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  • Jury Deliberations In Heath Trial Resume Wednesday

    A 12-member jury at the murder trail of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater deliberated through the day on Friday, October 11, without reaching a verdict. The state alleges that Mr Heath beat his wife Elizabeth, 32, to death in April 1984 and then hid her remains in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown. The eight-man, four-woman jury is slated to resume deliberations on Wednesday, October 16, in Danbury Superior Court. The eight-day testimony phase of the trail started on September 26. Deliberations started on October 10.

  • Newtown Memorial Fund Accepts $44k From Cincinnati Foundation

    The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced it has received a contribution from The Jeff Ruby Foundation & Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Inc, a Cincinnati-based steakhouse operator. Mr Ruby, the company's owner and president, donated more than $44,000 raised in part from an event he hosted earlier this year to support the Newtown Memorial Fund.

  • Residents Sought For Board Vacancies

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

  • Newtown Fund Preparing For 2013 Holiday Basket Program

    This year’s Depot Day, which will fall on the first anniversary of 12/14, will take place with the Sandy Hook victims in mind. The day, planned through The Newtown Fund’s Holiday Basket Program to provide holiday goods and gifts to Newtown families in need, will take place this year on Saturday, December 14. Newtown Fund member Layne Lescault knew Depot Day shared the 12/14 anniversary. “We thought about moving it” to a later weekend she said, adding “but there is no way to do it and make sure everyone gets their gifts.” Instead, she views this year’s Depot Day as “a day to do something for the community.” In a recent e-mail, she wrote: “We want The Newtown Fund to embody the motto ‘We Are Sandy Hook, We Choose Love.’”

  • State Action Gets Sandy Hook School Project Off To A Fast Start

    Sandy Hook School demolition and remediation work is already running ahead of schedule, thanks to the state recommending remediation vendor Bestech also handle demolition work at the site. According to First Selectman Pat Llodra, late last Friday, October 11, the town received notice from the state that the town could move forward using Bestech for both remediation and demolition under a “professional services” designation, which means the town would not have to go out to bid for a separate demolition contractor. Mrs Llodra said retaining Bestech for both services is a plus for Newtown on several fronts. First, without having to go through a bidding process, the town can get a two to three week jump on work at the site.

  • State Police Release Details Following Recent Two-Truck Crash On I-84

    State police this week provided some details concerning a two-truck accident that occurred on Interstate 84 early on the morning of Thursday, October 3, resulting in major travel delays for several hours on the highway and adjacent local roads during the morning rush. The accident was caused when a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and instead hit a vehicle that was already on the side of the road, having pulled over after hitting a different deer.

  • DOT Commissioner Hears Riverside Area Residents’ Complaints

    A group of residents from the Riverside Road area of Sandy Hook gathered around Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and First Selectman Pat Llodra on Friday, October 11. Huddled in a circle near Center Street, residents voiced concerns about highway noise pollution and other related issues. Mrs Llodra said the meeting was a way to address the quality of life in the area. The commissioner’s visit, Rep Bolinsky explained, was to hear personal stories from community members.

  • Police Reports for October 4-10, 2013

    Police said that at about 10:43 pm on October 2, they stopped motorist Dana Bennett, 68, of Monroe to investigate on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Key Rock Road...

  • Trees Planted In Victory Garden To Honor 12/14 Victims

    Newtown’s Victory Garden was the site of a memorial tree planting ceremony and tree give-away on Saturday, October 5. Volunteers came prepared with gardening gloves, shovels, and hoes in hand to help in the planting. Newtown’s Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College, both in Minnesota, to plant 30 fruit trees in Newtown’s Victory Garden...

  • Town Planning CERT Training For Volunteers

    The town is seeking to expand the ranks of its certified emergency response team (CERT) with the goal of having sufficient volunteers available to donate their services, if needed, in times of public emergency. There currently are 18 active members of Newtown’s CERT unit, which was organized last year. To expand the number of CERT members, the town plans to conduct another CERT training program in late October/early November. CERT members typically assist emergency management staffers during storms and other emergencies.