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  • Having Breakfast With Santa

    Newtown Parks & Recreation hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 6. Craft tables were available, two therapy dogs attended, Mad Science of Stratford’s “Messy Mel” Salguero and “Mathematical Mike” Elwell performed during the event, and a line of children was constantly waiting to visit with Santa. Many parents took photos of their children posing with Santa during the event.

  • Mental Health Needs Persist Two Years After School Shooting

    (AP) Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse... Two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist.

  • Governor Directing Flags To Half-Staff On Sunday

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed two years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Esty, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce $775,000 Federal Grant to Newtown

    WASHINGTON, DC – On December 12, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced a $775,914 grant from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to victims and their families, first responders, and members of the Newtown community in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The grant will help fund continued mental health services and other support services for victims, their families, and the entire community, including enhanced safety and security at the schools and parks. Additionally, the grant will help reimburse the United Way for providing support to victims’ families after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

  • Hawleyville Tree Lighting Chilly, Festive

    From festooned fire trucks and the “Mini Rockettes” from Dance Etc, to fresh-baked fire truck-shaped cookies and special guests Mr and Mrs Claus, the annual Hawleyville holiday tree lighting December 7 was packed with fun and festivities befitting the season.

  • P&Z Considers New Zone For ‘Affordable Housing’

    A group of Walnut Tree Hill Road residents is monitoring the Planning and Zoning Commission’s efforts to create a new zoning designation for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component. The group is paying close attention since one of the two local sites now being eyed by developers for such growth is land lying between Walnut Tree Hill Road and Interstate 84. At a December 4 public hearing, P&Z members reviewed a six-page proposal for a Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Overlay Zone (MUMI-10). The proposal under review is similar to a four-page proposal that the P&Z had considered on November 20, except that the revised version includes more detail and lists a range of design standards for such development. About 20 people attended the December 4 P&Z session that included discussion of the proposal, and few had anything positive to say about it.

  • Proposed Tire Recycling Operation Would Be Narrower In Scope Than Originally Planned

    An industrial firm has told Planning and Zoning Commission members that it plans to reduce the scope of its controversial proposal to create zoning regulations to allow the recycling of scrap tires. Moses Velez, president of MAAK Environmental Corporation, told the P&Z at a December 4 pubic hearing that the firm was withdrawing its pending application on proposed scrap tire recycling regulations and would submit a revised application which is narrower in scope.

  • Fire Reports, December 5-10, 2014

  • Luminarias Fail To Set Holiday Spirits Aglow

    On behalf of the Ram Pasture Christmas Tree Lighting Committee, member Diana Johnson, on Monday, December 8, issued “sincere apologies to the whole town” for the abject failure of a new lighting option in the luminarias provided by the Chamber of Commerce and placed down Main Street, adjacent streets, and around Hawley Pond, a traditional prelude to the annual tree lighting. Mrs Johnson admitted that the decision to eliminate traditional candles from the luminarias was a failed experiment.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Opens The Weekend

    Despite a gentle rain, a small crowd gathered at Ram Pasture on Friday, December 5, for the 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting. As announced at the event, Newtown Chamber of Commerce President Tim Haas, Peggy Velthuizen, and Carol George were in charge of “flicking the switch” for both of the trees at Ram Pasture during the lighting event.