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  • Partnership And Communication Essential, Says Superintendent, In Response To Lanza Report

    On Monday, November 24, Dr Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, superintendent of the Newtown school district, responded to the report from the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), released Friday, November 21, saying that his first thoughts go directly to the victims’ families.

    “How can I offer any kind of assistance to families?” he asked.

  • Letters Spark Concern At NHS, Responsible Party Found

    Following a number of letters sent to Newtown High School students in recent days, the school announced Monday night, November 24, the responsible individual has been determined and measures are being taken.

    According to the school the letters, which were received in the mail, contained personal information and “sexually explicit comments.”

  • UPDATE: Governor Closing State Offices Early Wednesday; Storm Warning Issued

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has decided that state office buildings will close on Wednesday, November 26, at 12:30 pm due to the anticipated snowstorm that is expected to significantly impact the state. Nonessential state employees will be dismissed at that time.

  • WIN, Students Complete Holiday Basket Drive

    Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving.

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Mandy Monaco oversaw assembly of food and goods packages readied for pick-up Friday at Newtown United Methodist Church hall. The many WIN-terns helped unload cars as more goods arrived, or made sure that each care package was filled.

  • Rental Apartments: Fairfield Hills ‘Mixed-Use’ Zoning Slated For Discussion

    To foster discussion on the wisdom of creating “mixed-use” zoning covering a section of the town-owned Fairfield Hills campus, the town plans to soon hold two public sessions to explore the controversial topic.

    The two sessions will be sponsored by three town agencies: the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA), and the Economic Development Commission (EDC).

  • Zebra Mussels Are Infesting Newtown Lakes

    Hanover Road resident Scott Conant has witnessed a “huge change” in the invasive zebra mussel population in local waters this year. He has seen the numbers increase from “just a few two summers ago, to many last year, to an explosion this year,” he said in a recent e-mail.

    A Friends of The Lake (FOTL) board member living along Lake Lillinonah’s shore, Mr Conant first sent the alert to other members in late October after inspecting the underside of his dock.

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Report Presented To School Board

    A number of educators presented a report on full-day kindergarten at the Board of Education’s Tuesday, November 18, meeting.

    Full-day kindergarten was first implemented in the district last school year, and this is the second year the school board has heard a report about how the program is doing.

    “They have a little presentation for us and just a few words about what their experience has been for… a year-plus,” said Assistant Superintendent Linda Gejda.

  • Community Forum Focused On ‘Rigor In The Classroom’

    The second, one-hour Parent/Community Forum hosted by the school district was held on Tuesday, November 11, and focused on rigor in the classroom.

    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda led the discussion.

    “We’re very excited about having the opportunity to begin the conversation about rigor,” said Dr Gejda, near the start of the evening.

  • Firehouse Plans Under Land Use Agency Review

    Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1, the volunteer fire unit that serves the borough and adjacent areas, has filed plans for its proposed new firehouse for local land use review and action.

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has submitted those plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and comment. The P&Z serves as the borough’s planning agency.

  • Newtown Acts Of Kindness Book Drive Underway

    The Newtown Foundation is seeking donations of books in like-new or new condition that are an appropriate reading level for elementary age school children.