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  • Arcade SHAC Open At Sand Hill Plaza

    Flashing lights and whirring machines flooded the arcade room. Children and adults maneuvered controls translating moves to onscreen race cars and motorcycles Saturday, February 16 during the grand opening of Newtown’s new Sandy Hook Arcade Center (SHAC) — that has sprung up in record time in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street.

  • Slowly But Surely, Attention Turning To Future Of Sandy Hook School

    Knowing that Sandy Hook School students and staff will be welcome and secure at Monroe’s Chalk Hill School facility until at least June of 2014, First Selectman Pat Llodra and a number of other officials at the local, state and federal level are beginning the long process of focusing on how, when and where students and staff will eventually return home to Newtown.

  • Obama Honors Fallen Newtown Educators, Staff With Medals

    WASHINGTON — All in all, Bill Sherlach would rather have not been in the ornate East Room of the White House to receive the nation's highest civilian award from President Obama.

    "A total life in obscurity would have been preferable," he said.

  • Memorial Plaque From Red Lake Presented To The School Board

    Newtown Middle School Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore brought a memorial plaque with him to the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 6.

    “It is a privilege to be here this evening,” said Dr Salvatore before the board, “to present to the Newtown Board of Education and the Newtown community this gift from our brothers and sisters in Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota. I hope I can convey to you the spirit of love which was brought to Newtown on December 20, 2012.”

  • Weekend Blizzard Was One For The Books

    Blizzard Nemo is one for the record books. Seven of Connecticut’s eight counties reported record-breaking levels of snow, said Governor Dannel P. Malloy during an evening press conference at the state armory on Saturday, February 9.

    Preliminary maximum snowfall and wind gusts for Fairfield County were announced as 35 inches and 82 miles per hour, respectively, as of 12:45 pm Saturday.

  • Intense Storm Leaves Many Without Power

    A high-intensity storm bearing strong winds and heavy rains blasted through town early Thursday morning, bringing down power lines in scattered locations, creating electrical outages.

    As of 11 am on Thursday, 1,280 customers, or 11 percent, of the Connecticut Light & Power Company’s (CL&P) local customers were without power as utility crews worked to restore electrical service.

    At 6:30 am, 12 percent of local customers had been without electricity.

  • Hartford Comes To Newtown For Hearing On Gun Violence Prevention

    Drizzle fell on a line of residents Wednesday, some waiting nearly an hour to attend or speak at a public hearing of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. As cars streamed into the Newtown High School lot, residents Jan Neuberger and her husband Bob Carter touted signs demanding safer gun laws.

  • Board Reviews Selectmen’s Proposed $38.5 Million Budget

    Selectmen Monday night quickly approved the general government’s roughly $4 million portion of the overall first selectman’s proposed $38.5 million 2013-14 budget. They will review other portions of the overall proposal continuing next week.

    The municipal spending plan, which does not include the $73,042,343 Board of Education proposal, is a 1.9 percent increase — $731,155 — over the 2012-13 budget. The complete proposed budget summary and budget details can be viewed on the town’s website at Newtown-ct.gov.

  • Police Chief Meets With Obama To Discuss Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and other law enforcement officials Monday as part of the White House’s policy to reach out to the public in the hopes it pressures Congress to approve gun control measures.

  • Gas Leak Closes Mt Pleasant Road For 24 Hours

    Through-traffic was flowing again on Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville during the Thursday morning rush, after a major natural gas leak that had been discovered there early Wednesday morning was repaired.

    At about 12:14 am on Wednesday, a passerby reported the odor of gas outdoors near 166 Mt Pleasant Road, near the driveway entrance to Maplewood at Newtown, a 100-unit assisted living complex.

    Hawleyville volunteer firefighters responded to the call. They spent about 24 hours at the scene.