With Depot Day fast approaching, The Newtown Fund still has five families who need to be adopted this holiday season. The Newtown Fund’s Holiday Basket Program provides gifts for all members of a family, food to get through the holidays, and gift certificates for gas, shoes, additional food, etc. The families are kept anonymous, after contacting Social Services. This year’s Depot Day — the day when all items for the annual holiday program are dropped off, organized, and then delivered to the families — is scheduled for Saturday, December 14.
Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com. The 20-minute session December 3 included First Selectman Pat Llodra, along with Cody Foss of Newtown Youth Academy (NYA), Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, and Newtown Congregational Church Senior Minister Matthew Crebbin, who also leads the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association. Each official discussed what they plan to be doing on Saturday, December 14.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will present its 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at the southwest corner of Ram Pasture on Friday, December 6. The festivities will begin at 6:30 pm, with the tree lighting scheduled for 7. To provide for pedestrian safety at the heavily attended event, Newtown Police will be enforcing special temporary no-parking zones and road closures. The parking/traffic rules will be in effect from 5 to 8 pm.
The Newtown school system has been informed by the Connecticut State Department of Education that Newtown High School is one of the 15 high schools in the state to achieve the highest classification of Excelling based upon the results of the state Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) test, as announced in a press release on Thursday, December 5. “The very significant scores achieved by tenth graders at Newtown High School in the CAPT exam administered last spring are a tribute to the dedication of the teachers in the lower grades who have contributed to student learning and the very strong job the high school has done with its instructional program,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed said...
Members of Newtown Clergy Association have announced plans for the town’s faith communities to offer services and support for residents in upcoming weeks, as the first anniversary of 12/14 approaches. The town's faith communities are diverse in faith and practice, but are united in common compassion and a commitment to minister faithfully to all residents. “Because any single event on the Anniversary of December 14th would create challenges on multiple levels, we have decided that it would be best to offer a variety of opportunities for our beloved Newtown community to come together: to remember and honor those we have lost, to support all who are grieving, and to steady one another on our journey together. We pray that one or some may provide a way for many of you to come together for comfort, support and encouragement," the group announced on December 4.
Recordings of the Emergency 911 telephone calls received by Newtown police from people at Sandy Hook School on the morning of December 14, 2012, reflect tension and fear in the callers’ voices as they urged police to rapidly respond to 12 Dickinson Drive to help them during Adam Lanza’s attack on the school.
The town released the 911 recordings on Wednesday after blocking their disclosure for nearly one year due to privacy concerns.
Hook & Ladder firefighters will be lowering the flag on the Main Street flagpole this morning, to honor the late First Selectman Jack Rosenthal. Mr Rosenthal died on November 26. Calling hours are tonight, from 4 to 8 pm at Honan Funeral Home. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 am Thursday, December 5, at Newtown Meeting House.
Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed sent a letter to school district parents and staff members on Tuesday, December 3, in anticipation of the Wednesday, December 4, release of local 911 calls made to the Newtown Police Department during the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. In the letter, Dr Reed explained the recordings will be released at 2 pm, and will be available through the offices of Cohen and Wolf in Danbury...
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that first responders and other state employees who were significantly involved with the direct response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year will be credited with forty hours of compensatory time under an agreement reached between the state and six unions representing the state employees. The benefit is intended to recognize the extraordinary nature of the tragedy and that many of these individuals took sick and vacation time to deal with personal matters related to the incident, according to Gov Malloy. The agreement will be submitted to the General Assembly for final approval. If no action is taken, the agreement will take effect after 30 days.
The Newtown Foundation announced Monday, December 2, that four-time Grammy Award winner Carole King will perform at the December 12 vigil in Washington, DC, to honor the more than 30,000 people who die of gun violence every year in the United States.
The National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence takes place Thursday, December 12, from 3:45 to 5 pm, in the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.