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  • Applications Being Accepted For Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund

    Pursuant to Special Act 13-1, the Judicial Branch’s Office of Victim Services has begun accepting applications for the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Program. The fund is intended to provide immediate financial help for emergency responders, medical and mental health professionals, and Sandy Hook Elementary School employees who suffered a mental or emotional impairment because of 12/14. 
    The General Assembly enacted the special act earlier this year; it became effective April 1.

  • Ordinance Committee Reviews Target Range Issues

    The Legislative Council’s Ordinance Committee fielded a range of public comments April 11 on a proposal to rework the town’s gun ordinance to better address the various issues, including public safety,  posed by target shooting on residential properties.

    Mary Ann Jacob, who chairs the committee, said she expects that the panel’s review of the topic would take several months to complete, possibly extending into the fall.

  • Francine Wheeler To Give Presidential Weekly Address This Weekend

    Francine Wheeler will be giving the Weekly Address from The White House on Saturday, April 13, 2013, one day before the four-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings.

    Mrs Wheeler and her husband, David, lost their son Ben, 6, on 12/14. They have another son, Nate. 

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President's decision to have Mrs Wheeler offer comments on April 13 during this afternoon's press briefing.

    "The President has asked Francine Wheeler .. to speak to the American people in this week's Weekly Address," he said.

  • P&Z Reviews Economic Development For Town Plan Update

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing local economic development information for inclusion in the decennial update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

    At an April 4 P&Z session, Elizabeth Stocker, town director of economic and community development, reported to P&Z members on economic development that has occurred since the 2004 town plan was published, as well as the prospects for continued economic growth.

  • I-84 Bridge Reconstruction Plans Delayed

    State plans to shift the travel lanes on two Interstate-84 bridges, which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, in preparation for a two-year dual bridge reconstruction project have been delayed for technical reasons, according to a state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman.

    DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week that state officials are reviewing an issue concerning eastbound I-84’s existing bridge pavement geometry that must be resolved before a lane shift could be created on that bridge.

  • SHU Announces Commencement Honorary Degree Recipients: Llodra To Receive Honorary Doctor Of Law

    FAIRFIELD — During Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 18, Sacred Heart University will present Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal magazine, with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of Barnabas Health, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Mr Baumann will deliver the keynote address to the graduates and their family and friends.

  • ‘Glee’ May Be A Little Close To Home Tonight

    Tonight’s episode of Glee (9 pm, FOX-TV) may be a little much for some residents to stomach. Less than four months after Adam Lanza killed his mother in her bed, then shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot to death 20 children and six faculty members, tonight’s episode will reportedly focus on a shooting in the hallways of William McKinley High School.

  • Newtown Donations Coordination Team Moves Forward

    The Newtown Donations Coordination Team is a town-sanctioned group established by First Selectman Patricia Llodra and tasked with cataloguing and seeing that the many “in kind” donations received by the town are presented to the intended recipients. The team was formed in February, in response to issues Town Tax Assessor Chris Kelsey encountered as he tried to catalogue physical items in a warehouse, and realized many non-tangible donations needed to be tracked.