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  • Families Of 12/14 Victims File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    HARTFORD (AP) — A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

    The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it is a military weapon unsuited for civilian use.

  • Peace Light To Be At Troop A Barracks Tuesday

    SOUTHBURY — The Catholic Committee on Scouting of The Diocese of Brooklyn and the Catholic Chaplain of JFK International Airport announce the 2014 arrival of the Peace Light from Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem to the United States.

    The public is invited to visit Troop A barracks, 90 Lakeside Road in Southbury, on Tuesday, December 16. The Peace Light will be available between noon and 4 pm for those who wish to light their own candle or oil lamp.

  • Alumni Fund's Gift Will Go Into Parks & Rec Campership Fund

    NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect NAF’s current tax status.

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    Representatives of The Newtown Alumni Fund (NAF) visited the Newtown Parks & Recreation office on Friday, December 5, where they delivered a $1,000 donation for the department’s Campership Fund. The donation will help pay camp fees for children next summer.

  • Second Annual Night Of Song Planned

    Trinity Productions invites the public for its Second Annual Night of Song, scheduled for Saturday, December 20, in Sandy Hook Center.

    All are invited to gather around the Christmas tree at 2 Washington Avenue (at the corner of Church Hill Road), at 6:15 pm. Singing will be from 6:30 until 8 pm.

    “We would like to spread some cheer as we sing holiday carols this season,” said Cindy M. Miller, coordinator of Trinity Productions.

  • Quiet Life Pumped Up For Edmond Town Hall Concert

    The Quiet Life — from left, Philippe Bronchtein, Sean W. Spellman, Ryan Spellman and Thor Robert Jensen — is planning to pump up the crowd December 20 when they headline the ninth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall concert series. Opening is Newtown bluegrass guitar/mandolin phenom Korey Brodsky (below).

  • Pilobolus & RIS Students: The Perfect Dance Partners

    Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm.

  • Proposed Tire Recycling Operation Would Be Narrower In Scope Than Originally Planned

    An industrial firm has told Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members that it plans to reduce the scope of its controversial proposal to create zoning regulations to allow the recycling of scrap tires.

    Moses Velez, president of MAAK Environmental Corporation, told the P&Z at a December 4 pubic hearing that the firm was withdrawing its pending application on proposed scrap tire recycling regulations and would submit a revised application which is narrower in scope.

  • Borough Approves Hook & Ladder Firehouse

    Following a 90-minute public hearing attended by about 50 people, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members on Wednesday, December 10, unanimously approved issuing a special zoning permit to Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, for the construction of a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site at 12 Church Hill Road.

  • Mental Health Needs Persist Two Years After School Shooting

    (AP) Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse... Two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist.

    “Here it is two years later, and it’s still hard to deal with. But God, you didn’t want to know me two years ago,” said Beth Hegarty, a Sandy Hook mother who happened to be inside the school that day with her three daughters, all of whom survived.

  • Governor Directing Flags To Half-Staff On Sunday

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.