• 12/14 Report Release May Not Be Until October

    Those awaiting the release of the long-awaited public investigatory report on the criminal actions of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 28 people including himself in Sandy Hook last December 14, likely will need to wait somewhat longer than initially thought, possibly until October. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said May 29 that the release of that report sometime in June is unlikely, with its disclosure coming at some later point. Lt Vance declined to say when that might be. “We will do a complete investigation,” he stressed, explaining that state police want to be thorough in probing the mass murder. After the police investigation is complete, it will be sent to Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, who would then write a public report on the case, Lt Vance said. Before any investigatory information is made public, state police plan to discuss the results of their probe with the survivors of those killed by Lanza, according to Lt Vance.

  • Veterans Commemorated At VFW Service

    While others in town fired up their grills, or packed up for a day at the beach or on the water, a number of Newtown residents gathered at the property of the VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road, just off of Wasserman Way, to observe the reason most Americans had the day off, Monday, May 27, Memorial Day. Kevin Booker and his son, Hunter, staked out a shady spot at the edge of the lawn, in anticipation of the VFW Post 308 annual Memorial Day ceremony. “We come every year to pay our respects to the troops. It’s the least we can do,” said Mr Booker. His mother’s seven brothers and his father’s five brothers all served in World War II, Mr Booker said, “So we try to keep Hunter plugged in to how fortunate we are, and the sacrifices our troops make for us.” “I’m here to support the troops,” said Sharon Siwik, whose son-in-law is the VFW Chaplain, Rich Monckton. “My grandson was in Afghanistan for awhile, too. I wouldn’t miss today,” Ms Siwik said.

  • June 13 Event In Washington, D.C. To Commemorate 12/14

    Newtown Action Alliance, a local grassroots organization committed to reducing gun violence, is sponsoring an all-day event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 13, to demand that Congress vote on and pass comprehensive background checks. The events will commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Carl Saunders’ Prayer for Peace

    O Lord, Father of All Men, We come to Thee in humble supplication. Thou knowest we have strayed much from Thy laws. Yet, O God, Thou hast blessed us abundantly, and our children. Thankful for these blessings ...

  • New Director Selected For C.H. Booth Library

    The Board of Trustees of Newtown’s C.H. Booth Library announces that Shawn R. Fields has been selected as the new library director, as of July 1. The search for a new director began last fall after longtime director Janet Woycik announced that she intended to retire June 30, 2013.Mr Fields, a resident of Oxford, received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s of library science from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005. He has served as the director of the Huntington Branch library in Shelton since January 2008.

  • Absentee Ballots Available, Special Saturday Hours For Next Referendum

    The next town referendum, to vote only on the proposed education budget, will be held on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 am until 8 pm, in the Newtown Middle School gymnasium. Absentee ballots are available for the referendum during Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center. In addition, the Town Clerk’s office will have special hours on Saturday, June 1, 9 am until noon, for the sole purpose of absentee ballot voting for June 4.

  • With Biters And Special Needs Canines, The Newtown Pound Is Going The Extra Mile For The Dogs Nobody Wants

    It used to be that dog pounds were the end of the line for problem dogs. If initial attempts to place them in new homes failed, it was only a matter of time before they were put down Newtown’s latest animal welfare policy does includes provisions for euthanasia, but those provisions are so narrow and restrictive that even the most problematic dogs have a good chance to live out their natural lives, even known biters.

  • Newtown Moves Closer To Emergency Dispatch Consolidation

    State officials serving on the Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, a panel convened by House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), announced a number of proposals May 23 that could help municipalities cut costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Among those ideas was a call to regionalize or centralize emergency communications from the multitude of separate centers throughout the state to just a handful of facilities. This proposal appears to have the potential to gain significant traction in the next legislative session, according to state officials.

  • Flags Should Be Lowered For Memorial Day

    All flags should be lowered to half-staff today, in honor of Memorial Day. They should remain lowered until sunset this evening, which will be 8:12 pm. President Obama released a proclamation on Friday, a "Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2013," which said in part:  “Since...

  • US Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant To Newtown To Further Support Recovery Efforts

    The U.S. Department of Education announced on May 24 it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following 12/14, when 20 first-graders and six educators. This grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.