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  • Families Of 12/14 Victims File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    HARTFORD (AP) — A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

    The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it is a military weapon unsuited for civilian use.

  • Peace Light To Be At Troop A Barracks Tuesday

    SOUTHBURY — The Catholic Committee on Scouting of The Diocese of Brooklyn and the Catholic Chaplain of JFK International Airport announce the 2014 arrival of the Peace Light from Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem to the United States.

    The public is invited to visit Troop A barracks, 90 Lakeside Road in Southbury, on Tuesday, December 16. The Peace Light will be available between noon and 4 pm for those who wish to light their own candle or oil lamp.

  • Recovery And Resiliency Team Looks Back, Forward After Six Months

    After six months on the front lines, Newtown’s six-member Recovery and Resiliency Team (RRT) is taking stock of its progress while turning a wary eye toward the future.

  • Borough Approves Hook & Ladder Firehouse

    Following a 90-minute public hearing attended by about 50 people, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members on Wednesday, December 10, unanimously approved issuing a special zoning permit to Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, for the construction of a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site at 12 Church Hill Road.

  • Having Breakfast With Santa

    Newtown Parks & Recreation hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 6.

    Craft tables were available, two therapy dogs attended, Mad Science of Stratford’s “Messy Mel” Salguero and “Mathematical Mike” Elwell performed during the event, and a line of children was constantly waiting to visit with Santa.

    Many parents took photos of their children posing with Santa during the event.

  • Mental Health Needs Persist Two Years After School Shooting

    (AP) Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse... Two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist.

    “Here it is two years later, and it’s still hard to deal with. But God, you didn’t want to know me two years ago,” said Beth Hegarty, a Sandy Hook mother who happened to be inside the school that day with her three daughters, all of whom survived.

  • Governor Directing Flags To Half-Staff On Sunday

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Esty, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce $775,000 Federal Grant to Newtown

    WASHINGTON, DC – On December 12, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced a $775,914 grant from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to victims and their families, first responders, and members of the Newtown community in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Hawleyville Tree Lighting Chilly, Festive

    From festooned fire trucks and the “Mini Rockettes” from Dance Etc, to fresh-baked fire truck-shaped cookies and special guests Mr and Mrs Claus, the annual Hawleyville holiday tree lighting December 7 was packed with fun and festivities befitting the season.

    All the merchants at 23 Barnabas Road pitched in with refreshments, but Donna Ball’s (pictured with Hawleyville Captain Bill McAllister) custom-baked fire truck cookies seemed to be the big hit of the event.

  • P&Z Considers New Zone For ‘Affordable Housing’

    A group of Walnut Tree Hill Road residents is monitoring the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) efforts to create a new zoning designation for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.

    The group is paying close attention since one of the two local sites now being eyed by developers for such growth is land lying between Walnut Tree Hill Road and Interstate 84.