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  • Support For ‘As Is’ Budget

    It may have been one of the shortest budget public hearings the Legislative Council has hosted, but its four participants brought the same degree of passion and advocacy for the school district budget proposal as dozens have in previous years.

    The four residents, plus Interim Superintendent John Reed, spent a total of about ten minutes Wednesday evening relating their support for the district’s spending plan, and calling for the council to move the budget request to referendum with no further reductions.

  • Organizers Boast Best Attendance Ever At The Latest Parent Empowerment University

    One day every year, local parents and people who care about Newtown’s children go back to school to learn about the latest trends, issues and concerns facing families and the community at the Parent Connection’s Parent Empowerment University.

  • FHA Members Discuss 12/14 Memorial, Plymouth Hall Reuse, Expenses

    From prospective tenants to memorial bench locations, Fairfield Hills Authority members this month discussed a grab bag of topics.

    FHA Chair Thomas Connors first noted the several parties interested in reusing the Plymouth Hall building — among them The 12/14 Foundation, The News-Times, and an advertising agency.

  • Architect: New School To Draw Inspiration From Nature, Community

    Barry Svigals, a principal at Svigals + Partners, says he has derived much inspiration for conceptual designs of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School from the natural environment of its site, as well as from many ideas revealed during meetings he and his team have arranged with parents, school staffers, leaders, and other community members.

  • Program Doubled Residential Solar Use; Discounts Through March 31

    The Solarize Newtown initiative was a success, said Sustainable Energy Commission chairman Kathy Quinn.

  • Improving Weather Brings Heightened Traffic Enforcement

    Now that the long, cold winter of 2014 is coming to an end and spring weather is emerging, motorists are driving more.

    That increase in traffic means that town police are stepping up their motor vehicle enforcement to address the added traffic volume on local roads.

    For example, on March 18, town police stopped about 55 motorists in various locations around town to check for possible motor vehicle violations.

  • Llodra Joins Regional Officials Opposing Tree Trimming Moratorium

    First Selectman Pat Llodra has signed on to letters that were sent March 20 to Governor Dannel Malloy and Nicholas E. Neeieyl, executive secretary of the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) opposing a moratorium on a tree trimming program put in place following a series of devastating storms in 2011 and 2012.

  • State Safety Commissioner Restores 24/7 Trooper Coverage At State Police Barracks Across The State

    MIDDLETOWN — Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner Dora B. Schriro announced on Monday the restoration of 24/7 trooper coverage at all State Police barracks across the state. Previously, as part of the recent consolidated dispatch project, some troops were closed after normal business hours.

  • CT Poised To Adopt $10.10 Minimum Wage Wednesday

    HARTFORD — With votes scheduled Wednesday, Connecticut is poised to become the first state to adopt a $10.10 minimum wage, delivering on an election-year priority of Gov Dannel P. Malloy.

    The Democratic leaders of the Senate and House plan final votes Wednesday, first in the Senate and immediately following in the House, spokesmen for the two Democratic majority caucuses said Monday.

  • Council Moves To Publish Entire Town Payroll

    Sandy Hook resident Richard Fenaroli firmly believes an informed taxpayer will tend to be more involved in the budget process. To that end, he formally requested the Legislative Council act to publish the entire town roster of employees by name, the position they hold, and the gross amount of income and benefit costs of those employees to taxpayers.

    He also requested that similar data be posted for all current town pensioners.