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  • Police Reports January 9 - 16, 2014

    Shelton House

    Police report an incident at Shelton House, a large vacant building at the town-owned Fairfield Hills campus, at about 2:30 pm on January 12.

    Police said they received a report that some people had illegally entered Shelton House, which is adjacent to the Newtown Municipal Center. Police said they went to Shelton House and found three people in the area, two of whom had illegally entered the building through an unsecured window.

  • Fire Reports | January 9-15, 2014

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

    Thursday, January 9: 7:59 pm, hazardous condition, near intersection of Barnabas Road and Hawleyville Road, Hawleyville responded; 9:23 pm, alarm, 19 Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded.

    Friday, January 10: 11:15 am, alarm, 20 Alder Lane, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Organizers Hope ‘Shell Shocked’ Screening, Panel Discussion Promotes ‘Bridge Building’

    RIDGEFIELD — Organizers of a documentary screening and panel discussion set for Monday, January 20, at 7:30 pm, at The Ridgefield Playhouse hope the event will inspire increased collaboration between urban communities that witness gun violence on almost an hourly basis, and communities like Newtown, whose experience with gun violence on December 14, 2012, continues to attract global attention.

  • Foley Courts Gun Owners Without Promising Sandy Hook Repeal

    MIDDLETOWN – Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley told the state’s largest gun group Tuesday night that he would block further gun-control legislation if elected, but he has no plans to seek repeal of the sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws approved last year in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Volunteer Fire, Emergency Medical Response Companies Not Required To Provide Health Insurance Under Obamacare

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Volunteer fire departments and emergency medical responder companies will not be required to provide health insurance for their members or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act, the US Department of Treasury announced on January 10.

  • NHS Principal Dumais Named Superintendent For Amity Regional School District

    Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais was chosen unanimously by the Amity Regional School District #5 as that district’s new superintendent of schools at a meeting of that district’s Board of Education Monday, January 13.

    Just after the news started to spread, Mr Dumais posted an announcement called “Transition” to his blog about the appointment.

  • Connecticut Plans To Launch Open Data Portal

    Every time an inmate enters or leaves a correction facility in Connecticut, a database is updated so the state has an accurate count of its incarcerated population. And each day, those numbers are used to produce a chart on the state’s website.

  • FFH Authority Elects New Chair, Reflects On 2013

    The final Fairfield Hills Authority meeting of 2013 indicated changes to come for 2014.

    The role of chairman has passed from James Bernardi to authority member Thomas Connors.

    Noting his “last night as chair” at the December 18 meeting, Mr Bernardi said, “I’ve got to thank you all for being volunteers dedicated to making the campus better for our town. You do it because you are dedicated, you donate your time, and I am proud of the work you all do.”

  • Church Members Explain Reasons For Planned Land Sale To Hook & Ladder

    Representatives of Trinity Episcopal Church, which plans to sell land to the Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighting organization for construction of a new firehouse, have explained church members’ thinking in terms of their recent decision to sell the land.

  • Brookfield Dispatcher Keeps Job After Newtown Comments

    BROOKFIELD (AP) — A public safety dispatcher in Brookfield is being allowed to keep his job despite an outcry over a comment he posted on Facebook about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.