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  • Mental Health Services Fund For Newtown Responders Falls Short

    A private charitable fund created to help pay for the mental health care of first responders, teachers and other workers affected by the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school falls short of what is needed to help those with long-term problems, including one police officer who cannot return to work, a union lawyer says. Connecticut lawmakers created the special Sandy Hook Workers’ Assistance Fund this year. They solicited donations from some of the state’s largest companies, as well as the general public, to help those affected by 12/14, one of the deadliest school shootings in US history. Though legislators estimated in March that several hundred thousand dollars had already been pledged and predicted more money would follow, just $218,361 was donated as of September 30, according to the state’s Office of Victim Services. Eric Brown, staff attorney for AFSCME Council 15, suggested the fund probably requires $10 million or else a law needs to be passed to provide workers’ compensation coverage for mental health-related injuries, including post-traumatic stress.

  • Police Uncover Nighttime Burglary At Fairfield Hills

    Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building. Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.

  • Municipal Election Ballots Available To View Online

    Connecticut voters can go online and view the ballots for every city and town holding municipal elections on November 5. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is urging the more than two million registered voters to familiarize themselves with the ballots before heading to the polls. They can be found at www.sots.ct.gov. Visitors should follow the Elections and Voting link to see the ballot for their city or town. Under the Voter Information header (top left area of the page) click on What will be on the ballot?, then on the link for November 5, 2013 Municipal Election, and then on the town or city of your choice.

  • The Great Pumpkin Challenge Collection

    A couple hours into the weekend collection hours for this year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge, pumpkins were already arriving at 14 Main Street, where the entire collection will be displayed on Halloween. This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5. In 2011 Mackenzie began The Great Pumpkin Challenge to support family friend Zoe McMorran, who was battling brain cancer. That first year donations raised went to the McMorran family and the American Cancer Association...

  • Sherman Woods Gains Wetlands Approval

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members last week unanimously approved the wetlands/watercourses protection aspects of a proposed 42-lot cluster-style residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook. The project would be the largest residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook. The project would be the largest residential subdivision locally in more than a decade. Following an October 23 executive session during which IWC members privately discussed plans for the proposed Sherman Woods complex, they approved the project. Sherman Woods has been the subject of a court appeal by the developer since October 2009. The IWC approval will now be reviewed by a Superior Court judge. If the judge endorses that approval, the application would be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and action.

  • Newtown VFW Announces Outreach For Teacher’s Family In Nevada

    On October 21, a 12-year old student in Sparks, Nev., shot and wounded two fellow students and killed a teacher. The teacher, Michael Landsberry, was a former Marine and an Air National Guard Master Sergeant. Newtown VFW Post 308 has set up an account for donations, which will be used to assist the Landsberry family as they deal with their tragic loss.

  • Town Attorney Says 'Bare Majority' Stipulation For BOE Race Excludes Two-Year Candidate

    Questions about the political makeup of the Board of Education in the coming two years have erupted into a controversy that could lead to local Democrats taking legal action according to the Democratic Registrar of Voters. Registrar LeReine Frampton believes that according to a 2008 Charter Revision, both Democratic Candidates for the school board November 5 must be awarded seats, no matter where they stand in their vote tally against three Republican candidates also running for what will be four-year terms. Ms Frampton coincidentally served on the Charter Revision Commission that recommended the subsequently adopted tenant restricting any one party from holding more than a "bare majority" of seats on the school board.

  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive. At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story. However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage. To get around that restriction, news organizations sent at least three helicopters to Newtown on Friday morning to photograph the demolition site from above. The aircraft must fly at least 500 feet above the terrain to meet Federal Aviation Administration rules.

  • Breaking Ground For A New Playground At Dickinson Park

    Gardening shovels stood ready. With half the playground at Dickinson Park razed behind them, and a sign displaying the future playscape nearby, a small gathering of officials and playground supporters held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground at ...

  • PBSC Gets Update On SHS Remediation, Demolition Plans

    Robert Mitchell, chairman of the Newtown Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), said his panel heard and discussed new information regarding the ongoing remediation and demolition plans for Sandy Hook School during a meeting held on October 22. Speaking after Tuesday night's meeting, Mr Mitchell said preliminary demolition was set to commence on Thursday, October 24. The work will progress along a planned course based on which areas of the vacant facility are already clear of hazardous materials, and which sections will be fully remediated by crews from Connecticut-based Bestech. That company is handling both the remediation and demolition based on a state recommendation...