• Independent Study Addresses Police Dept Morale Issues

    A study of working conditions experienced by rank-and-file officers at the Newtown Police Department has found that police are working in an environment of low morale fueled by a high level of employee dissatisfaction.

  • Amaral Agrees To Sell Parcel To NH&L

    Daniel Amaral, whose former Chrysler dealership and service station is a fixture on upper South Main Street, is hoping to welcome a new neighbor in the coming months — Newtown Hook & Ladder.

    The local businessman and longtime Legislative Councilman told The Bee this week he has agreed to sell a 1.1-acre parcel across from his garage and adjacent to the Chintz-N-Prints fabric shop to the volunteer fire company as a site for its new firehouse headquarters.

  • School Board Postpones Budget Decisions

    While it was made it clear no decisions would be made on the Board of Education's budget until it passes referendum, Chair Debbie Leidlein asked her board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 1, to decide what information it would like the district to provide before decisions are made.

  • Ex-Policeman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

    DANBURY — A Danbury Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced the former president of the Newtown Police Union to spend the next six months in jail, among other penalties, for having stolen $95,667 from the union's financial accounts during a three-year period ending in 2010.

    Judge John Blawie also ordered Andrew Stinson, 35, of Watertown to serve three years' probation following his jail time. That probation would include 50 hours of community service during each of the three years.

  • Police Chief Saw ‘Solvable Case’ Developing Against John Heath

    Twenty-eight years and one month to the day John Heath told Newtown police he discovered his wife Elizabeth had left their Poverty Hollow Road home and declared her a missing person, he was being arraigned on first degree murder charges at Danbury Superior Court.

    Newtown Chief Michael Kehoe, who was a local patrol officer when the missing person case was first reported, announced Heath was taken into custody on April 30 and was being held on a $1 million court-ordered bond pending a May 1 arraignment.

  • Heath Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering His Wife In 1984

    DANBURY — John Sherman Heath, 68, of Bridgewater pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder on Tuesday in Danbury Superior Court, after being arrested on a warrant by Newtown police for having allegedly killed his wife Elizabeth Gough Heath, 32, in April 1984, at their Poverty Hollow Road home in Newtown.

    Several judicial marshals escorted Mr Heath into Courtroom 2 where Judge John Blawie presided at the arraignment.

    Mr Heath elected to have a jury trial on the murder charge, which is a Class A felony.

  • Sandy Hook School Fourth Grade Walks Three Miles For A Cause

    Months of effort and study came to a conclusion on Monday, May 7, when fourth grade students at Sandy Hook School walked under a flag and simulated walking three miles for water.

    The walk was originally planned for Friday, May 4, but due to weather it was postponed to Monday.

    “We want to know how it feels to walk all that way just to get water,” said fourth grader Will Swift as the entire fourth grade lined up to start the expected one-hour walk.

  • Glimpse Of The Garden: Staying In Step With Nature

    A dried gourd provides housing for small birds, and suspended from the branch just beyond it, a special wasp house gives shelter to the stinging insects that are actually beneficial to gardens. Offering habitats and shelter to creatures of all kinds is part of Dr Cramer’s garden philosophy.

  • C.H. Booth Library Director Announces Her Retirement

    In an unexpected diversion from the agenda of the monthly meeting of the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, Tuesday evening, September 11, Library Director Janet Woycik announced her intent to retire, effective June 30, 2013.

    It was a decision, said Ms Woycik in an interview with The Newtown Bee, made only after months of consideration, and one that she did not make lightly. “I love this job,” she said, “but sometimes you have to make a decision and move on it.”

  • Working Hard For Workcamp

    Ellie Mouchantat and Drew Sullivan each offered testimonials that shared why they decided to return to workcamp for a fourth year on Saturday, April 29, during the Annual NEWS Workcamp Fundraiser Breakfast. —Bee Photos, Hicks