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  • Five Witnesses Testify As Heath Murder Trial Starts

    While cleaning out a decayed efficiency apartment in a barn at a Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown in April 2010, Jordan Wright of Redding made a grisly discovery: the skeletal remains of a woman who had formerly lived at that property and who had been reported missing to police by her husband 26 years earlier. Mr Wright, who owns the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property with his parents, told an eight-man, four-woman jury in Danbury Superior Court that to be certain his suspicions were correct, he contacted his father, Kenneth, who is a physician, who then confirmed that a large bone that had been uncovered was a human femur or thighbone. Jordan Wright was one of five witnesses who spoke on Thursday, September 27, during the first day of testimony at the murder trial of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater.

  • Justice Department Approves Grant for Police Staffing

    WASHINGTON, DC – US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, September 27, that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will provide $150,000 in 2013 fiscal year funding to Newtown to pay for two police positions to ensure school safety, such as school resource officers. “This grant funding will help to offer critical support for law enforcement and essential services to the community as Newtown comes back from a heartbreaking tragedy,” Mr Holder said in a statement.“Just over nine months after the senseless mass shooting at Sandy Hook, we remain committed to providing every resource we can to ensure that the children of Newtown can feel safe and secure at school and elsewhere...

  • Solarize Newtown Initiative Launched This Week

    Is your home suitable for solar power? Residents had a chance Tuesday evening to learn more about the Solarize Connecticut, Solarize Newtown launch, “a unique discount buying program that uses a tiered-pricing structure, town-supported education and ...

  • Council Authorizes Llodra To Produce Referendum Materials

    During a brief special meeting September 25, the Legislative Council authorized the First Selectman's Office to produce explanatory materials for voters ahead of the scheduled, October 5 referendum. The rare Saturday vote will ask residents to endorse or reject the state's gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the former Sandy Hook School building, and to construct a new school for the community. Polls will be open at the Middle School from 6 am to 8 pm that day, and absentee ballots for that referendum are available now.

  • Trustees Hope To Move Booth Library Forward

    Creating a library director search committee with a clear process, building trust between the board, the community, and the staff, moving the library forward effectively, and increasing the sense of a team working together were the key topics of the special meeting of the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, Tuesday, September 24. “We all have to do it together, and with transparency,” said board Vice President John Trentacosta.

  • Cluster-Housing Version Of Sherman Woods Slated For Wetlands Review

    The developer of a proposed major residential subdivision, which has been the subject of a court battle for the past four years, has submitted for town review a modified version of the project that would “cluster” single-family houses on the Sandy Hook site to maximize the amount of public open space land that would be preserved. The project, known as Sherman Woods, is the largest residential subdivision proposed for town since 2000. The site is in the Pootatuck River watershed. Developer William H. Joyce has submitted revised plans for the 42-lot Sherman Woods on 158 acres to the Inland Wetlands Commission for review.

  • SHS PTA Votes To Advocate For October 5 ‘Yes’ Vote

    Over two meetings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) unanimously voted last week to advocate for a Yes vote for the Saturday, October 5, referendum for the authorization for the town government to spend state money on demolishing, designing, and building a Sandy Hook School. According to Sandy Hook School PTA President Stephanie Burns, First Vice President Jennifer Taylor, and member Karen Holden, the meetings focused more on how to get people out to vote rather than on whether or not to advocate...

  • Town Releases Latest Sandy Hook School Project Q&A Document

    The Town of Newtown has developed its latest informational Q&A document to continue ensuring that residents are informed through the rebuilding process of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fifth document, released on September 26, provides an update on the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project and the referendum scheduled on October 5, 2013 to authorize the town government to spend money which has been granted by the State of Connecticut. The Newtown Board of Education, as members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force, endorsed the decision in May to remove the current Sandy Hook Elementary School building and build a new school on a modified version of the current site on Dickinson Drive. The next step in the process will take place on October 5, when Newtown holds that special referendum...

  • Police News, September 17 - 21, 2013

    DUI Warrant Police report that after learning that they held a warrant for his arrest, Thomas Santaniello, 20, of 2 Fox Hollow Lane, went to the police station about 6 pm on September 19 and was charged with four offenses in...

  • Fire Reports, September 19 - 26, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, September 19: 4:55 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hawleyville r...