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  • Valedictorian And Salutatorian Credit Supportive Families For Success

    Newtown High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian both credit their families with support and encouragement throughout their academic years.

    Class of 2014 Valedictorian Anne Beier and Salutatorian Amisha Dave were both honored, along with other top students in their graduating class, at the Board of Education’s June 3 meeting.

    By June 4, both girls admitted to already pondering the speeches they will deliver before their fellow graduates at the 2014 NHS graduation commencement ceremony, set for June 17.

  • Authors And Illustrators Offer ‘New Stories For Newtown’

    Authors and illustrators offered different activities and presentations at Reed Intermediate School on Saturday, June 7, for the 2nd Annual New Stories For Newtown event.

    The day before, Friday, June 6, authors and illustrators also visited Newtown’s schools to offer individual presentations at local schools.

  • Party Raises $50,000 For Hubbard Foundation Animal Sanctuary

    NORTH SALEM, N.Y. — In a touching tribute to the life and legacy of a first-grader lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation hosted the first Catherine’s Butterfly Party, on Sunday, June 8. The family-focused fundraiser benefited the creation of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which is proposed for a site at Fairfield Hills.

  • Kehoe Honored By Police Commissioners Association

    ORANGE — Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe received a Distinguished Chief Award on May 28 from the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut.

    Chief Kehoe received the award at an association banquet held at the Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

    Also receiving distinguished chief awards that night were Ansonia Police Chief Kevin Hale and Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik.

  • Superintendent Looking Toward 2025; NHS Assistant Principal Hired As Principal In Watertown

    With the news that Newtown High School Assistant Principal Paul Jones has been hired to be the next principal at Watertown High School, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, reflected on all the recent changes to the district’s leadership.

    Mr Jones was voted by the Watertown Board of Education to start as Watertown High School’s principal on July 1 during a special meeting held on Monday, June 9.

  • Police Commission Member To Become Middlebury Police Chief

    A Police Commission member is resigning from that elected position to take the job of police chief at the Middlebury Police Department.

    On June 3, James Viadero, 54, who was serving the first year of his second four-year term as a Police Commission member, submitted his letter of resignation to the commission. Mr Viadero, a Republican, was first elected to the commission in November 2009.

  • ‘A Day Of Shared Experience’ Emphasized Resiliency

    BETHEL — On Saturday, May 31, more than 200 Newtown community members gathered at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel with approximately 45 members from communities across the country who have been affected by acts of mass violence to discuss their experiences of loss, healing, and post-traumatic growth.

  • Officials Remind Residents About Tax Bill, Auto Stipulations

    Around this time of year, the energy level in the town assessor’s and tax collector’s offices begins to peak. That is because in the next couple of weeks local auto and residential tax bills will start going out, with the anticipated flood of tax reimbursements beginning to flow back in a few weeks later.

  • Police And Garner Staff Participate In Special Olympics Torch Run

    Seen running during the Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 6, in the front row, from left, are Newtown police officers Matthew Wood, William Chapman (carrying torch), Steven Siecienski, and John McDermott.        

  • P&Z Approves Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Applications

    Following a June 5 public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) created the regulatory mechanism known as a “moratorium,” which allows the land use agency to suspend the filing of applications on certain specific types of land uses, if deemed necessary.

    After that action, the P&Z then voted to enact such a one-year moratorium on applications for the local growing and/or dispensing of “medical marijuana.”