• Stars of Hope Arrive in Newtown

    The utility poles in Newtown have always done extra duty as sign posts for tag sales and special events. And in recent years, they have supported an array of American flags along Main Street in the warmer months. But last weekend, the poles took on some extraordinary and encouraging adornments.

  • Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Sandy Hook School Fraud Case

    BRIDGEPORT — A Bronx, N.Y., woman on January 17 pleaded not guilty in US District Court to a criminal charge of lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in Newtown.

    Nouel Alba, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count of making false statements to federal agents, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Alba is represented by a public defender.

  • Will Newtown Make A Difference?

    When the 2013 legislative session convened in Hartford on Wednesday, state lawmakers sat down to the usual agenda of budget conundrums, but overshadowing this normal partisan tug-of-war over finances were the events in Newtown on December 14. Consequently, hearings will be scheduled soon on possible gun control legislation, and the leadership of the Democratic legislative majority is calling for a “bipartisan approach” to the issue. Last week, Governor Dannel P.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Station Adds A Constellation Of Remembrance

    Twenty-six copper stars were attached to the roof of the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station on New Year’s Day, representing the lives that were taken 18 days earlier at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Trumbull resident Greg Gnandt, who has close ties to Newtown, spearheaded the project. It is one of the first permanent memorials to the victims of December 14.

  • 2013: Starting Out In The Right Place

    Entering this new year, we are feeling more world weary than ever before after a fateful 2012 that saved its worst for last. It was a year that rebranded Newtown from that “nicer” place to what one network news anchor called “the saddest place on earth.” But these labels are mostly for those on the outside looking in — convenient classifications, evocations, for those who can’t ever quite know a place where they don’t live.

  • Feds Crack Down On Fundraising Fraud

    HARTFORD — Bronx, N.Y., resident Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested on December 27, on a federal criminal complaint charging her with lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, according to a federal spokesman.

  • Retraction And Apology

    An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.

  • Police Union Seeks Funding For Trauma Treatment

    As police this week continued their probe into the December 14 incident involving 28 shooting deaths, including 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the lawyer who represents the Newtown Police Union is seeking help from the town, state, and federal governments to extend paychecks for "three to five" town police officers who were so traumatized by the incident that they have not yet been emotionally able to return to work.

  • Counseling And Support For Newtowners

    In light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, several agencies are be offering open forums for parents, caregivers, nd educators on how to help children and their families. Other organizations will be offering special programs to help children and adults work though what they are thinking and feeling. Residents are reminded that all of Newtown’s clergy have opened their doors for those who are seeking spiritual guidance, whether or not one is a regular attendee of any house of worship.

  • First Steps To The Future

    It is difficult to think about the future when the crucible of the present moment is still too hot to touch. But we do know that when Newtown emerges from this awful and intense chapter of its continuing story, things will be different. The trauma of this time, the sorrow it has stitched into our hearts, and this new enduring suspicion that security is a mirage, will frame the future we construct for ourselves.