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  • Don't Forget To Protect Your Pets From The Cold

    While some animals may bask in a bitter winter day, others would tell their owners how cold they are, if they could.

    Canine Advocates of Newtown President Virginia Jess agrees that some dogs may love the cold, “but not all,” she said. She has noticed her own dog’s discomfort. Of her 40-pound sheltie-collie mix, she said, “I know that when we walk our dog in the snow, she would pick up her feet and I would wipe them off, the salt gets in there.” She also warns, “Animals can get frostbite, too.”

  • Superintendent's Proposed Budget Outlines 0.75 Percent Increase

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed shared an overview of his proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the school board’s Thursday, January 23 meeting.

    After reviewing both increases and decreases, which include certified and noncertified positions, proposed in the budget, Dr Reed said the total change from the current 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget, is an increase of $534,730, reflecting a 0.75 percent change.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Receive Expert Testimony On Behavioral Health, Crisis Counseling Services Today

    HARTFORD –  The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is scheduled to meet today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, where they will receive presentations from several experts regarding issues related to behavioral health and crisis counseling services.
     
    The meeting begins at 10 am in Hearing Room 1A, and is expected to last until early to mid afternoon. 
     
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    Parks & Rec Reviews A $2.2 Million Budget

    A $2.2 million budget request for the Parks and Recreation Department represents a 1.1 percent increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Marks, who has spoken with First Selectman Pat Llodra as town budget discussions begin, said this week he believes “she is pleased with what we have submitted so far,” but is prepared to reduce the 1.1 percent as the funding request goes before town boards prior to a referendum.

  • Fire Reports | January 16-22, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, January 16: 1:42 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, January 17: 2:41 pm, alarm, 1 Beagle Trial, Botsford and Sandy Hook responded; 10:38 pm, alarm, 14 St George Place, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Local Official Looking To Assist Long-Term Unemployed Veterans Under 30

    On January 1, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead became Newtown’s first veterans contact specialist. The state-mandated position is charged with being a single point of contact and referral for any or all veterans issues at the local level.

    Ms Aurelia Halstead was the appointee to that position serving veterans living in Newtown. She was recently informed of a new and successful job program specifically for younger veterans who have been most challenged in finding permanent full-time employment.

  • Website Featuring Sandy Hook School Building Updates Launched

    A new website, SandyHook2016.com, has been launched to provide the public with updates on building the new Sandy Hook School, according to a brief release from First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Municipal, Senior Centers Available For Warming Chilly Residents

    First Selectman Pat Llodra, in coordination with Newtown’s Health District and local emergency management officials, announced that residents who may require a place to warm up over the course of the coming days can do so at two locations in town.

  • Selectmen Request $117,000 Budget Hike, Air Concerns About Staffing, Road Projects

    View the full detailed 2014-15 Municipal Budget proposal here.

    The opening session of the Board of Selectmen’s 2013-14 budget deliberations were as much an analysis of municipal spending over the past seven years as it was a review of anticipated spending for the upcoming fiscal cycle.

  • Prevention Council Sees Role In Recovery Efforts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Newtown Prevention Council Co-Chair Judy Blanchard outlined a possible new role for the council to play in town during its meeting on Thursday, January 16.

    The meeting was moved to Newtown High School’s library from C.H. Booth Library, which is still closed for remediation work after a January 4 flood caused by broken sprinkler pipes.