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  • Memorial Fund Establishes Long-Term Partnership With Pura Vida Bracelets

    The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. has announced a long term fundraising partnership with Pura Vida Bracelets, a La Jolla, Calif., based company and designer of stylish Costa Rican handmade string bracelets. The exclusive Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial bracelet, created in response to 12/14, will be sold with all proceeds benefiting the Newtown Memorial Fund.

    The bracelets are $5 each, but there is a $10 minimum order on the Pura Vida Bracelets website (PuraVidaBracelets.com), which is the only location where they are currently available.

  • Planned Castle Hill Land Sale Termed ‘Bittersweet’

    Bob Eckenrode, president of the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), said Monday, March 25, that the Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation of Bridgeport’s decision to sell 136 acres off Castle Hill Road to a Newtown man is “bittersweet” for the private, nonprofit land trust.

    In a statement, the diocese said that it plans to sell its acreage at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties, which formerly were known as the Gretsch estate.

  • Amid Calls For A National Victims' Fund, Local Officials Say Give Newtown A Chance

    Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.

  • Bringing A Stream Back To Life And Sunlight

    Slipping over a stone riverbed for the first time in decades is a tributary flowing through Dickinson Park. The stream now runs from a bog across Point O’ Rocks Road to Deep Brook, which winds through the park. Resurfaced in the fall of 2012, the stream had previously been piped underground.

    Thanks to past human handiwork, water that once traveled aboveground had disappeared.

  • Diocese Announces Planned Sale Of Castle Hill Property

    The Diocese of Bridgeport plans to sell the approximately 136-acre Castle Hill parcels in Newtown to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident, who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties. 
  • Town Review Of Castle Hill Housing Proposal Starts

    Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) Chairman Richard Zang explained this week that a public hearing, started on March 21, was the first step in a long review process for a local developer’s proposal for a cluster housing complex off Castle Hill Road.

    Mr Zang referred to GLT Development Corporation’s proposal to construct up to 136 cluster-style individual single-family houses at a 136-acre site at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road.

    GLT is seeking to buy the land from the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation.

  • Newtown Physicians Unite To Enlist National Network Of Colleagues

    On the morning of 12/14, medical duties were the last thing Newtowners Dr J. James Bruno and Dr Robert Bazuro were thinking about as they rushed separately toward Sandy Hook School praying their children were safe after hearing reports of a lockdown and possible shooting.

    At the same time, Danbury Hospital Emergency Room physician Dr William Begg III and dozens of his fellow staffers were hastily but carefully constructing a mass casualty triage area anticipating a large number on incoming victims.

  • Police Chief Receives Generally High Marks In Job Review

    In its annual review of Police Chief Michael Kehoe’s job performance, the five-member Police Commission has given the chief generally high marks for his work during 2012.

    Police Commission members endorsed the chief’s performance review for calendar 2012 in early December, before the December 14 shooting incident occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Malloy: Preliminary 12/14 Details To Be Released By March 29

    Following the release of confidential 12/14 investigation material after a New Orleans law enforcement symposium session featuring a Connecticut State Police official, Governor Dannel Malloy announced that some preliminary information regarding the case will be released on or before March 29.

  • Sandy Hook Promise Launches Innovation Initiative In San Francisco

    Sandy Hook Promise members Tim Makris, James Belden, Tom Bittman, Lee Shull, and Rob Cox joined the families of Daniel Barden, Avielle Richman, and Dylan Hockley, who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, for a press conference and town hall meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, March 14, that brought together the local grassroots organization and members of the Silicon Valley technology community to launch the Sandy Hook Promise Innovation Initiative.