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  • To Vape Or Not To Vape? E-Cigarettes Raise Questions

    The month of March was a busy one for legislators concerned about the proliferation of e-cigarette use among the country’s youth, the lack of regulation for sales of e-cigarettes to minors at state and federal levels, and advertising directed at young people that glamorizes “vaping” in much the same way that conventional cigarettes were once marketed.

  • Failed Gutter-Heating System Causes House Fire

    At about 8:12 pm on Saturday, March 29, about 25 volunteer firefighters responded to an automatic alarm from a home at 54 Mt Pleasant Road where a system used to electrically heat drainage gutters failed, causing a house fire, officials said.

    Fire officials described damage to the house as moderate to significant. A damage estimate was not available. There were no injuries.

    Two women were home at the time of the fire at the Laurans residence, which lies just west of Mt Pleasant Road’s intersection with Diamond Drive.

  • Questions (And Answers) About CT’s New Girls’ Detention Unit

    When the state’s child welfare agency announced it needed to open a locked facility for troubled girls who break the law, state legislators had a list of questions they needed answers to if they were going to give the Department of Children and Families the $2.6 million needed each year to operate the center.

    Weeks later, the state agency has answered the 20 questions posed to them by legislators, the General Assembly’s budget-writing committee has signed off on funding the new program, and girls now live at the 12-bed facility.

  • Gun Rights Activists Protest State’s Gun Law

    HARTFORD (AP) — Gun rights activists gathered outside the Connecticut State Capitol over the weekend and protested the one-year anniversary of the state’s wide-ranging gun control law.

    The legislation was signed into law on April 4, 2013, in response to 12/14.

    A pro-gun rights organization, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, organized the Saturday afternoon rally.

  • Local Attorney Now Attending To Clients Of Paul S. Lux

    James M. Powers, Attorney at Law, LLC, of New Milford announces that, effective immediately, it will be attending to the clients of recently deceased Attorney Paul S. Lux of Lux & Timmel LLC in Newtown.

    Attorney William C. Timmel will continue his practice independently in Newtown.

    James M. Powers, Attorney at Law, LLC will continue to maintain an office in Newtown, in addition to the firm’s New Milford and Southport offices.

  • Making Room For More Tennis At Treadwell

    Soft ground bore scars left by heavy machinery as Parks and Recreation crews dug out 21 tree stumps Wednesday at Treadwell Park.

    Pine, hemlock, and several birch trees that came down several weeks ago, leaving behind stumps, will make way for a future tennis court project, said Recreation Director Amy Mangold.

  • Council Unanimously Passes Zero-Increase Budget Request To Voters

    “One and done!”

    That was the final comment of longtime budget critic and Legislative Council member Dan Amaral as he stood with fellow council members, and the Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education before him, in unanimously passing next year’s zero-increase budget request to voters.

  • Absentee Ballots Available For April 22 Referendum; Absentee Voting Hours April 19

    Following the approval of the Legislative Council on April 2 to send a request for $111,066,204 to voters to cover town and school services, along with annual debt service for capitol projects (carried in the Board of Selectmen budget), Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead has announced that absentee ballots for the April 22 referendum will be available beginning Friday, April 4.

  • Two Residents Honored By White House As ‘Champions Of Change’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Newtown residents, the father of one of the 12/14 victims and the daughter of a 12/14 survivor, have been named Champions of Change by The White House. All of this year’s honorees are gun violence prevention leaders, recognized for taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence.

  • Regional Dispatching Plan Raises Concerns

    Although town officials have long been exploring the prospect of regionalizing municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to improve cost efficiency, Police Commission members this week voiced strong concerns about it, stressing that such an arrangement could do more harm than good in terms of town police operations.