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  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    The Hattertown Historic District, with an alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • $1.5M Federal Grant to Reimburse Agencies for 12/14-Related Costs

    US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, December 17, that a $1.5-million federal grant will be provided to reimburse organizations and agencies that provided direct support to the victims, first responders, and the Newtown community in the immediate aftermath of the 12/14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provided the grant to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, which administers funding for services to victims of violent crime.

  • Newtown Shooting Has Galvanized Disparate Anti-Gun Groups

    WASHINGTON — The Newtown tragedy has galvanized gun-control groups and turned victims of gun violence into advocates like no other mass shooting in US history.

    In the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, new coalitions have been formed as have new gun-control organizations, including Mothers Against Gun Violence, a PAC created by former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords — a victim of a mass shooting herself — and Newtown Action Alliance.

  • Weather Cancellations

    St John's Sandy Hook has postponed its 5 pm memorial service scheduled for Saturday until tomorrow, Sunday evening at 5 pm. There will be no 9:30 am service at the church Sunday morning. 

    The Al Hedaya Islamic Center has postponed this afternoon's planned events. New date TBA.

    C.H. Booth Library has closed for the day, and will be closed tomorrow.

    The annual Living Nativity at St Rose has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Sunday, to follow the 5 pm Mass, according to church's website.

     EverWonder Children's Museum is closed today.

  • Garner Prison Gets A New Warden

    A new warden has taken charge at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison for men at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    Henry Falcone, who served as a deputy warden for operations at Garner under former warden Scott Semple, has been named the prison’s new warden.

    Mr Semple was Garner’s warden from mid-2009 until November 26. Mr Semple has been promoted to the post of deputy commissioner for operations for the state Department of Correction (DOC).

  • One Year Ago, Monroe Stepped Up To Help A Neighbor In Need

    As Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed said recently, the effort Monroe went through to help Newtown following the events of 12/14 was “complex and extremely important.”

    Within days of the tragic shooting, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra announced Monroe’s willingness to help by providing a new home for Sandy Hook staff and students at its then-mothballed Chalk Hill Middle School.

  • Police Officer With PTSD Awaits Departure Talks

    A Newtown police officer who responded to the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School, and who has been off work since then due to subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), said that the town has not yet contacted him to negotiate the terms of his expected departure from the police department.

    Officer Thomas Bean, 38, who has been a police officer for the past 13 years, said December 5 that he has received no word on the matter from the town.

  • Interact Clubs Selling Trees For The Holidays

    From left is John, Catherine, Heather and Brian Pendergast, with the tree that will decorate their home for the holidays. The Pendergasts were one of many families who purchased a tree from the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs on Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8.

  • Gov Malloy Urging Drivers To Limit Travel On Saturday

    Residents hoping to purchase Christmas trees, do holiday shopping, run errands, attend 12/14 services, or anything away from their homes are being encouraged by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to get all of their work done as early as possible on Saturday.

    Gov Malloy urged residents n Friday, December 13, to avoid travel during the first significant snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches for most of the state from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.

  • When Connecticut’s Budget Realities Follow Tragedies

    State legislators sprang into action after the Newtown tragedy, allocating nearly $19 million for an array of initiatives on school safety, mental health and gun control.

    For the third time in six years lawmakers spoke decisively – and in bipartisan fashion – about crucial reforms made in response to tragedy.

    But with a sluggish recovery and a significant budget deficit looming after the 2014 elections, will those Newtown initiatives survive?