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  • FFH Authority Enters A New Phase, Chairman Says

    What will the Fairfield Hills Authority’s role be in the future? This and other topics including building upkeep and prospective tenants to occupy the nearly 80-year-old former state hospital buildings topped the list for conversation at the first authority meeting this year.

  • Company Apologizes For Using 12/14 Crime Scene Photo To Market Window Treatment

    A South Carolina company that has installed protective window coverings at the US Capitol and other buildings around the world is apologizing for an email advertisement that used a photo of the shot-out entrance to Sandy Hook School.

    The Associated Press reported January 31 that Commercial Window Shield of Taylors, S.C., sent an email Tuesday to school officials across Connecticut. The email said the window coverings can stop bullets and keep out intruders.

  • Town Poised To Secure DOJ Grants For Long-Term Recovery Efforts

    Newtown officials and a GE representative working with the first selectman’s office are about a week away from filing for approximately $6 million in grants from the US Department of Justice that the town intends to use to fund several new, nongovernment professionals who will help deliver sustained and targeted mental health and recovery support in the community.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    The Economic Development Commission, with a position available to any registered voter; last day to apply is February 3.

  • Federal Judge Upholds Sandy Hook Gun Law

    A federal judge in Hartford Thursday dismissed a constitutional challenge to the sweeping gun-control legislation passed in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook School massacre.

    Gun owners challenged the law on several fronts, including what the state called "an absolutist" Second Amendment claim that the possession of types of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines banned under the law was a constitutionally guaranteed right.

  • Protective Order Violations Against Former Resident: Police Arrest New Haven Man On 186 Felonies

    Newtown police said that after learning that they held warrants for his arrest, a former resident came to the police station on January 24 and was charged with 186 counts of violation of a protective order.

    Police said that William A. Bruno, 44, of New Haven came to the police station and was arrested on the charges, after which he was released on $100,000 bail for a January 27 arraignment in Danbury Superior Court. The 186 charges are felonies.

  • Fire Marshal Offers Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead noted this week that during the past year, malfunctioning clothes dryers have caused three structure fires in town.

    Most recently, on January 2, a malfunctioning clothes dryer caused a house fire on Thunder Ridge Road in Sandy Hook that resulted in approximately $500,000 in property damage.

  • Bruce ‘Will Cooperate Fully’ With Authorities

    NASHVILLE, TENN. — A Nashville, Tenn., television station has reported that Robbie Bruce, the co-founder of an organization created in the wake of 12/14 to raise funds for those directly affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will cooperate fully with authorities who are investigating claims that he misappropriated $73,000.

  • Longtime Officer Becomes Police Sergeant

    Jeffrey Silver, 36, who has been a town police officer for nearly 15 years, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, in which capacity he will oversee the activities of patrol shifts at the police department.

    After interviewing three candidates for the position, Police Commission members on January 28 unanimously selected Mr Silver for the post, according to Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico.

    “[Silver] has quite a ranking on his written/oral [test] scores,” Mr Mangiafico said.

  • School Board Budget Review Focuses On Security

    While continuing its review of the superintendent’s proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education took up the topic of security during its workshop meeting on Thursday, January 30.