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  • Brush Fire Dangers Remain: Red Flag Warning In Effect For April 9

    A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire state of Connecticut today. According to the National Weather Service, “wind gusts between 20-25 mph are expected to develop this afternoon before diminishing late in the day. At the same time, relative humidity values will drop to around 30 percent. This will create an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this afternoon.”

  • Community Foundation Releasing $4 Million To Victims

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.

  • Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Barn On Main Street

    Fire officials are investigating the cause of an apparently accidental fast-moving fire that destroyed a  barn and most of its contents midday on Tuesday, April 9, at 64 Main Street.

    Firefighters received a call reporting the fire at 12:34 pm, said Newtown Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Jason Rivera, who served as incident commander.

    Volunteers firefighters from the Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, Dodgingtown and Botsford fire companies also responded to the fire.

  • Obama: ‘Stand Up’ For Our Families

    WEST HARTFORD — Hoping to re-energize pro-gun safety efforts on Capitol Hill, President Obama visited Connecticut on Monday, using this state's sweeping new reforms as a catalyst.

    The president told an audience of thousands that packed the University of Hartford’s Sports Center that gun safety advocates must speak loudly — and immediately — if substantive federal legislation is to have any chance.

  • Police Reports | March 17-April 3, 2013

    Chrysler Hits Building

    At about 8:17 pm on March 17, motorist William Velez, 17, of Trumbull was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV southward near 96 Great Ring Road, when the vehicle went off the left road shoulder and collided with a garage, heavily damaging the structure, police said.

    There were no injuries. Police said they issued Velez a written warning for failure to drive to the right.

  • First Sandy Hook Memorial Playground Opens In Central NJ

    SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of 12/14.

    The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

    The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Town Representatives Begin Discussions On Future Of Sandy Hook Elementary School

    In a 2½-hour meeting that took place in Council Chambers at the Newtown Municipal Center, Friday evening, April 5, facilitator Richard Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led a group of 27 people representing the Board of Education, Legislative Council, Board of Finance, and the Board of Selectmen — collectively, The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force — through the beginning of what will be a four to five week process to reach consensus for the Board of Education, as to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School buildin

  • Fire Reports | March 28-April 3, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, March 28: 12:43 pm, public service, 18 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook responded; 7:31 pm, mutual aid call, Dodgingtown responded; 7:37 pm, medical assist, Golden Pond Road, Botsford responded.

    Friday, March 29: 9:59 am, alarm, 16 Butternut Ridge, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Obama Plans Trip To Connecticut

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Connecticut April 8 to step up the pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass gun control legislation.

    The president is scheduled to speak at the University of Hartford, a White House official said Tuesday on condition of anonymity since the trip had not yet been officially announced. Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 are being invited to attend.

  • Connecticut General Assembly Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

    HARTFORD – In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation's most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation's worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre.