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  • Newtown Denied Bid To Postpone Hearing On Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December’s school shooting.

    An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.

  • State Makes $5 Million Available For School Safety

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following 12/14.

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the first round of funding on May 24 for the competitive grant program included in the General Assembly’s response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He appeared on Friday at Hartford’s Classical Magnet School with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a town hall-style discussion about school security and education reform.

  • Senate Passes Additional Newtown-Related Bills

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children.

    Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said 12/14 helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.

  • US Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant To Newtown To Further Support Recovery Efforts

    The US Department of Education announced on Friday, May 24, it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. This grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.

  • Duck Race Change Of Plans: No Race, Raffle Drawing At 2:30

    Looks like 13 is not a lucky number for Newtown Lions Club.

    Less than 24 hours after telling The Newtown Bee that the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race would go on, rain or shine, event chair Bob Schmidt had to announce that the weather has changed the day's plans after all. There are no exhibits or vendors at the park at 5 Glen Road in Sandy Hook Center this morning, but a raffle will still be held at 2:30 this afternoon.

  • Rain And More Rain Changes Duck Race Plans

    Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race.

    Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chair Bob Schmidt spun tickets in a raffle wheel.

  • Llodra, Rodgers Planning To Run For Reelection, Gaston Likely

    After helping guide Newtown through its darkest days post 12/14, leading a team of officials supporting a rebuilding site for Sandy Hook School, and four of the most challenging budget processes in memory, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers have announced intentions to seek respective third terms this November.

  • Local Town Clerk, Staff Still Hoping For Privacy Legislation

    May 22 marked exactly one month from the day that any action occurred on proposed legislation inspired by Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, her staff, and other members of the state Town Clerk’s Association who want to see certain restrictions on state death records. And the local officials behind the proposal were not happy about it.

  • Esty Applauds $1.3m SERV Grant For Sandy Hook Elementary

    NEW BRITAIN – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding news that Sandy Hook Elementary will receive a School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Superintendent Reed Begins Budget Advocacy Campaign With Video Message

    Less than 12 hours after the Legislative Council acted to reduce the school district’s budget request by another $300,000, Acting Superintendent John Reed was recording a two-part video message to the community, helping to launch a get-out-the-vote effort he promised to support through a third round referendum June 4.