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  • Green Ribbon Ride: Major Motorcycling Event Planned For Sunday, May 5

    Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The police-escorted ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”

  • Council Trims Budget By $900,000 For Second Referendum

    After several suggested but failed attempts to amend main motions, the Legislative Council voted to send a second round budget request to taxpayers with a $900,000 reduction. That will make the bottom line request $110,249,825, representing a 3.87 percent increase in spending over the current year.

    If approved, the increase will generate a 2013-14 mill rate of 33.42, reflecting a 4.29 percent increase in the tax rate. A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in taxable property.

  • Major Motorcycling Event Will Affect Sunday Traffic

    On Sunday, May 5, The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycling event, will pass through Newtown.

    The event is a police-escorted motorcycle ride to raise funds for a variety of funds and charities associated with the events of 12/14.

  • Hawleyville Man Sentenced To 23 Years For Child Pornography

    HARTFORD — Edward F. Wilson, 29, of Hawleyville on Wednesday, May 1, received a sentence of more than 23 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of probation, for producing, trading, and possessing child pornography.

     US District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant handed down a 280-month sentence to Wilson in US District Court, according to a statement from David B. Fein, US Attorney for Connecticut.

  • Nashville Security Conference Invites Newtown Police Chief

    NASHVILLE, TENN. — A June 18 national Electronic Security Expo (ESX) will be featuring Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe as the featured speaker of its Industry IceBreaker Luncheon.

    In times of tragedy public safety officials react. On 12/14, Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe had the extremely difficult job of reacting to an elementary school scene that no one could have imagined.

    “This day — that scene—will always be present in my mind,” he told CBS News.

  • Branches Of Healing: New Trees Replace Those Cut At Treadwell

    Trees cut down at Treadwell Park in mid-April were quickly replaced thanks to a donation. The story started with a letter in December, and ended with donors and volunteers who are “forever changed,” after helping to plant trees over the weekend of April 26-27, said resident Laura King. Twenty-six Zelkova trees now stand where 19 locusts had previously been standing along the upper wall overlooking Treadwell’s fields.

  • A Banner For Boston

    A small banner was signed last week by employes of Newtown Municipal Center, first responders and even some of the families who lost loved ones on 12/14. The banner has been sent to Boston, offering a symbol of solidarity between two New England locations rocked by violence in the past months

  • NUSAR Acquires Aluminum Boat For Better Diving Platform

    When Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members respond to aquatic emergency calls, they soon will be doing so in a new custom-built dive boat designed to maximize the volunteer organization’s effectiveness on the water.

    NUSAR recently acquired the 20-foot-long aluminum dive boat, which replaces its 19-foot fiberglass dive boat, said NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy.

  • Newtown Real Estate Forecast: Increasingly Brighter

    Kathy Suhoza was installed as the president of the Newtown Board of Realtors in January, a task she called “daunting.” Although one of the top selling realtors for eight of the ten years she has worked as a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker, and confident of her ability to lead local realtors out of a sluggish period, the Newtown resident was unsure what kind of situation she was stepping into, following 12/14.

  • Town Presses Owner On His Plans For Condemned House

    The town’s building official has sent the owner of a decaying Berkshire Road house a letter informing him that the vacant, rundown building has been condemned by the town due to its deterioration, and is asking him whether he intends to improve the structure to bring it up to habitable standards.

    Chief Building Official John Poeltl said April 29 that he has sent homeowner Santiago Britt a letter requesting an immediate response about his intentions regarding the house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34).