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  • Forum Presents 12/14 Fund Distribution Details

    Under a draft proposal presented at a public forum on Thursday, July 11, the families of each of the 26 victims of the 12/14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings would receive $281,000 in donated funds.

    Also, under those preliminary recommendations, the families of the 12 surviving children who were in the classrooms where the shootings occurred would receive $20,000 each. Also, two teachers who were injured in the incident would divide $150,000.

  • Celebrating Solar In Newtown

    On a muggy July morning with just enough breeze to topple his posters of a solar panel installation, Henry Cheung of Sound Solar Systems LLC worked to reset his display.

  • Police Union President Honored As Labor Leader Of The Year

    In view of his leadership following the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the Newtown Police Union has received the Labor Leader of the Year Award for 2013 from Council 15, which is an association of nearly 4,000 police officers in more than 60 communities in Connecticut.

  • Former Sandy Hook Man Sentenced To Eight Years For Wire Fraud

    NEW HAVEN — Garrett L. “Denny” Denniston, 63, formerly of Sandy Hook, this week received a sentence of more than eight years in federal prison for operating a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that bilked dozens of people out of funds, including some Sandy Hook residents who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • School Board Fills Vacant Seat With Former Member

    By Eliza Hallabeck

    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.

  • Blight And Firearms Ordinance Amendments Set For Public Hearing

    Both the draft amendments to the town’s firearms ordinance and an anti-blight ordinance will be part of a public hearing on August 7, beginning at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s lecture hall, the Legislative Council voted Wednesday, July 10.

    During the meeting’s initial public comment period, resident Barbara O’Connor expressed concerns with amendments to Newtown’s Firearms Ordinance, which have been the subject of subcommittee meetings for nearly a year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.