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  • Intense Storms Bring Local Power Outages

    Intense thunderstorms coupled with the high winds that passed through Newtown Monday night resulted in 556 local power outages being reported to the Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) as of 9 pm on July 7, according to CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.

    By 2 am on Tuesday, July 8, the number of outages climbed to 572.

    As of 9 am on Tuesday, there were 11 outages.

    CL&P crews were continuing work to restore power, Mr Gross said.

    CL&P has 10,999 customers in Newtown.

  • Taunton Lake Weed Infestation Under Study

    Last fall, 250 grass carp were placed in the waters of Taunton Lake, a scenic 124-acre spring-fed, glacial lake in the Taunton District whose waters drain into Pond Brook and eventually to the Housatonic River.

    The grass carp, which are not native to the lake, were released into it as part of a project designed to curb the growth of the weed known as aquatic milfoil. Grass carp eat milfoil.

  • Garner Inmates Learn Decisionmaking Skills Through Course

    The art of decisionmaking, involving the use of judgment to reach suitable conclusions, is a skill that comes slowly through one’s experience amid the situations of a lifetime.

    A volunteer group known as Thresholds Connecticut has been working to provide such decisional education for some inmates at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at Nunnawauk Road.

  • Restoring The Charm Of An Old Main Street Home

    Diane Thompson was attracted to the old home’s charm.

    The 1899 Victorian at 54 Main Street, with its quaint front porch ideal for sitting and sipping iced tea on summer evenings, had been on the market for a long time. In the last couple of years she had watched the tan-colored house as its paint slowly crumbled and moss grew on the roof. She waited for the price come down.

  • Veterans Mural Gets New Names And Admirers

    Each letter was precise. Each name inscribed at the Newtown Municipal Center honored a veteran serviceman or woman from Newtown who has served in the military in the past several decades. Another tribute to veterans of prior years hangs in the Edmond Town Hall.

  • New Charter Commission To Be Led By Capeci, Hall

    A former Legislative Council chairman who helped direct Newtown’s last Charter Revision Commission and the individual who helped draft the original Charter in 1974 will lead the latest group of appointees charged with reviewing and revising the community’s constitutional document.

    Jeff Capeci and Robert Hall were unanimously elected chair and vice chair, respectively, during a brief initial meeting of the new Charter panel July 1.

  • Free Home Safety Checks For Newtown Seniors

    In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving northern Fairfield County is offering a free home safety checks for area seniors and their families.

  • Five Vehicle Pileup Send Three To ER

    Motorists going westward on Interstate 84 experienced lengthy travel delays on the afternoon of Friday, June 27, following a five-vehicle accident that occurred on the highway near the Tunnel Road overpass.

    The collision resulted in three drivers being transported to Danbury Hospital for various injuries received in the multiple-impact incident, state police said. Also, another driver and a passenger reported pain, but refused medical transport, state police said.

  • 12/14 Recovery Partners Update Charitable Response Details

    In light of the recent report from the state Attorney General on the charitable response to the December 2012 tragedy, Brian Mauriello, Founder/Chair of the Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. issued an update to the community on behalf of several charitable funds. That group includes the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (NSHCF), Newtown Lions Club Foundation, Newtown Memorial Fund, Newtown Rotary Club and United Way of Western CT.

  • State Releases Report on Charitable Response To 12/14 Tragedy

    HARTFORD — The charitable response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, was immediate, worldwide and exceptionally generous. But challenges emerged for both newly established and existing organizations as they struggled to manage the volume of donations, identify the needs of the community, and coordinate with other organizations.