thursday, January 2, and there will be no afternoon preschool.

  • Weapons Laws, Rail Fare Hikes Among New State Laws

    HARTFORD — A requirement for state public safety officials to create a registry of people convicted of offenses involving a deadly weapon is one of a host of new laws that took effect in Connecticut as of January 1.

    The registry, which will also track those found not guilty of deadly weapon offenses by reason of mental disease or defect, was part of the package of laws that passed earlier in 2013 in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Town Officials: Be Prepared For The Upcoming Storm

    This story has been updated to include information from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office.

     

  • Officials Flag Student Enrollment Decline As Significant Taxpayer Concern

    A growing number of officials believe that helping residents better understand the relationship between declining student enrollment and the amount school leaders will ask taxpayers to underwrite next year could help pass the annual budget referendum sooner.

    Providing additional evidence to taxpayers that town and district leaders are working collaboratively, and with mutual support for each other’s spending proposals, could also go far toward propelling a first-round budget vote to passage, some officials believe.

  • New Year's Holiday Closings

    All town offices and agencies will be closed from noon on Tuesday, December 31, and remain closed until Thursday, January 2, for New Year’s.

    The transfer station at the former landfill on Ethan Allen Road will be closing at 11 am on Tuesday, December 31. It will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

    C.H. Booth Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

  • 2014 Will See Newtown Ramping Up Numerous Capital Projects

    Momentum is building, literally, as more than a half-dozen capital projects move toward completion, or begin shifting from the drawing board to their respective construction phases in 2014.

  • Despite Files, Sandy Hook School Shooter Remains Enigma

    Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

    He could write stories that struck horror into a teacher’s heart, then turn around and craft a poem so beautiful it moved listeners to tears.

    As a kid growing up in Connecticut, he rode bikes, played baseball and saxophone, and kept hamsters. As a man, he taped black garbage bags over his bedroom windows, retreating into a world of violent video games, guns and statistics on mass murder.

  • Brookfield Man Implored Police To Consider 'Gas Pipeline Syndrome' In Lanza Investigation

    A little over two years before 12/14, Brookfield resident Steve Kohlhase was in Newtown, within relatively close proximity to the Yogananda Street neighborhood, including the residence where Adam Lanza was beginning to exhibit increasingly concerning behavioral changes.

  • Early Morning Crash Temporarily Closes Route 6 In Hawleyville; Lengthy Extrication Required

    Newtown Police are investigating a tractor trailer versus car crash that occurred at approximately 6:20 am on Friday morning, December 27, near the busy intersection of Mt Pleasant and Sawmill Roads.

    Hawleyville Fire and Rescue Chief John Basso, who handled command supervision at the scene, credited more than 20 volunteers from his department and Hook & Ladder for responding quickly to the scene. A section of Mt Pleasant Road west of the Route 6-25 intersection was closed to traffic while first responders worked at the scene.