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  • Absentee Ballots Available, Special Saturday Hours For Next Referendum

    The next town referendum, to vote only on the proposed education budget, will be held on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 am until 8 pm, in the Newtown Middle School gymnasium. Absentee ballots are available for the referendum during Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center. In addition, the Town Clerk’s office will have special hours on Saturday, June 1, 9 am until noon, for the sole purpose of absentee ballot voting for June 4.

  • With Biters And Special Needs Canines, The Newtown Pound Is Going The Extra Mile For The Dogs Nobody Wants

    It used to be that dog pounds were the end of the line for problem dogs. If initial attempts to place them in new homes failed, it was only a matter of time before they were put down Newtown’s latest animal welfare policy does includes provisions for euthanasia, but those provisions are so narrow and restrictive that even the most problematic dogs have a good chance to live out their natural lives, even known biters.

  • Newtown Moves Closer To Emergency Dispatch Consolidation

    State officials serving on the Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, a panel convened by House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), announced a number of proposals May 23 that could help municipalities cut costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Among those ideas was a call to regionalize or centralize emergency communications from the multitude of separate centers throughout the state to just a handful of facilities. This proposal appears to have the potential to gain significant traction in the next legislative session, according to state officials.

  • Flags Should Be Lowered For Memorial Day

    All flags should be lowered to half-staff today, in honor of Memorial Day. They should remain lowered until sunset this evening, which will be 8:12 pm. President Obama released a proclamation on Friday, a "Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2013," which said in part:  “Since...

  • Newtown Denied Bid To Postpone Hearing On Records

    Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December's school shooting. An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.

  • State Makes $5 Million Available For School Safety

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the first round of funding on ...

  • Senate Passes Additional Newtown-Related Bills

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said 12/14 helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.

  • US Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant To Newtown To Further Support Recovery Efforts

    The U.S. Department of Education announced on May 24 it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following 12/14, when 20 first-graders and six educators. This grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.

  • Duck Race Change Of Plans: No Race, Raffle Drawing At 2:30

     Less than 24 hours after telling The Newtown Bee that the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race would go on, rain or shine, event chair Bob Schmidt has announced that the weather has changed the day's plans after all. There are no exhibits or vendors at the park at 5 Glen Road in Sandy Hook...

  • Rain And More Rain Changes Duck Race Plans

    Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race. Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chai...