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  • Officials Winding Down Ambitious Schedule Of Post-12/14 Speaking Engagements

    It was not more than a few weeks after Newtown’s 12/14 tragedy that invitations began pouring in to several key community leaders. Many were from fraternal organizations in law enforcement and emergency communications looking to Police Chief Michael Kehoe and a number of 12/14 police responders, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Emergency Communications Director Maureen Will, for advice or guidance born of their experiences on that horrific day. The public officials have helped as many groups as they could since the beginning of the year. Mrs Llodra has issued a request to town officials to curtain or begin restricting future travel to speak about 12/14 and related issues. “It’s time for us to not be so present in those discussions,” she told The Bee. “It’s time to turn back to our business here.”

  • School Board Approves New Administrators Contract

    The Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract between the Newtown Association of School Administrators and the Newtown Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, October 1, resulting from negotiations that began on July 3l. This ...

  • Medical Examiner Describes Attack At Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY — The chief state medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the skeletal remains of Elizabeth Heath testified in court on October 2 that her injuries indicated she had attempted to defend herself from her attacker before she was beaten to death by blunt-force traumatic head blows.H. Wayne Carver, MD, who recently retired from his state post, testified in Danbury Superior Court as a prosecution witness in the murder trial of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater.

  • School Superintendent Search Continues

    Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche said, during the board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, the district’s search for a permanent superintendent of school is going well. She said consultants from CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) have been busy over the past month to put together focus groups with community stakeholders. Ms Roche said they have met with board members, the first selectman, senior citizens, clergy members, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members, central office staff, building administrators, and more than 100 staff from different schools...

  • NHS To Seek Variance For Electric Entrance Sign

    The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.“The installation of an electric sign is something we wanted to run by the Board of Ed before going to Planning and Zoning,” said NHS Principal Charles Dumais. “It requires a variance from Planning and Zoning. We wanted to know whether or not we had the board’s support in moving forward with this...

  • Testimony Continues In Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – A half-sister of John Heath, who had worked with him as a commercial painter, testified in court on Tuesday, October 1, that she told him that she smelled “something that was dead” in the barn on his property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, at some point not long after Mr Heath had allegedly murdered his wife Elizabeth in April, 1984, hiding her body in a drywell beneath the barn’s floor. Louann Chevalier testified in Danbury Superior Court on the second day of the murder trial that Mr Heath responded that maybe there was something dead in the barn, perhaps wildlife, such as a bat.

  • Library Board Of Trustees Must Balance Town And Private Support

    The C.H. Booth Library operates under an “interesting duality,” said Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra in an e-mail to The Bee, last month. “It is housed in a municipal building, its employees are in our pension plan, we subsidize (in part) the library program with taxpayer money, and more — all indicators consistent with ‘public.’ However,” explained Mrs Llodra, “we do not supervise their employees, they are not part of our unions, the Library Board is responsible for maintaining the building, and the majority of the board are not appointed by the Selectmen.”

  • Newtown Public Schools, Community Focus Group

    The Newtown Board of Education is inviting the community to participate in the superintendent search process. The board is asking community members to attend a focus group to provide input about the strengths, challenges, and leadership qualities desired in the next superintendent. The Community focus group is scheduled for Monday, October 7, at 6:30 pm Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall...

  • UWWC, Newtown Rotary Joined By Newtown Memorial Fund For Immediate Needs Fund

    Shortly after the events of 12/14, The Rotary Club of Newtown, United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) and the Office of Victim Services (OVS) worked together to develop the Immediate Needs Fund. The purpose of the fund was two-fold. First, it helped to meet the short-term (3-6 months) financial needs of Sandy Hook families, teachers and first responders experiencing temporary loss of income due to the tragedy by helping cover basic household expenses. Second, it helped cover the cost of seeking counseling and mental health services by those impacted by the tragedy. Since then, UWWC and Newtown Rotary have spent more than $540,000 to help cover everything from heating oil, electricity, mortgages and car payments to counseling bills for over 130 households. The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. now joins this effort as a new partner. The process remains the same for individuals seeking assistance, but now increases the dollars available to the community to ensure support will last longer.

  • Minor Fire Temporarily Closes Newtown General Store

    UPDATE (9:40 am): Health Department Director Donna Culbert has cleared Newtown General Store to reopen for business. ***** Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville firefighters were alerted at 7:07 am Monday of a fire at Newtown General Store at 43 Main Street. Initially reported as a structure fire, the incident was soon downgraded to an “appliance fire.” Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said that a gas-fired cooking range had ignited while in use. There were no injuries. Damage was minimal. Health Department Director Donna Culbert was planning to be at the store by 10 am, she told The Bee Monday morning. She hoped to be able to clear the business to reopen “in time for lunch traffic,” she said.