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  • Justice Department Approves Grant for Police Staffing

    WASHINGTON, DC – US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, September 27, that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will provide $150,000 in 2013 fiscal year funding to Newtown to pay for two police positions to ensure school safety, such as school resource officers. “This grant funding will help to offer critical support for law enforcement and essential services to the community as Newtown comes back from a heartbreaking tragedy,” Mr Holder said in a statement.“Just over nine months after the senseless mass shooting at Sandy Hook, we remain committed to providing every resource we can to ensure that the children of Newtown can feel safe and secure at school and elsewhere...

  • Solarize Newtown Initiative Launched This Week

    Is your home suitable for solar power? Residents had a chance Tuesday evening to learn more about the Solarize Connecticut, Solarize Newtown launch, “a unique discount buying program that uses a tiered-pricing structure, town-supported education and ...

  • State FOI Commission Orders Release Of 911 Recordings From 12/14

    HARTFORD (AP) — The state’s Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the release of the 911 tapes from last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ruling in favor of an appeal by The Associated Press for access to records withheld by investigators. The recordings will not be made available immediately. The prosecutor leading the investigation of the massacre, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said the commission’s decision will be appealed in Connecticut’s courts.

  • Llodra, Reed Address Questions About October 5 Referendum, Pending SHS Project

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Interim School Superintendent John Reed sat for a video interview September 24 to respond to questions and to help residents understand the implications of the upcoming October 5 referendum. On that Saturday, between 6 am and 8 pm, voters will be as asked to accept or reject a gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the existing Sandy Hook building, and to build a new, state-of-the-art school facility, roughly on the same site. The officials sat down with The Bee shortly after the first of several public information sessions and extended office hours for residents who want to come in and discuss concerns or ask questions about the impending project.

  • Trustees Hope To Move Booth Library Forward

    Creating a library director search committee with a clear process, building trust between the board, the community, and the staff, moving the library forward effectively, and increasing the sense of a team working together were the key topics of the special meeting of the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, Tuesday, September 24. “We all have to do it together, and with transparency,” said board Vice President John Trentacosta.

  • Cluster-Housing Version Of Sherman Woods Slated For Wetlands Review

    The developer of a proposed major residential subdivision, which has been the subject of a court battle for the past four years, has submitted for town review a modified version of the project that would “cluster” single-family houses on the Sandy Hook site to maximize the amount of public open space land that would be preserved. The project, known as Sherman Woods, is the largest residential subdivision proposed for town since 2000. The site is in the Pootatuck River watershed. Developer William H. Joyce has submitted revised plans for the 42-lot Sherman Woods on 158 acres to the Inland Wetlands Commission for review.

  • SHS PTA Votes To Advocate For October 5 ‘Yes’ Vote

    Over two meetings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) unanimously voted last week to advocate for a Yes vote for the Saturday, October 5, referendum for the authorization for the town government to spend state money on demolishing, designing, and building a Sandy Hook School. According to Sandy Hook School PTA President Stephanie Burns, First Vice President Jennifer Taylor, and member Karen Holden, the meetings focused more on how to get people out to vote rather than on whether or not to advocate...

  • Town Releases Latest Sandy Hook School Project Q&A Document

    The Town of Newtown has developed its latest informational Q&A document to continue ensuring that residents are informed through the rebuilding process of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fifth document, released on September 26, provides an update on the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project and the referendum scheduled on October 5, 2013 to authorize the town government to spend money which has been granted by the State of Connecticut. The Newtown Board of Education, as members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force, endorsed the decision in May to remove the current Sandy Hook Elementary School building and build a new school on a modified version of the current site on Dickinson Drive. The next step in the process will take place on October 5, when Newtown holds that special referendum...

  • Police News, September 17 - 21, 2013

    DUI Warrant Police report that after learning that they held a warrant for his arrest, Thomas Santaniello, 20, of 2 Fox Hollow Lane, went to the police station about 6 pm on September 19 and was charged with four offenses in...

  • Fire Reports, September 19 - 26, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, September 19: 4:55 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hawleyville r...