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  • Vice President Urges Strengthened Gun Control

    DANBURY — Vice President Joe Biden has urged Congress to swiftly approve a federal task force’s recommendations for strengthened gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in a December 12 shooting incident.

  • Raising Funds To Bring Newtown To St Patrick’s Day Parade

    New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is less than a month away, and one resident is raising money to bring members of the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard, representatives of the local fire companies and police department, and teachers and administrators to participate.

  • Superintendent’s Email To School Board Hints At Likely Departure

    Superintendent of School Janet Robinson dispatched an email to the Board of Education late Monday afternoon stating that the Stratford school board is poised to offer her that district's top seat at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 27. A short time later, Stratford Board of Education C...

  • Legislators Discuss New Laws In Wake Of 12/14

    A state legislative task force that is reviewing the issues of reducing gun violence, improving school security, and providing better access to mental health care in light of the December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is making progress toward fashioning new state laws intended to reach those goals, according to state legislators who spoke at a February 19 forum.

  • Newtown Legislators All Back Privacy Restrictions On Vital Records

    On Wednesday, February 20, Newtown’s delegation of legislators Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, DebraLee Hovey, and Dan Carter joined members of the local town clerk’s staff supporting a bill to better protect the privacy of Sandy Hook families and others following the...

  • Former Newtowner Pleads Guilty In Elaborate Fraud Scheme

    NEW HAVEN — Garrett L. “Denny” Denniston, 62, formerly of the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, has waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on February 14 before US District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to one count of wire fraud stemming from his operation ...

  • Familiar Faces Head New Foundation Distributing $9 Million

    Individuals with long and strong ties to the community are among the overseers of the newly launched foundation that will be charged with distributing more than $9 million amassed from donations being made to a United Way/Newtown Savings Bank fund since 12/14. Selectman Will Rodgers told The Bee February 20, that Monsignor Robert Weiss of St Rose of Lima parish, former Newtown Finance Director Ben Spragg, and Joe DeCandido, the former longtime finance committee chair of the Legislative Council will head up the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Inc.

  • Newtowners Paid $12 Million More After Retroactive Tax Increase

    As Newtown struggled through its 2011 budget process, Board of Finance Vice Chair Joe Kearney was also watching closely as Governor Dannel P. Malloy rolled out a retroactive personal income tax increase in an effort to close an anticipated shortfall in state revenue projections.

  • FFH Proposals Include Memorial, Museum, Soccer Stadium, Medical Center

    New and developing plans for Fairfield Hills were aired on Monday, including a 12/14 memorial, a proposal for the campus redevelopment, a children’s museum, and a mental health resource center.John Norwell, representing the Newtown Alumni Association, which came into being after 12/14, told the authority, “We’ve dedicated our efforts toward a memorial.” His group feels that Fairfield Hills “is the ideal property for that.” He sought the members’ thoughts and feedback this week to a proposal that would include central work done by Newtown native Travis Fulton, now living in Colorado.

  • Cluster Housing Complex Proposed For Castle Hill

    A local development firm is seeking preliminary approvals for the construction of a cluster housing complex that would be the largest newly proposed residential project in more than a decade. According to documents filed with the town public works departme...