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  • Foundation Issues Last Call For Survey, Hoping To Hear From More Responders, Young Adults

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is almost ready to close out and begin analyzing the results of an online survey it published in mid-December.

    The foundation's grant distribution committee hopes to review survey findings to learn about unmet needs, and how its members can assist individuals and specific groups with the remaining $4.3 million.

  • Demonstrators Protest NSSF’s Firearms Trade Show

    Several dozen demonstrators who favor strengthened gun control conducted a news conference on Monday morning, January 13, across the street from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) on Mile Hill Road to endorse tighter gun controls, a cause energized by the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook School, in which 20 first-graders and six school staff members were killed.

  • Optimism Colors Remediation Progress At C.H. Booth Library

    Following flooding on January 4 at C.H. Booth Library from sprinkler pipes that froze and burst, sending a deluge of damaging water through the first and second floor sections of the 1998 addition to the historic building, cleanup continued on Monday, January 13.

    Much of the initial remediation work by professional property damage specialists J.P. Maguire was finished, said C.H. Booth Library Acting Director Beryl Harrison.

  • Finance Board Weighs Senior Tax Relief Options

    Noting that a number of “bright, informed” residents are “looking for a gesture from the town,” regarding additional tax relief, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze stressed that he wanted his “[board members] to have the dialogue” during a January 7 special meeting.

  • $70,000 In 12/14 Charity Donations Missing, State AG, IRS Getting Involved

    This report was updated January 15 adding details from Senator Chris Murphy and state Attorney General Geaorge Jepsen.

     

    Senator Chris Murphy is calling for the Internal Revenue Service to open an investigation into a Nashville, Tenn. charity formed in the wake of 12/14 that has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running.

  • Father of Newtown Gunman Willing To Help Sandy Hook Commission Obtain Health Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — The father of the 20-year-old gunman who committed the Newtown school shooting said Friday he is willing to help provide his late son's medical records to the state commission reviewing the massacre and attempting to make recommendation on changes to mental health policy.

  • School Board Communications Panel To Offer Budget Newsletters

    Following a report by Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche, the school board voted unanimously on Tuesday, January 7, to allow its Communications Committee to send budget newsletters on behalf of the board.

    Ms Roche explained the procedure was used last year, but the Communications Committee wanted the school board, with new members, to vote on it for this year.

  • School Board OKs New NHS Graduation Requirements

    After Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recommended a course of dealing with upcoming state high school graduation requirements, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, January 7, to increase requirements for the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

     During the school board’s December 3 meeting, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais outlined possible needs and ways to meet the state’s 2020 graduation requirements.

  • First Snow Of The New Year

    The first snowstorm of 2014 arrived in Newtown less than 48 hours into the new year, and it left a few inches of powdery snow in its wake. Students were sent home early on January 2 — afternoon preschool students never even went to school on Thursday — when the snow arrived a little earlier than expected. Classes at all schools were cancelled on Friday, January 3, and many businesses stayed closed for the day or opened late. The worst of the storm had passed through town by late Friday morning.

  • School Board Approves Unexpended Education Funds Account

    After being presented by Business Director Ronald Bienkowski, the Board of Education unanimously approved during its meeting on Tuesday, January 7, a request for the Board of Finance to establish an unexpended education funds account.

    A public act enacted in June of 2011, Mr Bienkowski said, allows for the use of an unexpended education funds account for school boards.