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  • Armed Forces Mural Unveiled; VFW Seeking Additions, Corrections

    About 60 people, many current or former armed service members, turned out Saturday morning for a brief unveiling ceremony of a memorial mural created for the Newtown Municipal Center by local artist David Merrill honoring all residents who have served since 1971. The new work, which has been in process since April 2012, is a companion piece to a mural Mr Merrill created at Edmond Town Hall honoring all Newtown’s vets who served prior to 1971. The artist was feted by a number of guests at the November 9 event..

  • Sandy Hook Promise Launches ‘Parent Together’

    Sandy Hook Promise has announced the launch of Parent Together, a national grassroots campaign to educate and empower parents to prevent gun violence in their communities. Emphasizing mental wellness, connection to community and gun safety, the campaign will bring parents together around their common love for all children to help prevent not just the next Sandy Hook tragedy, but also thousands of other acts of gun violence every year.The campaign launches November 14, one month before the one-year mark of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, in an effort to ensure that Sandy Hook is remembered as a place where real and lasting transformation began. Sandy Hook Promise will begin to roll out proven tools and programs for parents to implement in their communities that focus on mental wellness, community connectedness, and gun safety.

  • Union Pushes For Talks On Disabled Cop’s Departure

    A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer. Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter. In an August 9 letter to Officer Bean, Police Chief Michael Kehoe wrote, in part, that under the terms of the police department’s rules and regulations, termination of his employment is warranted and would be recommended to the Police Commission.

  • Danbury Hall Cleared For Demolition By State Historic Commission, EPA

    State and federal agencies involved with clearing Danbury Hall and a set of former staff residences at Fairfield Hills for demolition have both provided the necessary documentation for the town to move forward with the project. Now the only thing standing between the buildings and the wrecking ball is a remediation plan being prepared by a town contractor, which is expected to be delivered within the next week or two. First Selectman Pat Llodra said a letter received from Daniel T. Forrest, a State Historic Preservation officer, recommends that the Environmental Protection Agency develop a Memorandum of Agreement, in effect authorizing the demolition using grant funds from that federal agency to complete the work.

  • Police News November 1 - 9

    Five Charges Police report that at about 4:30 pm on November 6, they stopped motorist William Falbo, 29, of 13 Bishop Circle near the intersection of Pole Bridge Road and Jeremiah Road for having been speeding on Berkshire R...

  • Fire Calls November 7 - 14, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, November 7: 1:38 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84...

  • Judge Seeks To Hear 911 Calls From 12/14 Before Ruling

    NEW BRITAIN – A Connecticut judge said November 8 that he wants to hear the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting before ruling whether they can remain secret as a state prosecutor and the town of Newtown fight an order to release them. The state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but a prosecutor asked for a stay while he appeals that order.

  • Agility Course Goes In At Dog Park

    At the base of a gentle slope a crew from Pat Corsetti Inc. contractors Wednesday, November 6, prepped the ground for an agility course for dogs. Newtown’s new Park and Bark dog park, currently under construction at the end of Old Farm Road below the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, will include the agility equipment with its hoops, ramps, weave poles, jumps, tunnels, and imitation logs to crawl through. Park installation and site work done in part by Parks and Recreation personnel include a concrete slab, pavilion, water features, fencing, and more.

  • Veterans Honored At VFW Ceremony

    Clear skies and a cool breeze greeted the dozens of residents and students from Newtown Middle School attending the Veterans’ Day ceremony, Monday, November 11, at the VFW Post 308 property on Tinkerfield Road. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Clark, and a benediction, VFW Post Commander James Rebman stepped up to the podium and thanked the “patriotic citizens and students” in attendance. He noted that the benefits of Newtown children attending school on Veterans’ Day meant that they were learning more “about veterans and what we did,” than if they had the day off of school.

  • Finance Board, School Officials Discuss Next Round Budget Preparation

    For a little more than an hour during their October 24 meeting, members of the finance board, Acting School Superintendent John Reed and Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein conducted a candid discussion about the upcoming budget process. Finance board Chairman John Kortze said he had asked the school officials to visit with his board early on in the process. “I was hopeful you could give us a 10,000 foot view, your thumbnail game plan at this point,” Mr Kortze said. Ms Leidlein began the conversation by reviewing an October 1 enrollment report that indicated the district has lost 250 students since last year. She said the drop did not come as a complete surprise to the school board, and that both Dr Reed and the last independent enrollment study had indentified the declining enrollment trend.