A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect for Newtown, and the entire state. The sun may be shining at midday, but a Hazardous Weather Outlook is also in effect, with the National Weather Service calling for snow to begin falling after 4 pm Tuesday, March 3. Local organizations, groups, businesses, et al — anyone whose plans will be affected by the weather — are reminded that The Newtown Bee will post closing, postponement and cancellation notices as soon as they are received.
HARTFORD (AP) — Parents’ rights organizations from across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public policy recommendations prompted by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Believing their parental rights are at risks, the various groups have joined forces to form the new Parental Rights Coalition. Coalition members are opposed to legislative proposals they consider to be an infringement. Members of SHAC say there has been a misunderstanding of the report's recommendations, however.
(AP) The panel of experts reviewing the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown is officially wrapping up its work after two years. Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are scheduled to finalize their report to Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Friday.
Kathleen Orfitelli, director of volunteer services for the Southern New England division of the Salvation Army, as well as members of the Newtown chapter, recognized the generosity of four local businesses, Wednesday, February 25, in a ceremony at Newtown Municipal Center. Stop & Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Walgreens, and Yankee Wine & Spirits received plaques for their many years of hosting bell ringers in front of their Newtown stores during the holiday season.
The driver of a passenger vehicle escaped serious injury Monday morning after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended a tanker truck with a load of gasoline. The accident occurred just north of the intersection of South Main Street and Pecks Lane, around 6:20 am. The vehicle, a dark colored Toyota sedan, hit the rear of the tanker hard enough to dislodge some of the tanker's couplings. The impact created a break in the tank, and gasoline began spilling, initially reported at approximately a gallon a minute. Botsford Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Ciaccia said the accident and resulting scene could have been much worse.
One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing IT boss Scott Sharlow, the backlog of work began accumulating and overwhelming the remaining, single full-timer left on staff to support and maintain the 500 computer devices Newtown’s government and public safety departments depend upon.At the same time, that industrious but outmatched staffer, Dennis Lawler, had to keep an eye on potential security threats, spam e-mail outbreaks, and a dozen other technology issues beyond the day-to-day functionality of all the town’s computer systems and networks (the school district has its own dedicated staff).
The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road. Water lines on Queen Street and Pine Tree Hill Road have also failed within recent weeks.
National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry based in Newtown, announced recently that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors, and conservation groups have joined in promoting Project ChildSafe, a national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners. “Proper storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents,” said Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of NSSF. “The more we can get this message out, the more we will continue to see firearms accidents and misuse decrease.”
A 40 minute drug sweep at Newtown High School the morning of February 27 resulted in the arrest of three students and the issuing of an infraction to a fourth, according to a release from the Newtown Police Department. Police say a "drug sniff" involving 12 passively trained K-9 narcotics teams was conducted monitoring the high school building and the adjacent parking areas. The activity was invited by school administration according to the release, utilizing law enforcement resources from several departments as well as the State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force. Reached by The Bee while traveling, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr emailed a response for comment about the activity, saying the sweep was handled in partnership with the Newtown Police Department and Newtown Prevention Council.