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  • 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.   

  • Police Reports May 24 - June 4

    Botsford Bridge

    Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housatonic Railroad’s train overpass there had a clearance limit of 11 feet, 5 inches, police said.

    The top of the truck then smashed into the bottom on the overpass, damaging the top of the truck and ejecting some cargo onto the roadway, police said.

  • Fire Reports May 30 - June 5, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

    Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgingtown responded; 8:56 pm, investigation, 10 Russett Road, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, May 31: 2:17 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 66 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 5:21 pm, wires down, near 15 Algonquin Trail, Sandy Hook responded.

  • New York City Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud in 12/14 Scam

    BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.

  • $362K Transfers Cover Emergency Repairs, Storm Cleanup Shortfall, Wear And Tear

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs.

    Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.