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  • Local Realtors Seek Input From Residents

    Dan Carter asks realtors to present residents' housing and other concerns at April 10 Realtors at the Capitol.

  • A Newtown Contingent Joins NYC’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

    A contingent from Newtown filled four charter buses and headed to New York City Saturday morning for the 252nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard, along with members of Hawleyville and Sandy Hook Fire companies, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue, and a few teachers participated in the parade to represent. When the group arrived in Manhattan it was cloudy and a light snow was falling. By the time they began marching the snow was falling steadily.

  • Among First On Scene 12/14, Wellmore Staff Continues To Comfort Those Affected

    Behavioral health experts from Wellmore, a mental healthy agency based in Waterbury, were the first counselors to response to Sandy Hook, following the 12/14 shootings at the elementary school. In the three months since, the need has continued and evolved. The Wellmore professionals say they will continue to be available as long as the people of Newtown need them.

  • Sandy Hook Panel Urges Broader Gun Controls

    The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.The independent panel appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the shooting deaths of 26 children and women at Sandy Hook Elementary eschewed references to “assault weapons” and urged a ban on the possession of any firearm capable of firing more than 10 rounds without reloading. In an implicit rebuke to previous assault weapon bans and current negotiations that focus on military features, the commission said those bills forced cosmetic changes to firearms without reducing their “lethality,” which the panel closely links to high-capacity magazines.

  • Biologist Confirms Fisher Cat Sighting

    She saw the small, dark brown creature again, and this time got a picture. Laurie Borst captured digital images in mid-March of a narrow dark-bodied animal with a long, bushy tail walking through her yard. “I know my nature,” she said.  &l...

  • Diverse Goals For Lobby Days In Hartford

    Monday, March 11, was a day for firearms manufacturers and gun owners to have discussions with and educate state legislators on gun law legislation currently being negotiated, said Jake McGuigan, director of government relations and state affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), headquartered in Newtown.

  • Police Reports | February 8-March 12, 2013

    Pickup Vs Sedan A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Huntingtown Road on snow-covered pavement at about 9 am on February 8, police said. Motorist Joseph Cappe...

  • Finance Bd Pares School Budget Request By $750,000

    The Board of Finance has no line item authority over the school district budget request, but that did not stop its members from suggesting myriad ways the Board of Education and district administration could shave its $73,042,343 spending plan without necessarily eliminating key components like planned security enhancements, technology upgrades, facility maintenance and even full-day kindergarten. In the end, after nearly more than two hours of questioning school officials and deliberating several motions, the finance board settled on reducing the district’s proposed 6.54 percent increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year by a little more than one percent.

  • Town’s 12/14 Fund Swells, Foundation Poised To Staff Distribution Panel

    While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks. Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6.Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6. Based on the finance director’s report,the special revenue fund is still anticipating receiving $150,000 from a Sandy Hook memorial initiative and $50,000 from Danbury-based Praxair to underwrite the cost of a mental health professional

  • Fire Reports | March 7-14, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, March 7: 10 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded; 10:05 am, mutual aid, Dodgingtown responded;...