A fire heavily damaged a ranch house on Fox Run Lane South on February 28. Estimating damage at $75,000, Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Cavanaugh said he didn’t know whether the house could be repaired of if it would have to be demolished. Nobody was home when the fire was reported at 5:41 pm by a woman who was in the neighborhood. The fire started in a family room at the rear of the house. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 45 minutes. About 4,000 gallons of water were used.
Occupation: I’m a banker with People’s United Bank. I’m a reserve manager, so I cover the offices in Monroe, Newtown, and Southbury.
Family: I’ve been married for 15 years to Betsy. We have two kids. Rachel is 8 years old. She is a third grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We have a son who was stillborn, three years ago, named Andrew. We miss him tremendously.
“Before the flood, our energies merged with one another, before the torrent, our speculation had no boundaries; now the source has run dry and earth creeps into its prophesized ending. How soon we forget to bleed, and how to buzz.”
VFW members and supporters often stand on the corner of Mile Hill Road and Main Street South to show their patriotism when events such as The CT United Ride, an annual motorcycle ride that honors those lost on 9/11, runs past the post as it moves through Newtown. It is just one way the VFW Post has been part of the community since it was chartered in March 1939. The public is invited to join current and former members to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the post on Sunday, March 2.
The father of two young children, Newtown resident Dr Michael Baroody saw the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, as “an assault on our soul, with no verbal way to communicate what had happened. I felt like I had lost my own kids, but I realized that my world is not just my living room. These Newtown children are our kids and it is our responsibility to protect our kids.”
It is Monday morning, February 17, and 3-year-old Genesis Fuentes is visiting the office of The Newtown Bee. Unlike most toddlers who would be racing to and fro, jabbering, or excitedly grabbing at the numerous knick-knacks within reach, Genesis sits quietly in the lap of her 22-year-old cousin, Melanie Lopez, brown eyes set in a thin face, curiously gazing about the room and smiling shyly.
The Klondike Derby is a winter scouting skills and leadership competition that has been sponsored annually by Boy Scout units since 1949. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Crews gather for the daylong event, working in teams and vying for points earned at several skills stations set up along a course.
Under the tutelage of creative writing instructor Chris Belden, inmates of Garner Correctional Institute have published three editions of a literary magazine, Sentences. Issue number 4 is ready to be printed, with more original prose and poetry, Chris says, but funding is needed. “If just 30 people donate $10 each we will be able to print enough copies to distribute to the inmates,” he tells me, and anyone who donates $10 will receive a copy.