NEW HAVEN — Garrett L. “Denny” Denniston, 63, formerly of Sandy Hook, this week received a sentence of more than eight years in federal prison for operating a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that bilked dozens of people out of funds, including some Sandy Hook residents who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In US District Court on Tuesday, July 9, Judge Janet Bond Arterton gave Denniston a 97-month prison sentence to be followed by three years of probation,
The Board of Education unanimously appointed Kathy Hamilton, formerly Kathy Fetchick, to fill a vacant seat, left open by board Secretary Cody McCubbin, at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 10.
Ms Hamilton, who has served on the Legislative Council since September 2010, previously served as the Board of Education’s vice chair.
Shawn Fields, the director of the C.H. Booth Library as of July 1, enthusiastically and thoroughly discussed the book he is currently reading, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by anthropologist Jared Diamond, in his first interview with The Bee, July 10. The book examines the different factors that effect populations as it seeks to answer the question of why civilization is the way it is, and the numerous reasons that contribute to why civilizations thrive or fail, from historical, biological, and anthropological approaches.“I’m a voracious consumer of information,” said Mr Fields
The Town of Newtown has released another “Question & Answer” document to review the next steps in the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project.
The document is the third of a series, and the town also announced it will continue to provide updates throughout the rebuilding process.
In May, the Sandy Hook School Task Force voted to recommend to the Newtown Board of Education that the current Sandy Hook School building be removed and a new elementary school be built on a modified version of the current site.
Newtown and Sandy Hook residents who may have been away, or missed the chance to get free passes to the July 22 Big Time Rush concert being held for the community at Fairfield Hills have another chance.
Organizers have released another 500 tickets, and they will become available to qualified residents Friday, July 12 at noon.
A trade group representing the firearms industry filed a federal lawsuit Monday using legislative procedural grounds to attack the lawfulness of the Connecticut gun-control law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, accuses the General Assembly of bypassing normal legislative procedures in passing the emergency-certified bill.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut.
The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.
Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon.
On behalf of the alliance, Ms Scails transferred the HealingNewtown Arts Support Fund money to The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). The charitable fund had been established by the alliance to support Newtown, specifically through the arts and in partnership with NCAC following 12/14.
With the latest round of property tax bills arriving at Newtown homes in recent days, some local property owners saw fireworks a little earlier than Independence Day. According to local officials, many taxpayers may be facing significant increases in their property taxes now that a new fiscal cycle has begun with its newly set 33.32 mill rate, up from 24.54. But some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate increases are falling on three types of homes according to Assessor Chris Kelsey: over-55 condos, waterfront parcels and residences, and high-value properties scattered across town.