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  • Police Action Results In Schools Lock-In

    UPDATE: The lock-in has been lifted from both schools. Police activity continues, one person reportedly in custody and situation is contained. * * * * * Newtown Police are responding to an unspecified incident in Sandy Hook. Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses have been put into lock-in mode. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed has told The Newtown Bee that the move is in response to a request from the police, to allow them to pursue their current activities.

  • Jo-Mar Drive Incident Prompts Heavy Police Response

    At about 11:45 am on Monday, a “lock-in” security condition was lifted at both the Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses in response to a police emergency that occurred on Jo-Mar Drive in Sandy Hook.Interim School Superintendent John Reed said the lock-in had followed a request from police to do so.In a statement issued mid-afternoon Monday, Newtown police Lieutenant George Sinko said that at about 10:16 am, Norwalk police contacted Newtown police and advised them that one of their off-duty officers had threatened to harm himself.Newtown police did not identify the Norwalk police officer, who is in his 40s.Norwalk police added that the unnamed officer was traveling to his wife’s home on Jo-Mar Drive, Lt Sinko said.Newtown police were dispatched to Jo-Mar Drive where the Norwalk officer’s unoccupied vehicle was located...

  • Sandy Hook School Referendum Passes By Wide Margin

    A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School. Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding. During the past two weeks, and especially in the past few days, advocacy for the referendum spread across town and the social networks residents tap into, with hundreds of residents calling for a yes vote on various Facebook pages, including The Newtown Bee's. At the same time, a small but vocal contingent of opposition kept its collective views regarding why the town should not accept a state grant of up to $50 million for the project.

  • Tree Planting And Harvest Festival At Victory Garden Saturday

    With a last-minute reminder to volunteers ready to plant small fruit trees Saturday, October 5, Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin asked participants to bring a long handled round faced shovel for planting the trees, and if possible, a metal rake for spreading mulch. With an early glimpse at the trees which were in town and ready for planting on Friday, October 4, he said, “They’re quite beautiful.” He advised those ready to set the trees in the ground, “Make sure your tools are well marked.” Volunteers should arrive at Fairfield Hills at 9:45 am and the planting will begin at 10 am. There will be an introductory demonstration before the planting, and a more advanced demonstration afterward on fruit tree care for those volunteers who are taking home fruit trees of their own (30 trees). All volunteers are invited to attend one or both lectures. The tree give-away is at noon, and the tree care workshop, open to all, is at 12:30 pm.

  • Adaptive Sports Retreat Welcomes Veterans

    The Leaps of Faith Disabled Waterskiers Club hosted a successful Adaptive Water Sports Retreat for veterans September 20–22, at its lakeside location on Lake Zoar. “We had an incredibly diverse, dynamic, and amazing group of veterans and member...

  • Fruit Trees Will Soon Grow In Fairfield Hills

    Fresh fruit from apple trees planted in memory of the 12/14 victims will soon add to future Victory Garden harvests.  On October 5 at 10 am, garden founder Harvey Pessin and a team of community members and volunteers will celebrate a groundbreaking for the fruit tree ...

  • Bee Slates BOE Candidate Forum, Planning Profiles

    Each election season in recent years, The Newtown Bee has presented a live candidates forum in the run-up to local and state elections, as well as detailed coverage and profiles of all candidates for office. This year the newspaper is hosting a forum that will feature all the incumbents and challengers seeking a seat on the Board of Education, as well as presenting detailed profiles of all Democratic and Republican contenders on The Bee’s website, newtownbee.com. The live forum, as in year’s past, will be on stage at the Edmond Town Hall Theater, Tuesday, October 22 from 7 to 9 pm.

  • Light The Night Illuminates Blood Cancer Issues

    An estimated 400 people attended the Connecticut Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night fundraising event held from late afternoon into the night on Saturday, September 28, at Fairfield Hills.Kristen Angell, the LLS Light The Night/special events campaign manager, said September 30 that the organization is well on its way to reaching the $88,000 fundraising goal set for the Fairfield Hills event.Light the Night included a 2.2-mile walk on the Fairfield Hills campus in the nighttime during which walkers held aloft color-coded illuminated paper lanterns symbolizing their desire to cure blood cancers.Seventeen individual teams of fundraisers participated, representing about 300 people who registered for the event, Ms Angell said. Participants ranged from the very young to the elderly. The event ran for about three hours...

  • Saturday Referendum Calls Voters To Appropriate $50 Million Grant For Sandy Hook School

    Referendum polls will be open for all registered and qualified voters Saturday, October 5, between 6 am and 8 pm, at Newtown Middle School to appropriate $50 million in state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia-Halstead said mailed in absentee ballots for the referendum will be counted if received by Saturday, October 5. Voters may apply for their own referendum ballots in-person up until 4:30 pm Friday, October 4. Absentee ballots for the November election will also become available Friday, October 4.

  • On The Road To A New Firehouse

    Kathy Holick tucked a small green and white Sandy Hook rubber duck into her leather jacket. She soon hopped onto her husband Steve’s motorcycle as the two joined the fourth annual Firehouse Ride to support the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 in its effort to build a new fire...