• Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Starts Its Work

    At its initial meeting on Thursday, January 24, Governor Dannel P. Malloy told the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission that the panel is “important and historic.” The governor said that the commission’s work in reviewing the tragic December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School is intended to make children and the state itself a safer place. The governor recently appointed the 16-member advisory panel of experts and legislators to study and make recommendations on how school safety can be improved, how mental health services can be enhanced, and how gun violence can be controlled.

  • Local Residents March On Washington For Gun Control

    In the biting cold of 4 am, with a nearly full moon still high in the dark January 26 sky, 52 residents of Newtown, Sandy Hook, and area towns filed onto a bus parked at the Routes 25/111 commuter lot in Trumbull. Bearing posters with slogans like “One gun death = too many! 10,000 = national disgrace,” “Don’t Fund Your Retirement with Blood Profits!” and “Newtown Demands Action! We Choose Love,” carrying pillows, blankets, and thermoses full of hot coffee, the riders were headed to the March on Washington for Gun Control.

  • Intense Storm Leaves Many Without Power

    A high-intensity storm bearing strong winds and heavy rains blasted through town early Thursday morning, bringing down power lines in scattered locations, creating electrical outages. As of 11 am on Thursday, 1,280 customers, or 11 percent, of the Connecti...

  • Hartford Comes To Newtown For Hearing On Gun Violence Prevention

    Drizzle fell on a line of residents Wednesday, some waiting nearly an hour to attend or speak at a public hearing of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. As cars streamed into the Newtown High School lot, residents Jan Neuberger and her husband Bob Carter touted signs demanding safer gun laws. It turned out that the couple’s sentiment would be shared by a majority of speakers who plaintively and forcefully demanded that lawmakers craft and deliver common sense gun control measures, programs to better identify and help individuals with potential mental health issues, and ways to prevent individuals prone to violence access to the most destructive military-grade weaponry that wreaked so much destruction at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. The school’s auditorium began filling up during the 90-minute sign-up period as task force members from throughout the state — including Representatives DebraLee Hovey (R-112), Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), and Dan Carter of Bethel (R-2) — seated themselves onstage.

  • Board Reviews Selectmen’s Proposed $38.5 Million Budget

    Selectmen Monday night quickly approved the general government’s roughly $4 million portion of the overall first selectman’s proposed $38.5 million 2013-14 budget. They will review other portions of the overall proposal continuing next week. The municipal spending plan, which does not include the $73,042,343 Board of Education proposal, is a 1.9 percent increase — $731,155 — over the 2012-13 budget. The complete proposed budget summary and budget details can be viewed on the town’s website at Newtown-ct.gov. “We tried to be very, very conservative in our requests,” First Selectman Pat Llodra said Tuesday. She noted the “difficulties of the economy and circumstances the town finds itself in now,” but she has to find a balance to support “the stability and growth of our community.”

  • Police Chief Meets With Obama To Discuss Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and other law enforcement officials Monday as part of the White House’s policy to reach out to the public in the hopes it pressures Congress to approve gun con...

  • First Permanent Memorial To Sandy Hook School Victims Is Dedicated

    An invitation-only audience of a few hundred people attended the formal dedication ceremony on January 26 of the first permanent memorial to honor those who were killed on 12/14 at Sandy Hook School.

  • 26.4.26 Foundation Hand Delivers $30,000 From Nashville

    Robbie Bruce of Nashville, Tenn., saw an article about the way the Newtown Youth Academy (NYA) opened its doors to students and families following 12/14. Like many people from across the country, he wanted to send his support to Newtown, and specifically to NYA. He started the 26.4.26 Foundation as a fundraiser, and was in Newtown, with friends, to donate $30,000 to NYA as a result of a recent challenge to fellow athletes.

  • Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Sandy Hook School Fraud Case

    A Bronx, N.Y., woman on January 17 pleaded not guilty in US District Court to a criminal charge of lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to 12/14. The woman reportedly had used the Internet to falsely portray herself as the aunt of Noah Pozner, 6, one of the 20 first grade students who was killed on 12/14.

  • Community Conversation Continues

    Many voices said rebuild, knock down, memorialize, during the second “Community Conversation” on what to do with the Sandy Hook School building following the events of 12/14. Others said they want to see the school building in use again. The se...