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  • Rain And More Rain Changes Duck Race Plans

    Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race.

    Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chair Bob Schmidt spun tickets in a raffle wheel.

  • Llodra, Rodgers Planning To Run For Reelection, Gaston Likely

    After helping guide Newtown through its darkest days post 12/14, leading a team of officials supporting a rebuilding site for Sandy Hook School, and four of the most challenging budget processes in memory, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers have announced intentions to seek respective third terms this November.

  • Local Town Clerk, Staff Still Hoping For Privacy Legislation

    May 22 marked exactly one month from the day that any action occurred on proposed legislation inspired by Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, her staff, and other members of the state Town Clerk’s Association who want to see certain restrictions on state death records. And the local officials behind the proposal were not happy about it.

  • Esty Applauds $1.3m SERV Grant For Sandy Hook Elementary

    NEW BRITAIN – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding news that Sandy Hook Elementary will receive a School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Superintendent Reed Begins Budget Advocacy Campaign With Video Message

    Less than 12 hours after the Legislative Council acted to reduce the school district’s budget request by another $300,000, Acting Superintendent John Reed was recording a two-part video message to the community, helping to launch a get-out-the-vote effort he promised to support through a third round referendum June 4.

  • Murphy, Blumenthal, Esty Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

    WASHINGTON, DC — Connecticut’s US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown’s Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Council Cuts Another $300,000 From Schools

    After about two hours of community input, deliberations and two failed amendments, the Legislative Council voted 9-3 to further reduce the school district’s budget request by $300,000. If approved at a planned third round referendum June 4, that would drop requested Board of Education increase to 3.93 percent

    Voters already passed the municipal budget request in a split May 14 referendum. Upon approval, the district budget would stand at $71,045,304.

  • Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Connecticut’s US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown’s Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Police Reports May 12 - May 20, 2013

    Arrest Warrant

    After he learned that police held a warrant for his arrest, James Brown, 76, of Wolcott went to the police station about 11 am on May 16 and was charged with four offenses in connection with an incident that occurred last September, police said.

    Police said that they charged Brown with engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, passing in a no-passing zone, and traveling unreasonably fast.

  • Fire Reports May 16 - 22, 2013

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

     

    Thursday, May 16: 8 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 189 Brushy Hill Road, Botsford responded.

    Friday, May 17: 10:11 am, wires down, near 259 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook responded; 3:45 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded; 4:40 pm, public service, 7 Cold Spring Road, Botsford responded.