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  • Flag With Messages Of Support Delivered From The Front Lines Of Afghanistan

    Sgt Laurence F. Bennett was fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan when his unit learned about the tragic school shootings that happened in Newtown, so he obtained a Connecticut flag that was flying over his base and began gathering signatures. A few days before the end of his duty, as he prepared to fly home and begin his retirement, he shipped the flag to Newtown.

  • Children Leave Schools After 'Modified Lockdown'; Phone Call Threat Received

    The office of the Superintendent of Schools confirmed Monday that Newtown schools were placed in "modified lockdown" in the afternoon. They did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

    At 2:05 pm a phone call was received at Hawley School issuing an "unspecified" threat, according to the superintendent's office. By 3 pm, school buses were authorized to take children home even though Superintendent of Schools had not formally lifted the modified lockdown order.

  • Police Probe Threat Of Violence Against Hawley School Occupants

    Newtown Police Detective Joe Joudy stands next to a Newtown Police cruiser parked outside Hawley School on Monday afternoon. A male caller made an unspecifed threat against the school and its occupants, which put all of Newtown’s schools into a temporary modified lockdown. 

  • Assured Of Its Passage, Newtown Delegation Votes No On $2B Bonding Measure

    All four members of Newtown's legislative delegation - Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, along with Reps Mitch Bolinsky, DebraLee Hovey and Dan Carter - knew from day one of this year's session, that the community would be "made whole" post 12/14 with state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School.

  • Newtown’s GE Support Team Updates Selectmen On Progress

    From establishing a municipal recovery portal to providing local ticket distribution logistics for special Yankee and Red Sox games dedicated to Newtown, a trio of loaned executives from GE Capital took on a slew of assignments too intensive for local officials to appropriately handle with skill and efficiency.

  • Special Olympics Torch Run Cancelled

    Due to today’s inclement weather, the final leg of the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, which was due to pass through Newtown shortly after 11 this morning, has been cancelled.

    The torch has been working its way through the state since Wednesday, when it left from Foxwoods following a rally. Additional routes were covered yesterday following a rally in Hartford.

  • Superintendent Asked To Prepare Budget Plan That Includes FDK

    The Board of Education has directed Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to develop an example of what the 2013-14 school budget would look like with the inclusion of full-day kindergarten, and report back to the school board before either its June 18 or July 16 meetings.

  • Newtown Lap Planned At Relay For Life Of Bethel

    BETHEL — Newtown’s neighbors to the west will be holding a special Newtown Lap during their Relay For Life event this weekend.

    Relay for Life of Bethel, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, at Bethel High School, will honor Newtown cancer survivors, patients and caregivers with a special lap at 5 pm Saturday.

    Bethel’s Relay will have its Opening Ceremony at 4 pm (including the Survivors Lap at 4:20), Luminaria Ceremony at 9 pm, and Fight Back Ceremony at 11 pm.

  • The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From June 7

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated June 7, 2013.

    The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee.

    Tune in weekly.

  • Police Dog Baro Retires; New Dog Sought

    Baro, the police department’s German shepherd, is seen at a recent public demonstration of his law enforcement skills. Baro, who is nearly 10 years old, has been retired from service due to health concerns.