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  • When Connecticut’s Budget Realities Follow Tragedies

    State legislators sprang into action after the Newtown tragedy, allocating nearly $19 million for an array of initiatives on school safety, mental health and gun control. For the third time in six years lawmakers spoke decisively – and in bipartisan ...

  • This Weekend: Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Many faith communities in Newtown are offering services and support for residents this weekend, to mark and honor the first anniversary of 12/14. The media is being asked to respect the privacy of those attending any of these services. Many houses of worship have posted signs on their grounds asking all media to stay back while residents, friends, and families gather to remember those who were killed at Sandy Hook School, and to reflect on the past year. “One of the challenges for us is that when the media is present, some of the people that are most vulnerable, who need the most support, won’t come,” the Reverend Matt Crebbin, senior pastor of Newtown Congregational Church, said. “We don’t want our people to feel and become isolated,” he added. It is important that those who have a need to be with others at this time feel comfortable leaving their homes, he continued.

  • Special Weekend Events To Honor And Reflect

    A number of groups and organizations have planned special events that are meant to help people cope, come together and/or offer support for the weekend of December 13-15, in relation to the first anniversary of 12/14. Most events are free of charge; two are requesting small donations from participants.

  • Council To Explore Eminent Domain Option On Parcel Needed For New School

    The Legislative Council is scheduled to consider and possibly endorse eminent domain options to acquire a privately owned parcel for the planned new access road for Sandy Hook School. The meeting is set for Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 at the Municipal Center. According to the agenda, the council will discuss and possibly act on acquiring a parcel for the school, "including action by eminent domain." Town Attorney Monty Frank told The Newtown Bee that it is the council's purview to take up the action if it cannot reach an agreement through negotiation.

  • ‘Kids Share’ Their Writing And Art Through Book Workshop

    Children celebrating a book showcasing their creativity and writing efforts, along with parents and Kids Share Workshops and Publishing Inc (KSWP) coordinators and volunteers threw a pizza party on Friday, December 6. They had come together for a productiv...

  • Organizations Are Here For The Long Haul As Newtown Moves Forward

    “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” — Shel SilversteinSo much that shouldn’t, mustn’t have happened, did occur, last December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 small children and six educators. But out of a horror that could’ve, might’ve put Newtown into an angry, downward spiral of hate and despair, instead has come a powerful message to the world beyond our town’s borders: We Choose Love...

  • Police Reports | December 4-11, 2013

    Flagpole Bumps Oksana Sokolova, 28, of Derby received an infraction from local police November 30 for failing to drive a reasonable distance apart following a minor traffic collision November 30 around 10:42 am at the inters...

  • Fairfield Hills Research Reveals ‘Fascinating’ Look At Facility’s Past

    More than once Andrea Zimmermann said she was surprised by what she learned recently while researching Fairfield Hills. Author, researcher and Newtown resident, Ms Zimmermann in October submitted to the town a preliminary 39-page report ...

  • Cancellations & Postponements

    Due to today’s storm a number of meetings, gatherings and other events are being postponed or outright cancelled. Following is a list of events that have been affected by today’s snowstorm. Please call Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at 203-426-3141 to have your group added to this list. The weather is expected to remain challenging all day, so businesses that decide to close early are also invited to contact Ms Hicks to be included in this posting. Additions will be made as they are called in. Newtown Parks & Rec, Newtown Senior Center, C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees and the high school band, orchestra and sports teams are among the first groups to have events cancelled and postponed today.

  • Pizza Palace Owners Hosting Collection For Fire Victims

    Newtown Pizza Palace patrons have enjoyed the engaging conversations of server Ingrid Bergquist for three decades. Now Pizza Palace owners James Donahue and Katrina Lekay are calling on patrons and neighbors to help Ms Bergquist and homeowner Nancy Rahikka, who were both injured in a fire that destroyed their home early Sunday morning on The Boulevard. The restaurant owners have set up a collection point for cash, checks and gift cards to be dropped off for the benefit of their employee and her housemate.