• Church Gets Wetlands OK; Housing & Diner Review Continues For Hawleyville Proposal

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members this week approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for Grace Family Church, Inc, which proposes the construction of a church on Covered Bridge Road to replace its existing church about one mile away at 174 Mt Pleasant Road (US Route 6).

    The IWC unanimously approved the permit on November 18, with members Kristen Hammar, Craig Ferris, Suzanne Guidera, and John Davin voting in favor.

  • Sandy Hook School Foundation Awards District $500,000 Grant

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.

    The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.

  • Sandy Hook Village Tree Lighting Planned

    The two trees in the center of Sandy Hook are shown shortly after both were lit for the first time last December. This year’s trees lighting ceremony, an event hosted by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5. 

  • Danbury Man Pleads Not Guilty In Rebong Murder Case

    NEW HAVEN — A Danbury man has pleaded not guilty in federal court to three criminal charges alleging that he murdered a Newtown man in Danbury in 2000.

  • The ‘Silver Bridge’ Is Silver Again

    The intricate trusswork of the 308-foot-long Silver Bridge has been repainted, with the span again having a silvery color. Until recently, the bridge had been painted brown. The new paint job is part of an ongoing $4.47 million state renovation of the 1936 bridge, which spans the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, connecting Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury. The bridge, which has carried alternating one-way traffic for the past several months, will soon carry two-way traffic again.      

  • Sandy Hook Memorial Tree Dedicated

    UPDATED Friday, November 20, 2016: This story has been updated to include comments by Newtown resident Pat Tenney. Additional photos have also been added to the story.


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Residents of Charlotte gathered recently for a special ceremony in a park that features a playground built to honor those killed on 12/14. This time the gathering was to formally dedicate a sculpture, The Sandy Hook Memorial Tree, which was created to honor people most in Charlotte had never met.

  • 3rd Annual 26 Days Of Kindness Begins Today

    Ashley Petersen (née Bochino), who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a child, started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the women and children who were killed on 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the educators and first grade students who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Hawleyville Sewer Expansion Bidding Expected Soon

    In early December, the town expects to seek competitive bids for the construction of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project, a town official said this week.

    Fred Hurley, director of public works, said that bidding documents for the project are being refined to explain to bidders the work required for the project.

    At a February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development.

  • Newtown Holiday Craft Festival

    The Newtown Holiday Craft Festival will take place in the gymnasium of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on Sunday, November 29, from 11 am to 5 pm.

    Organizers are planning a “great holiday shopping opportunity.” The festival is being presented by Artisans Alliance.

    Admission is free.

    For more information call 203-513-8690.


  • Field Notes: Bears In The Periphery

    New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance.