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  • New Probate Court Database Will Be Key In Firearms Eligibility

    Vincent J. Russo, manager of communications and intergovernmental relations for the Office of the Probate Court Administrator of Connecticut has issued an announcement that the Probate Courts “expect to complete work this summer on a new database for use by state and federal authorities in checking the mental health backgrounds of citizens who seek to buy or own firearms.” The Mental Health Adjudication Repository (MHAR) will list those individuals who have had firearms eligibility rights terminated due to mental health adjudication in the Probate or Superior Courts, within the last 14 years. The Connecticut Probate Court website states that “When a Probate Court finds a person to be mentally incompetent, he or she may not buy, sell, own or possess a firearm, and his or her name is listed with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”

  • Monroe PD Orders Extra Security Precautions At Chalk Hill School Monday

    MONROE – Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed notified Sandy Hook School parents Monday afternoon that on the advice of the Monroe Police Department, recess was held indoors today at the Chalk Hill School, where the Sandy Hook children currently attend classes. Dr Reed forwarded the following message to the Sandy Hook parents:

  • Green Ribbon Ride Cuts ‘Historic’ Route Through Newtown

    A storm of motorcycles rumbled through Newtown from Shelton, on their way top Trumbull Sunday, May 5. Nearly 3,000 bikes took more than 30 minutes to pass by on the Green Ribbon Ride (riding to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels) sponsored by Newtown’s five fire companies. Tickets cost $20 per person to join the ride, with proceeds being paid out directly to children’s charities, the 26 Sandy Hook families, Newtown funds supporting survivors, the EMS, fire departments, police union, Al’s Angels, and the Center for Women & Families.

  • School Panel Facing High Emotions And A Delay On SHS Site Decision

    In the final minutes of a marathon five hour meeting May 3 that started with some raw and emotional input from Sandy Hook School staff, a Newtowner who played a key role on 12/14 sat down before a school building task force and described what he was witnessing. Gene Rosen, who found six students from the school in his neighboring driveway that fateful December morning and sheltered them until parents and police arrived, took a few moments to dial down his own emotions before he spoke. “I heard the agony of this process,” he said, his voice hitching. Mr Rosen lavished praise on the Sandy Hook School building panel members, technical team advisors, mental health consultants and a facilitator who moved deftly through numerous agenda items during that protracted session which yielded no final decision on the school’s future.

  • Woman Seeking Money Damages For Carnival Fall

    The town is among four defendants named in a lawsuit which seeks money damages in connection with an April 2011 incident in which a woman tripped and fell at a firefighters’ carnival held at the Newtown High School grounds. 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna AmusemeIn the lawsuit dated April 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna Amusements, LLC, of Orange; Botsford Fire & Rescue Company; Fire Marshal Bill Halstead; and the Town of Newtown.

  • Absentee Ballots Available; Special Hours May 11

    Absentee ballots are available for the May 14 second round referendum. The applications for absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Special hours for absentee voting will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to noon, at the town clerk’s office at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • State Police Charge Prison Social Worker With Drug Offenses

    State police have charged a social worker for prisoners at Garner Correctional Institution with two drug offenses in connection with an incident that occurred at the high-security prison on April 25. State police said they charged John Renzulli, 65, of Sou...

  • Green Ribbon Ride: Major Motorcycling Event Planned For Sunday, May 5

    Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The police-escorted ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newto...

  • A Month Of Promotion For Newtown’s Character Tree

    During the month of May, the Newtown Prevention Council in collaboration with the Newtown Police Department, and municipal government is set to promote Newtown’s Character Tree. The Character Tree reflects Newtown’s core character attributes: c...

  • A Look At What’s Next For Gun Safety

    The public is invited to attend a presentation by Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and activist for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence; Elliot Fineman, president and CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC); and Josh Horwitz, executive director of th...