The Board of Trustees of Newtown’s C.H. Booth Library announces that Shawn R. Fields has been selected as the new library director, as of July 1. The search for a new director began last fall after longtime director Janet Woycik announced that she intended to retire June 30, 2013.Mr Fields, a resident of Oxford, received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s of library science from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005. He has served as the director of the Huntington Branch library in Shelton since January 2008.
The next town referendum, to vote only on the proposed education budget, will be held on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 am until 8 pm, in the Newtown Middle School gymnasium. Absentee ballots are available for the referendum during Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center. In addition, the Town Clerk’s office will have special hours on Saturday, June 1, 9 am until noon, for the sole purpose of absentee ballot voting for June 4.
It used to be that dog pounds were the end of the line for problem dogs. If initial attempts to place them in new homes failed, it was only a matter of time before they were put down Newtown’s latest animal welfare policy does includes provisions for euthanasia, but those provisions are so narrow and restrictive that even the most problematic dogs have a good chance to live out their natural lives, even known biters.
State officials serving on the Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission, a panel convened by House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), announced a number of proposals May 23 that could help municipalities cut costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Among those ideas was a call to regionalize or centralize emergency communications from the multitude of separate centers throughout the state to just a handful of facilities. This proposal appears to have the potential to gain significant traction in the next legislative session, according to state officials.
All flags should be lowered to half-staff today, in honor of Memorial Day. They should remain lowered until sunset this evening, which will be 8:12 pm. President Obama released a proclamation on Friday, a "Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2013," which said in part: “Since...
Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December's school shooting. An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the first round of funding on ...
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said 12/14 helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.
The U.S. Department of Education announced on May 24 it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following 12/14, when 20 first-graders and six educators. This grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.
Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race. Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chai...