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  • School Board Fills Vacant Seat With Former Member

    The Board of Education unanimously appointed Kathy Hamilton, formerly Kathy Fetchick, to fill a vacant seat, left open by board Secretary Cody McCubbin, at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 10. Ms Hamilton, who has served on the Legislative Council since September 2010, previously served as the Board of Education’s vice chair.

  • New Director Takes The Reins At C.H. Booth Library

    Shawn Fields, the director of the C.H. Booth Library as of July 1, enthusiastically and thoroughly discussed the book he is currently reading, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by anthropologist Jared Diamond, in his first interview with The Bee, July 10. The book examines the different factors that effect populations as it seeks to answer the question of why civilization is the way it is, and the numerous reasons that contribute to why civilizations thrive or fail, from historical, biological, and anthropological approaches.“I’m a voracious consumer of information,” said Mr Fields

  • Big Time Rush Releasing 500 More Tickets

    Newtown and Sandy Hook residents who may have been away, or missed the chance to get free passes to the July 22 Big Time Rush concert being held for the community at Fairfield Hills have another chance. Organizers have released another 500 tickets, and they will become available to qualified residents Friday, July 12 at noon.

  • Town Releases Third Q&A In Review Of SHS Building Project

    The Town of Newtown has released another “Question & Answer” document to review the next steps in the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project. The document is the third of a series, and the town also announced it will continue to provide updates throughout the rebuilding process. In May, the Sandy Hook School Task Force voted to recommend to the Newtown Board of Education that the current Sandy Hook School building be removed and a new elementary school be built on a modified version of the current site.

  • Arts Community Receives $137,000 From Cultural Alliance

    Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon. On behalf of the alliance, Ms Scails transferred the HealingNewtown Arts Support Fund money to The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). The charitable fund had been established by the alliance to support Newtown, specifically through the arts and in partnership with NCAC following 12/14.

  • NSSF Sues State Over Gun Control

    A trade group representing the firearms industry filed a federal lawsuit Monday using legislative procedural grounds to attack the lawfulness of the Connecticut gun-control law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, accuses the General Assembly of bypassing normal legislative procedures in passing the emergency-certified bill.

  • With Eye On '14, Malloy Touts Energy Bills

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut. The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.

  • 'McMansions,’ Over-55 Condos, Waterfront Homes Commanding Biggest Tax Increases

    With the latest round of property tax bills arriving at Newtown homes in recent days, some local property owners saw fireworks a little earlier than Independence Day. According to local officials, many taxpayers may be facing significant increases in their property taxes now that a new fiscal cycle has begun with its newly set 33.32 mill rate, up from 24.54. But some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate increases are falling on three types of homes according to Assessor Chris Kelsey: over-55 condos, waterfront parcels and residences, and high-value properties scattered across town.

  • Peace, Love & Sandy Hook

    It is Peace, Love & Sandy Hook as members of Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) prepare a celebration in honor of Sandy Hook Center, at the intersection of Church Hill and Glen Roads.

  • Governor Reminding State Residents To Be Cautious During Extreme Heat

    HARTFORD – With heat index temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the approaching holiday weekend, Governor Dannel P Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.