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  • What Will Newtown’s Community Leaders Be Doing On 12/14?

    Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com.

  • Police Announce Traffic & Parking Rules For Ram Pasture Tree Lighting

    UPDATE, December 6, 2013: The Ram Pasture tree lighting has been postponed to Wednesday, December 11, due to the weather of Friday, December 6. Same schedule (festivities to begin at 6:30, tree lighting at 7 pm). Police parking and traffic rules will follow the original schedule as well, from 5 to 8 pm.

  • NHS CAPT Scores Among Top In The State

    The Newtown school system has been informed by the Connecticut State Department of Education that Newtown High School is one of the 15 high schools in the state to achieve the highest classification of Excelling based upon the results of the state Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) test, as announced in a press release on Thursday, December 5.

  • Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    (December 5, 2013: This story has been updated to include information from Al Hedaya Islamic Center.)

    (December 9: This story has also been updated to reflect that St John’s Episcopal Church is not participating in an event at Newtown United Methdoist Church. St John's is hosting its own event on December 14.)

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  • Llodra Reports To Newly Seated Council On School Security Developments

    It was an odd image, seeing Jeff Capeci seated at an audience microphone during the public comments portion of Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting.

    But as he was briefly honored by newly elected council Chair Mary Ann Jacob for his years of elected service, the former chairman had nothing but congratulations to offer.

    "I look forward to following everything you do," Mr Capeci said to the 11 members who gathered for the first meeting of their new two-year term. Council member Lisa Romano arrived later.

  • Main Street Flag Lowered For Jack Rosenthal

    Hook & Ladder firefighters lowered the flag on the Main Street flagpole this morning, to honor the late First Selectman Jack Rosenthal.

    Mr Rosenthal died on November 26. Calling hours are tonight, from 4 to 8 pm at Honan Funeral Home. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 am Thursday, December 5, at Newtown Meeting House.

  • Superintendent’s Letter Advises Parents Of 911 Calls Imminent Release

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed sent a letter to school district parents and staff members on Tuesday, December 3, in anticipation of the Wednesday, December 4, release of local 911 calls made to the Newtown Police Department during the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School.

    In the letter, Dr Reed explained the recordings will be released at 2 pm, and will be available through the offices of Cohen and Wolf in Danbury.

  • State Responders Involved In 12/14 Tragedy To Receive Compensatory Time

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that first responders and other state employees who were significantly involved with the direct response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year will be credited with forty hours of compensatory time under an agreement reached between the state and six unions representing the state employees.

  • Released 911 Calls Reflect The Intensity Of 12/14 Attack On SHS

    Recordings of the Emergency 911 telephone calls received by Newtown police from people at Sandy Hook School on the morning of December 14, 2012, reflect tension and fear in the callers’ voices as they urged police to rapidly respond to 12 Dickinson Drive to help them during Adam Lanza’s attack on the school.

    The town released the 911 recordings on Wednesday after blocking their disclosure for nearly one year due to privacy concerns.

  • Washington, DC Program To Honor Gun Violence Victims

    The Newtown Foundation announced Monday, December 2, that four-time Grammy Award winner Carole King will perform at the December 12 vigil in Washington, DC, to honor the more than 30,000 people who die of gun violence every year in the United States.