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  • P&Z Refines Open Space Goals Of Town Plan

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their update of the 2004 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, recently focusing on the open space aspects of the town plan, which is intended to guide land use decision making during the coming decade.

    Conservation Commission members have aided P&Z members in formulating the open space section of the town plan.

  • Newtown Replacing Retiring Crown Vics With Chevies, Ford SUVs

    Newtown residents paying attention to the comings and goings of local police responders have likely noticed that the familiar slate blue Ford Crown Victoria sedans are sharing the road with brand-new and more compact Chevrolet “black and white” cruisers.

  • Finance Bd Pares School Budget Request By $750,000

    The Board of Finance has no line item authority over the school district budget request, but that did not stop its members from suggesting myriad ways the Board of Education and district administration could shave its $73,042,343 spending plan without necessarily eliminating key components like planned security enhancements, technology upgrades, facility maintenance and even full-day kindergarten.

  • Town’s 12/14 Fund Swells, Foundation Poised To Staff Distribution Panel

    While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.

  • Team 26 Pedals A Message To DC Legislators

    Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C., from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26.

  • Celebrate Fresh Air Day On March 20

    Fresh Air Fund Chairperson for Newtown Marie Athans is throwing a pizza party on March 20 — Fresh Air Day.

    Looking forward to the first day of spring on that same day, she welcomes Fresh Air host families who have welcomed a child or are thinking of welcoming a New York City child into their homes this summer. The party will be at Franco’s Pizza in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street, Newtown at 4:30 pm, kicking off the fresh air celebration, she said.

  • Governor Malloy Orders Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy ordered US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff to honor Army Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. The order was issued on Wednesday, March 13. Captain Pedersen-Keel has family in Madison.

  • Newtown-Bred Activists Partnering Up With National Gun-Control Groups

    WASHINGTON – The 26 gun control activists who biked from Newtown to Washington, arriving Tuesday, belong to a growing group of Newtown residents who, with the help of national groups, are becoming a lobbying force on Capitol Hill.

    The residents and family members of the 26 killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings are a powerful reminder of the tragedy for lawmakers and reporters, who sometimes have short attention spans.

  • Pressure Builds As Leaders Work On Gun Control

    The National Rifle Association and three makers of AR-15 rifles filled the Legislative Office Building with gun owners and firearms workers Monday, a show of force intended to blunt the reach of gun-control legislation now being negotiated by the General Assembly's leadership.

    The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate adjourned without a deal at 5 p.m. after a third day of negotiations. A spokesman for House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said they had “another productive day and will meet again tomorrow.”

  • Finance Bd. OKs More Police, Vehicles, And Private School Grants For Security

    Following several motions and proposed amendments at a Board of Finance meeting Monday, March 11, officials unanimously recommended setting aside $420,000 in a contingency account to hire and train additional police officers and providing them with vehicles to guard public elementary schools.

    The board also unanimously recommended funding a grant program for three local private schools to help pay for additional security measures.