• WCSU To Make First Scholarship Award In Honor Of 12/14 Victim This Fall

    Western Connecticut State University has announced it will make the first four-year award of a scholarship in memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall. It will continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university. Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. Days after the events of 12/14, the Greenes asked WCSU to create a scholarship fund as a way to honor Ana’s life, according to the university.

  • Park Tour Will Explore Restoration Proposal

    A special walking tour of Dickinson Park tour this week should be of particular interest to nature lovers, environmentalists, educators and others curious about the future of the town park. On Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 pm, guests will enjoy an open house tour of the fields and watercourses to learn about proposed improvements for the park, including wetlands restoration and an education center. Barbara Toomey, member of an ad hoc group formed to promote the park's improvements, called the plan "a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities." “It is a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities,” she said. “We hope to turn a plain lawn into a wetland with boardwalks, educational information, wildlife viewing areas, and much more.”

  • ‘Calm And Professional’ Dispatchers Honored

    During the 2013 National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference & Expo, held June 15-20 in Charlotte, N.C., NENA recognized a number of 911 professionals who were forced to grapple with unprecedented, tragic events in their communities in the past year. The June 20 presentation of a NENA/The 911 Association Presidential Award to Newtown’s Emergency Communications Center was unexpected for its director.

  • The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From June 21

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated June 21, 2013. The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee. Tune in weekly.

  • Task Force 'Tech Team' Reveals Details Of School Site Selection

    Long before a massive task force of 38 elected officials unanimously decided to raze and rebuild Sandy Hook School roughly on the site of the existing facility, a "tech team" consisting of town officials and volunteer professionals fanned out across Newtown reviewing 40 possible sites under consideration for the new school.

  • New Emergency Medical Service Center Could Soon Break Ground

    A six-bay, 14,500-square foot ambulance garage is a step closer to construction at Fairfield Hills. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVA) Board of Trustees on June 12 voted unanimously to move forward with an estimated $4.5 million new emergency medical service facility on the corner of Wasserman Way and Mile Hill South across from Reed Intermediate School. The NVA’s “commitment to the needs of the community, and the desire to serve those needs,” includes the investment of $3.2 million in board-designated reserve funds. Soon a fundraising campaign will begin.

  • Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Collection Reminder

    Residents of Newtown and anyone in the vicinity are reminded that Sandy Hook native John DiCostanzo, and a few friends, will be returning to Oklahoma for the second time since the fatal EF5 tornado of May 20. The Newtown Bee has a collection box in its front office on Church Hill Road, and will continue to accept donations until 1 pm Friday. Everything will be given to Mr DiCostanzo for his trip west. The former Sandy Hook resident is hoping to fill his trailer with items that will allow homeowners to continue cleaning and clearing their property, play therapy items for libraries, and even musical instruments and uniforms for high school students. Cash donations are also accepted, and donors are asked to include a note so that Mr DiCostanzo knows what to do with funds.

  • 12/14 Death Certificates Released

    Following a lengthy legal battle, the town has provided copies of death certificates for the 28 people who died during the violent incidents of last December 14 in Sandy Hook. On June 18, applicants representing news organizations including The Hartford Courant and CNBC received certified copies of the death certificates at the town clerk’s office.

  • Biden Says White House Won’t Quit On Gun Control

    WASHINGTON – Gun control remains stalemated in Congress, but Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s optimistic a bill that would expand background checks of gun buyers will become law. “The president and I – our team – have not given up,” Biden said during an event at the White House. The Senate in April was four votes short on a bill that would expand FBI background checks, and there’s been no movement on the gun control issue since.

  • School Board Approves 2013-14 Budget With Full-Day K

    The Board of Education unanimously approved its 2013-14 budget Tuesday, June 18, with adjustments recommended by Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to allow the implementation of full-day kindergarten. During its June 6 meeting, the school board di...