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  • School Bids OK’d, SHES Construction Likely Starting In March

    Site work being performed at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School site in February includes installing retaining wall #4; beginning foundation excavation (late February); and continuing storm drainage pipe and structure installation.

  • Newtown Covering Magnet, Charter Tuition & Transportation For 52 Students

    Newtown taxpayers currently underwrite tuition and/or unreimbursed transportation costs for 52 district students to attend charter and magnet schools out of district according to Business Manager Ron Bienkowski. The district is also eligible to receive a $1,300 transportation subsidy for each of these 52 students to help offset taxpayer costs, he said.

  • Severe Cold Weather Protocol Extended Again

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol to be extended and remain in effect through Monday, February 16, as dangerously cold temperatures continue to impact the state.

    The Severe Cold Weather Protocol activates a network of procedures among the relevant state agencies to ensure that the most vulnerable receive shelter from the cold.

  • EverWonder Children’s Museum Reaches Challenge Grant Goal For March Re-Opening

    EverWonder Children’s Museum is aiming to reopen its doors at 31 Pecks Lane in late March, thanks to a recent and successful fundraising campaign.

    Museum coordinators credit a $40,000 Challenge Grant from the Jeniam Foundation and the EverWonder Children’s Museum Board of Directors with reaching the $80,000 needed to reopen the museum’s doors.

  • Newtown Activists Introduce Bill Banning High-Capacity Magazines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newtown activists on Thursday helped introduce the first gun safety bill in this Congress, officially kicking off the gun control debate on Capitol Hill.

    The bill would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines for everyone but military members and law enforcement officers. It was introduced by State Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) in the House and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate.

  • Consumer Official Advises Anthem Clients: Monitor Medical Statements Following Data Breach

    HARTFORD - Connecticut residents who may have been impacted by the cyber-attack against Anthem, should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members.

    These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring.

    These emails are NOT from Anthem.

  • School Board Passes Superintendent’s Budget

    The Board of Education voted to adopt its 2015-16 budget on Thursday, February 5, with minimal changes the superintendent made to his original proposal.

    The school board’s adopted 2015-16 budget represents a $72,253,488 spending plan, a 1.27 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget.

  • WSA Poised To Approve Hawleyville Sewer Planning

    After years of discussion and months of technical planning, the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is poised to give its consulting engineering firm approval to draw the final plans for extending the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system.

    The municipal facilities project is intended to foster economic development in the section of town near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • WSA Meeting Tonight: Developer Wants To Build 350 Dwellings At 79 Church Hill Road

    Based on engineering data submitted to the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) on a high-density multifamily housing complex proposed for a 35-acre site at 79 Church Hill Road, the developer is seeking to construct 350 dwellings there.

    Fred Hurley, town director of public works, said the WSA would formally receive that application for wastewater treatment capacity from 79 Church Hill Road, LLC, at its meeting slated for 7 pm on Thursday, February 5, at the sewage treatment plant office building at 24 Commerce Road. 

  • AG Jepsen, DCP Caution Anthem Customers In Connecticut About Nationwide Data Breach

    HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris are asking Anthem Inc for more information about a reported data breach that may have compromised personal information of its customers across the state.

    The Indiana-based health insurer has released information on the data breach indicating that hackers had breached its computer system. The personal information of tens of millions of current and former enrollees and employees across the country is possibly at risk.