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  • Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

    The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

  • Police Continue To Pursue Leads In Search For Missing Man

    Newtown police said they are investigating two reported sightings of the missing Robert Hoagland which occurred on Tuesday, September 17, near the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.

    Newtown police said Wednesday morning that Mr Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, has not yet been located.

  • Parks Officials Provide Detailed Accounting Of Oakview Costs, Savings

    Following some concerns and criticisms about installation costs on social media sites, Newtown’s Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold released a document detailing the expenses related to Oakview Field.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    The Hattertown Historic District has an alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and a full board position available to any registered voter.

  • Newtown Activists Shift Focus To House Of Representatives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a week in which another mass shooting took place, and in a year in which gun control has fallen off Congress’ radar, gun control activists again came to Capitol Hill to lobby unyielding politicians.

  • Library Director Steps Down

    The Newtown Bee received a copy Tuesday, September 17, of an e-mail letter of resignation from C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields, sent to members of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library. The e-mail was sent at 11:46 am on Monday, September 16, and stated that following conversations with his wife this past weekend, they had “decided together that it would be best if I did not work here, effective immediately.”

  • Traffic Alert: I-84 To Be Closed Two Weekends At N.Y.-Conn. Border

    The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges carrying Interstate 84 over Dingle Ridge Road in Southeast, N.Y. The work is being accelerated to minimize traffic impacts, but will require the interstate to be closed in that area during two upcoming weekends.

    Traffic delays are anticipated. 

    The weekend of September 21-22, I-84 West will be closed at Exit 1 in Connecticut, and directed back onto I-84 at Exit 20 in Southeast.

  • High Meadow Preservation, Rental Housing Highlighted In FFH Master Plan Update

    After a three-year process, the Board of Selectmen received the latest update to the Fairfield Hills Master Plan during its September 16 meeting.

    The relatively brief presentation by Land Use Director George Benson and Master Plan Review Committee member Deborra Zukowski elicited a couple of tense interactions with Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston over the reintroduction of housing as a possible development consideration.

  • Absentee Ballots For Sandy Hook School Referendum Available

    Absentee ballots are now available for the Saturday, October 5, referendum, which will be held from 6 am to 8 pm at the Newtown Middle School gymnasium. The purpose of the vote is to register public consensus on the town accepting state financial assistance to remediate and demolish the Sandy Hook School building, and to design and build a new school in Sandy Hook.

  • President Orders Flags Lowered Following Navy Yard Shootings

    Note: This story has been updated to include Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s response to the President’s proclamation.

     

    President Obama has ordered that all American flags be lowered to honor the victims of this morning’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.

    A shooting took place at Navy command complex in Washington, D.C., Monday morning has reportedly left 13 people dead including one gunman.