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  • HealingNewtown Storefront Closing Wednesday; Plans Take Shape For New Location

    Good news came with the bad on Tuesday, May 21: HealingNewtown Arts Space will close its doors at its current 5 Queen Street location on Wednesday, May 22, but volunteer director Rob Rabinowitz said he “hopes to hear good news soon” regarding leads on a new location. “We are negotiating for space…,” which will be announced. Until then, programming locations will be listed in the HealingNewtown.org calendar of events.In a short Facebook message this week also posted on HealingNewtown.org, Mr Rabinowitz said: “Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, effective Wednesday, May 22, 2013 the HealingNewtown Arts Space will close…” His message assures participants that the healing arts space allocated to the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission following 12/14...

  • Proposal Seeks To Lay Groundwork For Better Children's Mental Health

    In an effort that grew out of personal experience, advice from experts and the stories parents told in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the head of the legislature’s Committee on Children Monday unveiled a proposal aimed at making it easier for families to access mental health services for children.The bill is a first step, a framework for the mental health system, Sen Dante Bartolomeo, a freshman Democrat from Meriden, said as she outlined the measure, flanked by mental health experts and parents of those killed on 12/14.

  • Green Ribbon Ride Raised $50,000

    Checks for the approximately $50,000 in funds raised during “the one and only” Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride fundraiser and remembrance, held  on Sunday, May 5 will soon be in the mail to recipients, according to event co-organizer Anthony Capozziello. Mr Capozz...

  • Report: Lanza Toxicology Tests Show No Drugs Or Alcohol

    According to a published report, toxicology tests indicate that Adam Lanza, 20, of Sandy Hook had no alcohol or drugs in his body when he used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six female educators at Sandy Hook School on December 14. Thos...

  • New Home For A Local Fire Engine

    After Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue’s Engine 443 was damaged last year during October’s Superstorm Sandy, the truck was taken out of service. The cab had...

  • Memorial Commission Members Sought

    The Newtown Board of Selectmen is soliciting nominations for seven residents to serve on a Permanent Memorial Commission. The commission will provide the Board of Selectmen with recommendations on the nature, location, and financial details and ramifications of memorials for thei...

  • Garbage Ignites In The Waste Transfer Station

    About 30 volunteer firefighters from all five local fire companies responded to the town waste transfer station off Ethan Allen Road midday on Sunday, May 12, to extinguish a garbage fire within that large steel building. Botsford Fire Rescue Company Chief...

  • Heath Murder Case Jury Selection To Start In July

    DANBURY — Jury selection in the trial of John Sherman Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, who is charged with murder in the April 1984 death of his former wife, Elizabeth Gough Heath, has been scheduled to start in mid-July. At a May 15 closed, supervised pretrial conference among Judge Susan S. Reynolds, Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray, who is the prosecutor, and attorney Francis L. O’Reilly, who is the special public defender who represents Mr Heath, it was decided to start jury selection on July 16.

  • Finance Board, Council Cover School Security OT Costs

    The Board of Finance May 13 and the Legislative Council two days later, decided to delay using a budgeted fund balance allocation to offset some projected police overtime costs for school security. At the same time, the finance board and council approved additional transfers to more than cover overtime expenses accrued since April 1. The Bee reported last week that the Board of Selectmen approved using three sources to cover what Finance Director Robert Tait estimated could be as much as $180,000 in police school security overtime for the fiscal quarter ending June 30.

  • Lawmakers Call For Federal Funding For New Sandy Hook School

    US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty announced in a conference call Thursday, May 16, that next week they will introduce a bill into the Senate and House of Representatives to amend the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) fund, allowing it to provide funding to assist in reconstruction of school buildings.Currently, there is no federal funding available for the building of new schools. Project SERV traditionally funds “short-term and long-term education-related services for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted,” according to the US Department of Education website, ed.gov.“Since December 14, the community of Newtown has rallied together,” ...