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  • 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.

  • ‘Unity In Diversity’ Programs Preview, December 15-January 28

    The cable television program Unity in Diversity can be viewed on Charter CommunityVision Channel 192  each Monday at 12:30 pm and Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

    The program features interviews with prominent pastors, rabbis, imams, and other spiritual leaders of a variety of local faith communities. Viewers have an opportunity to learn more about Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Bahá’í, Unitarianism, or one of the many Christian communities, all in a nonthreatening manner.

  • Theater Review: Life Is A Game And ‘The Game’s Afoot’

    NEW MILFORD — Nothing says Merry Christmas like a good old fashioned, hilariously funny murder-mystery. Theatreworks New Milford’s holiday offering of Ken Ludwig’s The Games’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays is just that. Elaborately set in a grand mansion style country home on the Connecticut River, this riotous farce is good old fashioned fun, fun, fun.

  • Cut Your Own Tree At A Family Operation In Town

    One of the most recognizable symbols of the December holiday period — the Christmas tree — can be seen on car roof tops, if not already in windows of homes complete with decorations and all, with regularity as December 25 fast approaches.

    Time is running out for families or individuals to get their green, festive, scented reminder of the season. In Newtown, there are several options for residents and nonresidents alike, including family-owned, cut-your-own tree farms.

  • Theater Review: Nostalgia And Comfort For The Holiday Season

    SHERMAN —  On a very cold, rainy and dark Saturday night last weekend, comfort and warmth for the weary holiday soul was being served up at Sherman Playhouse by way of a heartwarming production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Philip Grecian. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, so I was excited to see the words played out as a live radio broadcast. I was not disappointed.

  • P&Z Considers New Zone For ‘Affordable Housing’

    A group of Walnut Tree Hill Road residents is monitoring the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) efforts to create a new zoning designation for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.

    The group is paying close attention since one of the two local sites now being eyed by developers for such growth is land lying between Walnut Tree Hill Road and Interstate 84.

  • 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.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Opens The Weekend

    A crowd gathered around the larger tree at Ram Pasture on Friday, December 5, for the 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting event.

  • Venezuelan Man Pleads Guilty To Making Telephoned Threats After 12/14

    HARTFORD — Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, of El Hatillo, Venezuela, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on December 11 in federal court to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in December 2012.