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  • First Sandy Hook Memorial Playground Opens In Central NJ

    SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of 12/14.

    The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

    The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Town Representatives Begin Discussions On Future Of Sandy Hook Elementary School

    In a 2½-hour meeting that took place in Council Chambers at the Newtown Municipal Center, Friday evening, April 5, facilitator Richard Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led a group of 27 people representing the Board of Education, Legislative Council, Board of Finance, and the Board of Selectmen — collectively, The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force — through the beginning of what will be a four to five week process to reach consensus for the Board of Education, as to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School buildin

  • Obama Plans Trip To Connecticut

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Connecticut April 8 to step up the pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass gun control legislation.

    The president is scheduled to speak at the University of Hartford, a White House official said Tuesday on condition of anonymity since the trip had not yet been officially announced. Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 are being invited to attend.

  • Fire Reports | March 28-April 3, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, March 28: 12:43 pm, public service, 18 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook responded; 7:31 pm, mutual aid call, Dodgingtown responded; 7:37 pm, medical assist, Golden Pond Road, Botsford responded.

    Friday, March 29: 9:59 am, alarm, 16 Butternut Ridge, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Connecticut General Assembly Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

    HARTFORD – In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation's most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation's worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre.

  • Open Burning Season Extended

    Newtown Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season through May 5.

    Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Police Anticipate Hiring Additional Officers

    In anticipation of hiring additional police officers next fiscal year, police officials are starting to plan for the police hiring process, which is a sequence of events required to bring new officers onto the police staff, Police Chief Michael Kehoe told Police Commission members this week.

    At an April 2 session, Chief Kehoe said that depending upon how the town’s budgeting process for the 2013-14 fiscal year transpires, the police department may hire three or four additional officers.

  • Proposed Budget Would Hike Taxes More Than 5%

    In a 9-3 vote April 3, the Legislative Council moved a budget request of $111,149,825 to an April 23 referendum. If approved the budget would increase spending about 4.7 percent over the current year, while generating a 5.24 percent tax increase according to Town Finance Director Robert Tait.

    Because of this year’s revaluation, with average property values dropping markedly, an approved budget would bump the current 24.54 mill rate to 33.77. A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in taxable property.

  • Selectmen Review Plans For 12/14 Memorial Panel

    The Board of Selectmen spent a few minutes April 1 reviewing where the town stands on plans for establishing permanent 12/14 memorials. First Selectman Pat Llodra reviewed several points with Selectman James Gaston; Selectman Will Rodgers was absent.

  • Queen Street Resident Urges More Speed Bumps

    A Queen Street resident is urging Police Commission members to have all five of the large speed bumps planned for Queen Street installed there to hold down motorists’ travel speeds as a pedestrian safety measure.

    Late last year, the town installed three large speed bumps, known as “speed tables” on the southern section of Queen Street as a speed control measure.