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  • Local Realtors Seek Input From Residents

    At a planning meeting March 11 for the 29th annual Connecticut Realtors Association, Inc “Realtors at the Capitol” event, state representative Dan Carter asked that realtors this year bring to legislators concerns of local people surrounding not only housing issues, but other issues as well, said Newtown Board of Realtors president Kathy Suhoza of Coldwell Banker in Newtown.

  • A Newtown Contingent Joins NYC’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

    A contingent from Newtown filled four charter buses and headed to New York City Saturday morning for the 252nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard, along with members of Hawleyville and Sandy Hook Fire companies, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue, and a few teachers participated in the parade to represent.

    The group left from Newtown High School by 9:45 am, arriving in Manhattan shortly after 11.

  • Among First On Scene 12/14, Wellmore Staff Continues To Comfort Those Affected

    December 14 was off to a normal start for Marcy Kane, PhD, vice president of Child Services at the regional behavioral health agency Wellmore. Then, shortly after 9:30 am her phone rang.

    “It was the Danbury Police Department notifying us that there was a shooting incident [at Sandy Hook School] in Newtown,” Dr Kane told The Bee in a recent interview. The mental health professional said that she and a team of six clinicians immediately responded, not yet prepared for the nightmare scenario they soon would face.

  • Sandy Hook Panel Urges Broader Gun Controls

    The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.

  • Biologist Confirms Fisher Cat Sighting

    She saw the small, dark brown creature again, and this time got a picture.

    Laurie Borst captured digital images in mid-March of a narrow dark-bodied animal with a long, bushy tail walking through her yard in Sandy Hook. “I know my nature,” she said.  “This is a fisher cat.”

    Wildlife Biologist Paul Rego, with the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in Burlington, Connecticut looked at Ms Borst’s photo via email and confirmed that the animal “is a fisher.”

  • Diverse Goals For Lobby Days In Hartford

    Monday, March 11, was a day for firearms manufacturers and gun owners to have discussions with and educate state legislators on gun law legislation currently being negotiated, said Jake McGuigan, director of government relations and state affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), headquartered in Newtown.

  • Police Reports | February 8-March 12, 2013

    Pickup Vs Sedan

    A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Huntingtown Road on snow-covered pavement at about 9 am on February 8, police said.

  • EverWonder Files Draft Letter Of Intent To Lease Plymouth Hall

    A draft letter of intent (LOI) now in Fairfield Hills Authority members’ hands proposes a lease agreement between the town and proponents for the EverWonder Children’s Museum. Presenting the draft on March 6 were EverWonder board members, including Kristin Chiriatti, museum founder and president.

  • Great Newtown Reunion Hosts Seeking Sponsors

    The excitement bubbling among three organizers of this summer’s Great Newtown Reunion was palpable before they even reached the front room of the Dana Holcomb House March 12. Wendy Lee Hewitt, who graduated Newtown High School in 1974, Sharon Dest Pacenka .representing the Class of ’77. and classmate Una Lucey settled into comfy armchairs for a chat with The Bee, eager to get the word out about the planned communitywide celebration set for July 27.

  • Land Trust Pursuing Purchase Of Castle Hill Open Space

    The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private, nonprofit land trust, is spearheading a fundraising drive to buy 136 acres off Castle Hill Road, near Taunton Lake, to preserve that property as open space land.

    The NFA drive to buy the land is in competition with a local development firm’s proposal to purchase the land for the construction of up to 136 single-family houses in a cluster-style residential complex.