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  • State Review Panel Wants To Know More About Mental State Of 12/14 Perpetrator

    HARTFORD (AP) — Some members of a state commission reviewing the Newtown school shooting said December 20 they need more detailed information about the killer’s mental state. Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission also want to know his access to treatment before they can make any substantial recommendations concerning mental health policy.

  • Connecticut Sets Post-Sandy Hook School Building Standards

    State officials announced new school construction protocols Friday in response to the Newtown tragedy, including exterior surveillance, blast-resistant entryways and classroom door locks -- all features that might have stopped or slowed Adam Lanza's assault on Sandy Hook Elementary a year ago.

  • National Vigil Draws People Nationwide In Honoring Gun Violence Victims

    Four days after the December 12 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims in Washington, DC, conducted in remembrance of all lost to or affected by gun violence, Newtown Foundation spokesperson Dave Ackert was still emotionally moved by the event.

  • In 12/14 PTSD Case, Police Chief Withdraws Job Termination Recommendation

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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  • Legislative Council Unanimously Rejects Eminent Domain Option For Riverside Road Property

    As childhood friends, Riverside Road resident Susan Oberstadt and her future husband, George, used to play in the cow fields that were eventually developed to build Sandy Hook School.

    She became one of the first students to attend that new school back in the 1950s. Ms Oberstadt never dreamed that six decades later she would be sitting in a packed town council meeting fighting to keep her homestead from being taken by eminent domain so the town could enhance the development of a new Sandy Hook School.

  • ‘A Young Israeli Speaks Out,’ December 29 At Adath Israel

    Congregation Adath Israel and The Jewish Federation will present “A Young Israeli Speaks Out,” a talk by Nadav Weijel, on Sunday, December 29, at 2 pm, at Adath Israel

    Mr Weijel was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces for three years, including time patrolling the West Bank. In his 60-minute program, he will offer his views on the Israeli mentality, the challenges of being a soldier, and Israeli perspectives.  Before leaving the army he was chosen to accompany an American Birthright group.

  • Newtown Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Wednesday

    Due to the weather, all Newtown Public Schools will be running on a two hour delay on Wednesday, December 18.

  • Documentation Project Preserves A Sampling Of ‘Love Pouring In’

    At 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, in a super-efficient industrial furnace, it takes about three hours for four tractor trailer loads of materials to be reduced to one three-foot -square box of ashes — or “sacred soil,” as the cremated remains of the hundreds of thousands of items sent to the Town of Newtown after 12/14 are known.

  • Heath Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing His Wife

    A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old.

    A jury convicted Heath in October of beating his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

    The prosecution in the case had asked for a sentence of 53 to 60 years. The defense argued for a 25-year sentence.