• Psychiatric Hospital Eying Locations Other Than Fairfield Hills, Still Interested In Newtown

    The 100-bed psychiatric hospital bid for development at Fairfield Hills has refocused to sites elsewhere in town.

  • Governor Declares June 28-July 5 Social And Emotional Learning Awareness Week

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 28-July 5, 2015 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week.

    The timing of the proclamation was done to coincide with what would have been the ninth birthday of Jesse Lewis on June 30. Jesse was one of the children killed on 12/14.

    “This is a JesseLewisChooseLove.org initiative, and we are working towards teaching children to choose love,” said Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis.

  • Police: Half Of Local Domestic Abuse Responses Involve ‘High Danger’ Threat

    As more of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies are joining Newtown’s Police Department using a nationally recognized risk assessment tool when responding to domestic violence calls, local officers employing their recently implemented “Lethality Assessment” interview are finding that half the local victims and their families are reporting “high danger” threats.

  • Carnival Cancelled

    Due to the rain, tonight's final outing of the St Rose Parish Carnival has been cancelled.

  • Communities Touched By Tragedy United Through Survivor Tree

    One sapling pear tree stands amid a patch of tall grass in Fairfield Hills. Others are in an open swath where a new walkway cuts through the field. Another young tree sits within view of a picnic table alongside the Victory Garden. On each tree is a small tag — a clue to its story.

  • Charter Hearing Will Consider Town Meeting’s Demise

    Charter Revision Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci will consider it a success if a planned public hearing on the current revision — which includes a proposal to eliminate town meetings — will draw more public response than those poorly attended gatherings where millions of dollars is typically authorized by a handful of residents.

    While not officially slated yet, Mr Capeci said he expects that hearing will occur ahead of a regular Legislative Council meeting on July 15.

  • Town Disaster Mitigation Plan Gains Federal Approval

    The town has gained federal approval for the Newtown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a planning document which the town will use in preparing to reduce the potential damage caused by natural disasters.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has endorsed the plan, which has been six years in the making, said Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use. Mr Sibley also is a town deputy director of emergency management.

  • Steel Framework At Sandy Hook Elementary To Be ‘Topped Off’ June 30

    Next Tuesday’s “topping off” ceremony, where the final steel construction beam at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School is signed by the entire construction team and hoisted into place, will mark a significant milestone in the critical local building project that one key official involved said is going extremely well.

  • Preliminary SHS Playground Designs Presented To PB&S

    Preliminary designs for the new Sandy Hook School building’s playgrounds were presented by representatives of a design firm at the Tuesday, June 23, Public Building & Site Commission meeting.

    The commission also heard a presentation on the artwork planned for the school during the meeting.

    A number of meetings were held with a school playground committee, according to William Richter, a principal of Richter & Cegan of Avon, a landscape architecture and urban design firm.

  • Rolled Dump Truck Closes Botsford Hill Road For Six Hours

    A large, loaded 12-wheel construction dump truck, which was traveling on Botsford Hill Road early on the afternoon of Saturday, June 20, flipped over onto its right side and leaked diesel fuel.

    The incident triggered an environmental cleanup project that caused a section of that street to close to through-traffic for more than six hours, resulting in detours, officials said.