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  • Police Investigation Into School Threats Continuing

    Police said this week they are continuing to investigate a threat made against St Rose School midday on November 14, which resulted in the parochial school at 40 Church Hill Road briefly being put into “lockdown” mode as a protective measure.

  • Officials, Agencies Respond To Latest 12/14 Survivors’ Testimony

    Newtown officials and spokespersons for state agencies involved with supporting both immediate victims and survivors of 12/14 responded to queries by The Newtown Bee following testimony last week by two surviving families to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The 16-member panel appointed last year by Governor Dannel Malloy is tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety.

  • In Response To Petition, Jay Leno Cancels Appearance At Gun Industry Trade Show

    Newtown Action Alliance, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Campaign to Unload announced Wednesday, November 19, comedian Jay Leno’s decision to cancel his appearance at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), an annual event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the gun industry. Mr Leno’s cancellation came just hours after the three gun violence prevention groups had launched a petition Wednesday morning, calling on him to take this action.

  • VFW, Others, Hosting Toys For Tots Collection

    Newtown Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 308 is conducting its Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program through mid-December.

    Collection boxes will remain at the post on Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), until Friday, December 19. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are welcome.

    For more information, contact post member Dave Silber at Dave4Handyman@gmail.com.

  • Flags To Full-Staff At Sunset

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing flags in Connecticut to return to full-staff at sunset today, Thursday, November 20.

    Flags have been flying at half-staff in honor of Judge John T. Downey, who died early Monday.

  • SHES Site Work Ramping Up As State Delivers $5 Million In Grant

    After clearing trees and stumps from the footprint of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, site work to make the new foundation area stable will commence in the coming days according to a Consigli Construction spokesperson.

    At the same time, the State of Connecticut has scheduled the next installment of an approved $50 million in funding by awarding the latest round of grants requested to cover costs related to the construction project.

  • "Pilobolus Performs With Newtown:" Special Public Performance With RIS Students, December 19

    The Washington Depot-based After School Arts Program (ASAP) has announced that fifth and sixth grade students at Reed Intermediate School will perform with dancers from Pilobolus Dance Theater on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm.

  • Holiday Basket Program Needs Donations By Friday

    Nearly two dozen Newtown families still need help from the public as Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season approaches.

    According to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Many Monaco, who contacted The Newtown Bee on November 18, there are 20 families still up for “adoption” through the WIN Thanksgiving Basket program.

  • Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

    United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

  • The Preserve At Newtown: Wetlands Agency Approves 23-Lot Residential Subdivision

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week granted a wetlands/watercourses protection permit to the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision in Dodgingtown.

    IWC members unanimously approved the application on Wednesday, November 12, following several months of review and public hearings on the plans for the 167-acre site.

    The project is proposed by developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.