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  • NYFS Seeking Volunteers For Independent Living Day 2013

    An annual event for Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), Independent Living Day allows low- to moderate-income seniors and disabled residents to remain in their homes independently for longer periods of time by receiving assistance with basic home upkeep, free of charge. Additionally, NYFS provides the seniors with a link to the outside community making them feel welcomed and cared for as part of the larger community.

    Independent Living Day 2013 will be Saturday, April 27, and NYFS is looking for volunteers to help.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • NHS Graduates Planning Boston Event To Benefit Children’s Museum

    The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston.

    In response to the tragedy of 12/14, nine young people found themselves pulled together, and like so many others, began asking what they could do to help ease the pain in their hometown.

  • Robinson’s Stratford Contract Confirms Start Date, Benefit Details

    Newtown’s departing School Superintendent Janet Robinson will begin her new job in Stratford no later than July 1, according to her new contract, which was provided to The Bee following a Freedom of Information request. The contract also affirms that Stratford will be compensating Dr Robinson at a rate significantly higher than what Stratford’s interim superintendent apparently earned, but less than the same individual earned when she was the contracted superintendent.

  • AFS Gains Approval For Propane Storage

    In response to complaints from a couple who lives nearby, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has placed a set of conditions on its approval for an industrial firm to install a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank and a chiller unit near its factory.

    In action following a February 21 public hearing, P&Z members approved an application from Advanced Fusion Systems LLC (AFS) to install the equipment near its Edmond Road industrial building.

  • Community Giveaway Attracts Several Thousand To Reed School

    The town was so flooded with gifts of goodwill from across the nation and world following the December 14 Sandy Hook School shootings tragedy, that it accumulated a massive inventory of gifts, far exceeding the needs of the people most directly affected by the incident.

    To distribute those thousands upon thousands of gifts, many of them toys, the town conducted a Community Giveaway event during a six-hour period on Sunday, February 24, at the Reed Intermediate School. Several thousand people attended.

  • Community Giveaway Draws A Crowd

    On Sunday afternoon, February 24, some of the thousands of town residents  who attended a community giveaway event at the Reed Intermediate School waited patiently to enter the school gymnasium. Through the event, residents received gifts of goodwill that were sent to the town following the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Falling Assessments Account for 23% Drop In Grand List

    Newtown Assessor Chris Kelsey has calculated the latest town grand list figures as of October 1, 2012, which indicate local property assessments are down 23.22 percent. As a result, many Newtown property owners will see a slight drop in their residential taxes this year.

  • Finance Bd. Reviews Budget, OKs Video Surveillance At Chalk Hill

    The Board of Finance turned its eye on the proposed municipal budget at its meeting on Thursday, February 28, and approved a transfer in the current budget to cover costs for software to enable police to monitor videos at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School in real time.

  • All Hands In: A Celebration Of Community Through Traditional Song & Dance

    Newtown resident Patricia Campbell is organizing a special event, “All Hands In: A Celebration of Community through Traditional Song and Dance,” to take place Friday, March 22, at HealingNewtown Arts Center. It is Mrs Campbell’s hope that she will be able to help fellow Newtown residents continue in their healing following 12/14.