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  • Commemorating Dylan Hockley With His Favorite Color

    A large purple butterfly on the building’s front door greeted Newtown Bee employees on Friday, March 8, to honor Dylan Hockley, one of the student victims on 12/14, on what would have been his seventh birthday.

  • Malloy Signs Legislation For Sandy Hook Workers

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P Malloy held a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday to commemorate the passage of legislation that creates a special fund to assist individuals who suffered psychological trauma as a result of their work related to the Sandy Hook tragedy. He was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios, and others to mark the occasion.The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund will be funded through private donations and provide support to volunteer and professional workers, including first responders, school employees, and others, who are suffering from mental health issues as a result of the tragedy.

  • Interim Superintendent Search Continues

    A Board of Education special meeting for discussion and possible action on the appointment of an interim superintendent was never held Tuesday, March 12.Following a "nonmeeting," which lasted beyond the scheduled time for the special meeting, Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said her board was not prepared to make an appointment for an interim superintendent Tuesday.

  • Lobby Day On Gun Violence Issues Is Wed.

    March For Change of Newtown announces that Connecticut Against Gun Violence has invited state residents to support Lobby Day in Hartford, Wednesday, March 13."We need to show our legislators that we are not going away; that the Connecticut Effect is not wearing off; that we still demand change," according to literature sent to The Bee. "We encourage you to join us for a NEXT STEPS debrief at 10 am, followed by meetings with your legislators from 11 am to 1 pm. Please set these meetings in advance of the day." March For Change will attempt to accomodate requests for buses from Newtown to the State Capitol.

  • Facing Post-12/14 Expenses, Staffing, Police Assess The ‘New Normal’

    As time passes following the December 14 Sandy Hook School massacre of 20 children and six adults, town police officials are assessing the implications of the event in terms of future police staffing and the security levels that will be required at local schools.They also are considering the prospect of police activity returning to normal, as adaptation to new conditions occurs. The Police Commission and police command staff members discussed the many ramifications of the 12/14 incident at a March 5 session. Police Chief Michael Kehoe reported that police staffing requirements since the incident have resulted in the police department well exceeding its normal police overtime spending.

  • Technology Panel Will Focus On Gun Violence Reduction

    Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit group based in Newtown, has scheduled a news conference in San Francisco for Thursday, March 14, to explain its project to find innovative technological ways to reduce gun violence, according to a statement from the group. Sandy Hook Promise was formed after the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook School in Newtown which 20 young schoolchildren and six adults were murdered by a gunman who had shot his way into the elementary school.

  • PeaceBuilders Will Help Kids Become More Resilient

    PeaceBuilders, an initiative to bring kids from Newtown together in community service and fun activities, is preparing to launch on March 17.  Helping kids become more resilient after the tragedy of 12/14 is a priority of the group. PeaceBuilders will...

  • Team 26 Cyclists Head To Washington DC

    Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, DC, from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26. The group of 26 cyclists hopes to raise awareness for gun safety legislation - specifically, requiring all gun buyers to pass criminal background checks, instituting a ban of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, making gun trafficking a federal crime, including real penalties for “straw buyers,” and strengthening gun ownership restrictions for people with severe mental illness.

  • Historical Society Program Will Follow 19th Century Sunset To The West

    In a program called “Migrating Out of Connecticut,” hosted by Newtown Historical Society, Nora Galvin will take a look at the historic westward flow during the 19th Century.

  • Emblems Of Encouragement And Support

    To suitably display the many shoulder patches that the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company has received from various emergency service organizations since 12/14, members of the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc, of Virginia Beach, Va., have donated two large, custom-made wooden display cases to the volunteer fire company.