“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...
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 ...
Newtown Public Works crews have been on the job since 2 am preparing for what forecasters are predicting will be a three to five-inch snow event, and prompting a winter weather advisory until 5 pm. School was closed, easing the burden for road crews and local police according to Sgt David Kullgren. He reminds drivers, however, that conditions are expected to worsen well into the afternoon. "So residents should plan accordingly," he advised. "Stay home unless there is an emergency, and stay off the roads so town crews can do their job clearing." Temperatures are expected to remain just around or below the freezing mark, and the National Weather Service is warning that occasional heavy bands of snow could cut visibility down to a half-mile or less.
Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to announce this afternoon that $100 million will be made available to increase access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities. He is expected to be joined by families of those killed on 12/14 when making the announcement. The funding comes as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to help individuals experiencing mental health problems. The Vice President will discuss the new funding during a meeting at the White House with families who lost loved ones during the shooting in Newtown, as well as mental health advocates according to a White House advance.
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.
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.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times, once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. In an op-ed piece posted on December 8, “Honoring A Solemn Day In Our State’s History,” the governor acknowledges that “many of us will seek an outlet for the grief and loss that remains close to our hearts." This week Gov Malloy is asking house of worship “and other organizations to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 in the morning as a way to honor each life. I want to renew that call this year and ask those same institutions to toll their bells again at 9:30 am on December 14.”
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has designated as permanent open space an undeveloped area at Fairfield Hills near Wasserman Way. Following discussion at a recent session, P&Z members unanimously decided to protect as designated open space the areas known as the High Meadow and the East Meadow.