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  • Superintendent’s Letter Anticipates 12/14 Report Release

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed sent a letter home to district parents on Tuesday, November 19, in advance of an anticipated release of an investigatory report on the shootings of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School.

    The report is expected to be released on Monday, November 25, according to notifications received by local officials. Further details on the report are available here.

  • 12/14 Crime Report Release Due Monday

    The long-awaited investigatory report on the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, in which 20 first-graders and six adults died, is expected to be released on Monday, November 25, according to notifications received by local officials.

    That report had been expected to be disclosed earlier this year, but its author, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, repeatedly has said that the release of details of the investigation would have to await the completion of the full report

  • Halstead Named FCFCA Fireman Of The Year

    Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead has been named Fireman of the Year by Fairfield County Fire Chiefs Association.

    The group announced and presented the award to Chief Halstead during its monthly meeting on November 20 at Candlewood Fire Company in Brookfield. Bill Coffey of Padanaram Hose Co. and Chief Bill Davin of Monroe Fire presented Chief Halstead with the honor.

  • Chinese Nursing School Interested In Fairfield Hills

    Chinese delegates wish to “start right away” with plans for a nursing school to occupy several Fairfield Hills buildings, said Liping Wang, a realtor from Property World in Milford, and speaking on their behalf.

    After listening to the brief presentation, Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman James Bernardi called it an “intriguing proposal.” Authority member Renata Adler said, “This sounds outstanding.”

  • ASPCA Honors Catherine Hubbard As Animal Sanctuary Plans Take Shape

    In this drawing rendered by PH Architects, the entrance to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary would consist of a central entrance topped by red terra cotta tiles — the color of Catherine’s hair — and curved “arms” ending in a Welcome Center at one end of the plaza and an animal care center at the other. The Hubbard family continues to seek the donation of property on which to build the sanctuary honoring Catherine, who died 12/14.

  • CABE Report Highlights Community Preferences For A Superintendent

    Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Search Services presented a “Superintendent Leadership Profile Report” to the Board of Education, Tuesday, November 19.

  • School Board Thanks Departing Members

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein used some of her board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to thank and honor two departing members.

    The night marked the last meeting for members Richard Gaines and William Hart. Kathy Hamilton and Michelle Embree Ku, who were elected earlier this month, will take their seats on the board in December.

  • NHS To Try A ‘Morning Traffic Experiment’

    In a post to the high school blog, dumais.us/newtown/blog, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais announced a “Morning Traffic Experiment,” as the post was titled, early Tuesday, November 19.

  • General Electric's $15m Donation Will Build, Staff A New Community Center

    About a dozen Newtown residents who work for General Electric joined colleagues who are current or former loaned executives to the town, Martha Poulter, vice president and Chief Information Officer for GE Capital, and the Newtown Board of Selectmen to celebrate a $15 million gift to the community to build, staff and program a community center Monday evening at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • Lions Support WIN; Help From Residents Still Sought For Thanksgiving Baskets

    Newtown Lions Club member Dick Kovacs recently presented a check to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) President Colette Ercole and Vice President Audrey Locorotondo (photo at right) to support the local group’s efforts.

    WIN benefits Newtown all year around. The club’s November program, “Thanksgiving Baskets,” is a townwide event involving Newtown’s Department of Social Services, Girl Scouts, various churches and businesses, and individuals.