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  • WIN, Students Complete Holiday Basket Drive

    Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving.

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Mandy Monaco oversaw assembly of food and goods packages readied for pick-up Friday at Newtown United Methodist Church hall. The many WIN-terns helped unload cars as more goods arrived, or made sure that each care package was filled.

  • Newtown Acts Of Kindness Book Drive Underway

    The Newtown Foundation is seeking donations of books in like-new or new condition that are an appropriate reading level for elementary age school children.

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Report Presented To School Board

    A number of educators presented a report on full-day kindergarten at the Board of Education’s Tuesday, November 18, meeting.

    Full-day kindergarten was first implemented in the district last school year, and this is the second year the school board has heard a report about how the program is doing.

    “They have a little presentation for us and just a few words about what their experience has been for… a year-plus,” said Assistant Superintendent Linda Gejda.

  • Community Forum Focused On ‘Rigor In The Classroom’

    The second, one-hour Parent/Community Forum hosted by the school district was held on Tuesday, November 11, and focused on rigor in the classroom.

    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda led the discussion.

    “We’re very excited about having the opportunity to begin the conversation about rigor,” said Dr Gejda, near the start of the evening.

  • Firehouse Plans Under Land Use Agency Review

    Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1, the volunteer fire unit that serves the borough and adjacent areas, has filed plans for its proposed new firehouse for local land use review and action.

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has submitted those plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and comment. The P&Z serves as the borough’s planning agency.

  • Child Advocate’s Office Reports On Adam Lanza’s Troubled Life

    The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) of the State of Connecticut released a report Friday, November 21, focusing on Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHS) mass murderer Adam Lanza. The report defines lapses in integration of education and health care, and how untreated mental illness contributed to Adam Lanza’s overall decline.

  • Police Reports, November 8-18, 2014

    Mt Pleasant DUI

    Police report that at about 10:30 pm on November 13, they stopped motorist Kathryn Casas, 37, of Danbury for making a motor vehicle violation on Mt Pleasant Road, near its intersection with Susan Lane.

    After investigating, police charged Casas with driving under the influence and with failure to drive in the proper lane.

    Following processing, police released Casas on $1,000 bail for a November 26 arraignment on the charges in Danbury Superior Court.

  • Officials Want To Hold Line On Taxes, School Closure Off The Table For Now

    In a now annual exercise introduced by finance officials several years ago, the Legislative Council hosted the Boards of Finance, Selectmen, and Education for a budget preview session November 19.

    While First Selectman Pat Llodra and Finance Director Robert Tait both vowed to seek a zero tax increase budget, the school superintendent’s presentation focused as much on issues that could affect future budgets as he did on the 2014-15 spending cycle.

  • Stuff-A-Bus, Saturday At Stop & Shop

    For the second year in a row, All-Star Transportation is hoping shoppers will help fill a school bus with donations for Newtown Social Services.

    A Stuff-A-Bus event will be held Saturday, November 22, from 9 am until 3 pm, at Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street.

    Donations of any nonperishable goods will be accepted, according to Social Services Director Ann Piccini.

    “We’re really low on everything,” Ms Piccini said this week. “We’ve used up all the excess pasta we had on the shelves.”

  • Officials, Agencies Respond To Latest 12/14 Survivors’ Testimony

    Newtown officials and spokespersons for state agencies involved with supporting both immediate victims and survivors of 12/14 responded to queries by The Newtown Bee following testimony last week by two surviving families to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The 16-member panel appointed last year by Governor Dannel Malloy is tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety.