Shawn Fields, the director of the C.H. Booth Library as of July 1, enthusiastically and thoroughly discussed the book he is currently reading, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by anthropologist Jared Diamond, in his first interview with The Bee, July 10. The book examines the different factors that effect populations as it seeks to answer the question of why civilization is the way it is, and the numerous reasons that contribute to why civilizations thrive or fail, from historical, biological, and anthropological approaches.
Newtown and Sandy Hook residents who may have been away, or missed the chance to get free passes to the July 22 Big Time Rush concert being held for the community at Fairfield Hills have another chance.
A trade group representing the firearms industry filed a federal lawsuit Monday using legislative procedural grounds to attack the lawfulness of the Connecticut gun-control law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, accuses the General Assembly of bypassing normal legislative procedures in passing the emergency-certified bill.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut.
The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.
Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon.
With the latest round of property tax bills arriving at Newtown homes in recent days, some local property owners saw fireworks a little earlier than Independence Day. According to local officials, many taxpayers may be facing significant increases in their property taxes now that a new fiscal cycle has begun with its newly set 33.32 mill rate, up from 24.54.
A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in assessed property value.
HARTFORD – With heat index temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the approaching holiday weekend, Governor Dannel P Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months.
A public forum will be held to receive input on the disbursement of the first release of funds from the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of $7.7 million.
These funds are to be distributed to the families most impacted by the tragic school shooting on 12/14, identified first and foremost as those who lost a loved one, and additionally two wounded teachers and 12 children who escaped from the two classrooms the shooter targeted.