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  • Couple Mounts Protest At NSSF

    As heavy afternoon rush-period traffic whizzed by on March 14, a local couple stood in front of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) office building at 11 Mile Hill Road holding signs of protest.

    A sign held by Andrew Morosky charged that NSSF, as a firearms industry lobby group, profited from the December 14 Sandy Hook School shooting tragedy.

  • Newtown Communications Center To Be Honored For 12/14 Efforts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Newtown Emergency Communications Center is scheduled to receive the 2013 Outstanding Call Center Award in ceremonies on Tuesday, March 19.

    US Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will present the award at the Tenth Annual 911 Honors Gala.

  • Specialist Helps Newtown Assess Its Post-Traumatic Support Response

    Jill Barron, MD, MHS, has been quietly ramping up plans to conduct a critical needs assessment of mental health and support response since arriving in Newtown in late February. But the experienced trauma specialist who worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 made her first local public appearance, receiving an official welcome when she was introduced to the Board of Selectmen March 18.

  • Town Meeting On Hawley Boiler Project Is March 20

    Electors and citizens qualified to vote at Town Meetings of the Town of Newtown are invited to participate in a Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm in the Council Chamber of the Newtown Municipal Center for the following purposes:

  • 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.