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  • Seniors Pack Forum On Revaluation, Tax Issues

    More than 100 local seniors and a handful of other residents concerned about escalating local property taxes and the role the latest town revaluation played in tax increases converged at Newtown High School Tuesday, October 15, for an informational forum hosted by the Board of Finance. First Selectman Pat Llodra, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, Finance Director Robert Tait, Assessor Chris Kelsey, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education were also on hand.

  • School Board Hears Enrollment Report

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented an enrollment report to the Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, October 16.Dr Reed said the report demonstrates that it is best to use its enrollment numbers rather than projected enrollment numbers when planning the next budget.“I think they will be more helpful, because they will reflect more of what is happening now,” said Dr Reed.Later the interim superintendent warned that it is important not to make assumptions based on the 2013-14 school year, due to the unique circumstances of the year.At the school board’s October 1 meeting, Dr Reed spoke briefly to prepare the school board for the then-future report. He said, when comparing actual enrollment to projections made by Hyung Chung of H.C. Planning Consultants of Orange in 2010, 73 percent of the difference could be accounted for by a decline in students at Sandy Hook School. He later pointed out the 73 percent difference between the projected number of students and the actual number of students is a matter of five children.“It is quite clear to me that the tragedy itself has had an impact on the people who live in town,” said Dr Reed at the...

  • Heath Found Guilty Of Murder

    A 12-person jury in Danbury Superior Court has found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 death of his wife, Elizabeth. Her remains were found in 2010 in a dry well beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown. Sentencing of John Heath has been set for December 3. His bail was raised from $1 million to $2 million, and he was returned to Bridgeport Correctional Facility where he has been held since his arrest in 2012, More details to follow here and in the print edition of this week’s Newtown Bee.

  • John Heath Convicted Of Murder In 1984 Killing Of Wife

    A 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday, October 16, found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 killing of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32. The eight-man, four-woman jury determined that the former Newtown resident beat his wife to death, wrapped her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffed them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at their 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown. Sentencing is scheduled for December 3.

  • NYC Woman Sentenced For 12/14 Fundraising Scam

    HARTFORD – A New York City woman was sentenced in US District Court on Tuesday, October 15, to serve eight months in prison, with two years of probation to follow, on convictions for wire fraud and for making false statements in connection with a scam fundraising scheme that she created on the Internet stemming from the Sandy Hook School shooting incident last December.

  • Press Association Honors The Bee For Post-12/14 Coverage And Editorial

    The New England Newspaper & Press Association honored The Newtown Bee and its Editor Curtiss Clark at the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference October 10.The Bee was one of three weekly newspapers among NENPA’s more than 400 member publications recognized with a 2013 Publick Occurrences Award for the special edition that was published on December 17, 2012. That edition was devoted exclusively to coverage and reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy three days earlier. The editorial that appeared as part of that special section, entitled “Answering For Our Town,” also earned Editor Curtiss Clark the 2013 Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award, which recognizes the best editorial written on a local subject in New England.

  • Llodra: Newtown Will Not Host Official 12/14 Anniversary Events

    On October 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra updated her blog on www.onenewtown.org to discuss the town’s plans for the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. She told The Bee that the message was intended “for the people and media outside of our community” — those who might want to come and share their sorrow with Newtown, or report on how others in town are handling their recovery...

  • ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ Moved To December 15

    The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com announced plans last week to join together with other groups to sponsor Guns Save Lives Day on December 14, the first anniversary of 12/14. Within days, however, the group announced a change of plans, moving Guns Save Lives Day to December 15. “From what I understand, the change was made because at the beginning they were looking at ether December 14 or 15, the 15th being Bill of Rights day,” Dave Workman, the director of communications for The Second Amendment Foundation, said Tuesday morning. “They changed the date to the 15th as a more appropriate day because we understand it’s a sensitive issue. We didn’t want to politicize the event,” he said. First Selectman Pat Llodra was unimpressed with the change, calling it "too little, too late."

  • Bronx Woman Gets 8 Months In 12/14 Fraud Case

    Late Tuesday afternoon, a New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a child killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook School last December was sentenced to 8 months in prison according to an Associated Press bulletin. Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements. The sentencing followed emotional testimony from Mark Mattioli, father of 6-year-old James Mattioli. He said Alba’s crimes were ‘‘immediate, intrusive, exploitative, disgusting and added to my feeling of victimization.’’

  • Newtown Memorial Fund Accepts $44k From Cincinnati Foundation

    The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced it has received a contribution from The Jeff Ruby Foundation & Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Inc, a Cincinnati-based steakhouse operator. Mr Ruby, the company's owner and president, donated more than $44,000 raised in part from an event he hosted earlier this year to support the Newtown Memorial Fund.