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  • Fire Reports, November 14 - 20, 2013

  • Fire Reports, November 14 - 20, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:    Thursday, November 14: 3:27 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 182 Berks...

  • Superintendent’s Letter Anticipates 12/14 Report Release

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed sent a letter home to district parents on Tuesday, November 19, in advance of an anticipated release of an investigatory report on the shootings of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. The report is expected to be released on Monday, November 25, according to notifications received by local officials. Further details on the report are available here.

  • 12/14 Crime Report Release Due Monday

    The long-awaited investigatory report on the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, in which 20 first-graders and six adults died, is expected to be released on Monday, November 25, according to notifications received by local officials.That report had been expected to be disclosed earlier this year, but its author, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, repeatedly has said that the release of details of the investigation would have to await the completion of the full report...

  • ASPCA Honors Catherine Hubbard As Animal Sanctuary Plans Take Shape

    Jenny and Matthew Hubbard and their son Freddy are traveling to New York City Thursday, November 21, to accept the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award, presented in memoriam to their daughter Catherine Violet Hubbard, who died 12/14 at the Sandy Hook School.

  • CABE Report Highlights Community Preferences For A Superintendent

    Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Search Services presented a “Superintendent Leadership Profile Report” to the Board of Education, Tuesday, November 19. The report highlights findings from more than 20 focus group meetings and interviews held between September 20 and November 7, according to the report, and reflect “key characteristics and qualities desired in the new superintendent” shared by participants. Jacqueline Jacoby and Mary Broderick attended the meeting, while fellow CABE Search Services team member George Goens was unavailable to attend. “The profile will be used to review...

  • School Board Thanks Departing Members

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein used some of her board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to thank and honor two departing members. The night marked the last meeting for members Richard Gaines and William Hart. Kathy Hamilton and Michelle Embree Ku, who were elected earlier this month, will take their seats on the board in December. “I would like to take a moment to recognize two very distinguished members of our board who are departing,” said Ms Leidlein...

  • NHS To Try A ‘Morning Traffic Experiment’

    In a post to the high school blog on November 19, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais announced a Morning Traffic Experiment.“Morning traffic at Newtown High School is replete with challenges — parents dropping off students, student drivers, buses, commuters accessing I-84, two traffic lights, and a traffic control officer who tries to coordinate it all. It has been suggested that, even with all of the challenges, traffic conditions might be smoother without a traffic control officer directing the flow of traffic on Route 34 at the high school entrance,” Mr Dumais wrote.

  • Newtown Household Taps The Sun

    Every time Nina and David Stout run a home appliance or flip a light switch, they can thank the sun. Solarize Newtown celebrated its first solar installation at the Stout residence at 9 Grand Place on Saturday, November 9. With a yard clear of trees, Mr Stout said, “I have always known I had a really good house for solar.” The 40-panel, 10kw system now in place on the Stouts’ roof is expected to generate more than 100 percent of their electricity needs. Mr Stout said estimates that his system is at 108 percent, which means CL&P would cut him a check for the difference at the end of the year.

  • SUV And Bus In Head-On Crash At Fairfield Hills

    There is a curving section of Wasserman Way, just east of its intersection with Mile Hill Road South, which is especially hazardous during wet conditions, with many westbound motorists having been involved in accidents there. Most typically, the incidents are one-vehicle crashes in which westbound autos travel off the road, sometimes rolling over and sometimes ripping down sections of chain-link fence at the southwest corner of the Reed Intermediate School grounds. On the afternoon of Thursday, November 7 amid rainy, wet road conditions, yet another accident happened in the area, which has a posted 30 mph speed limit. That afternoon, a westbound SUV that encountered slick conditions went out of control, entered the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a full-size eastbound coach bus, resulting in heavy damage to the Honda. Police said that if the dynamics of the collision been somewhat different, the SUV driver could have been much more seriously injured.