• Veterans Honored At VFW Ceremony

    Clear skies and a cool breeze greeted the dozens of residents and students from Newtown Middle School attending the Veterans’ Day ceremony, Monday, November 11, at the VFW Post 308 property on Tinkerfield Road. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Clark, and a benediction, VFW Post Commander James Rebman stepped up to the podium and thanked the “patriotic citizens and students” in attendance. He noted that the benefits of Newtown children attending school on Veterans’ Day meant that they were learning more “about veterans and what we did,” than if they had the day off of school.

  • Ambulance Garage Walls, Frame Going Up

    Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney tightened his hard hat. He and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve entered a construction site filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, the beginnings of concrete walls, and steel framework outlining what will be a new $4.5 milli...

  • NAA Planning December 12 Volunteer Day, Vigil At National Cathedral

    Newtown Action Alliance hopes to rally support for a vigil in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the NAA sister organization, Newtown Foundation. The trip to Washington is meant to honor “the wants and needs of the Newtown community, as well as to honor the memories of those lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and across America,” according to Heather Smith, communications director of NAA. On Wednesday, December 11, participants will deliver letters and holiday cards, and ask lawmakers to join NAA members and gun violence victims from across the nation, the next day, in performing acts of kindness and volunteer work in the DC area.

  • 60 Years Later, Navy Vet Receives Korean War Service Medals

    It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but there was a last detail that remained to be accomplished for Stanley Polcyn, a US Navy veteran who served with distinction in that Southeast Asian conflict. In November 7 ceremonies held in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, Mr Polcyn received four medals for his service which were due him, but that he had never received. Representing the federal government, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty presented to Mr Polcyn those medals, putting some closure on his service with the US military.

  • Holiday Celebration Will Be Twice As Bright In Sandy Hook

    The annual holiday tree lighting in Sandy Hook Center will have an extra glow this year. Organizers will decorate and light two trees during December’s holiday festival — the evergreen on The Glen next to Sabrina Style, which is slated to come ...

  • Dog Park Closer To Completion

    Grass seed flew as Nelson Lopes pushed a spreader across sloping ground at the Park and Bark dog park site Wednesday, October 30. He worked with other Parks and Recreation Department crew members this week including Jim Tani, John Moore, Tom Pendergast, and John Benvenuti.

  • Project On Schedule— School Board Gets SHS Update

    Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School. Diversified Project Management is assisting the Public Building and Site Commission in managing the Sandy Hook School Project, Svigals + Partners was chosen to be the architect/engineers of the new school, and Consigli Construction was chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs. Aaron Krueger, project manager for Consigli Construction, reported that the project is proceeding according to schedule. “So far it is going very well,” said Mr Krueger. Julie McFadden, project manager for Svigals + Partners...

  • Open-Burning Season Has Started

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started. People who want to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center to fill out an open-burning permit form. There is a $5 fee for permits, and open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.

  • The Last Time Newtown Built A School In Sandy Hook

    “Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier. It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.

  • Fire Reports October 31 - November 6, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, October 31: 10:25 am, motor vehicle accident, near 85 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook r...