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  • Green Ribbon Ride: Major Motorcycling Event Planned For Sunday, May 5

    Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The police-escorted ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”

  • A Month Of Promotion For Newtown’s Character Tree

    During the month of May, the Newtown Prevention Council in collaboration with the Newtown Police Department, and municipal government is set to promote Newtown’s Character Tree.

    The Character Tree reflects Newtown’s core character attributes: caring, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship, and perseverance.

  • A Look At What’s Next For Gun Safety

    The public is invited to attend a presentation by Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and activist for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence; Elliot Fineman, president and CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC); and Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV).

  • Monster Trucks In Sandy Hook, Saturday

    On Saturday, May 4, from 10 am until 2 pm, Pat Summa from the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck Series will be at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station.

    Mr Summa will be giving rides in a special truck made for just such an occasion. The monster truck Thrasher will also be on display in its Sandy Hook Memorial Colors.

    There is no charge. Visitors are asked to park behind the firehouse, at 18-20 Riverside Road.

  • Council Trims Budget By $900,000 For Second Referendum

    After several suggested but failed attempts to amend main motions, the Legislative Council voted to send a second round budget request to taxpayers with a $900,000 reduction. That will make the bottom line request $110,249,825, representing a 3.87 percent increase in spending over the current year.

    If approved, the increase will generate a 2013-14 mill rate of 33.42, reflecting a 4.29 percent increase in the tax rate. A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in taxable property.

  • Major Motorcycling Event Will Affect Sunday Traffic

    On Sunday, May 5, The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycling event, will pass through Newtown.

    The event is a police-escorted motorcycle ride to raise funds for a variety of funds and charities associated with the events of 12/14.

  • Hawleyville Man Sentenced To 23 Years For Child Pornography

    HARTFORD — Edward F. Wilson, 29, of Hawleyville on Wednesday, May 1, received a sentence of more than 23 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of probation, for producing, trading, and possessing child pornography.

     US District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant handed down a 280-month sentence to Wilson in US District Court, according to a statement from David B. Fein, US Attorney for Connecticut.

  • Nashville Security Conference Invites Newtown Police Chief

    NASHVILLE, TENN. — A June 18 national Electronic Security Expo (ESX) will be featuring Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe as the featured speaker of its Industry IceBreaker Luncheon.

    In times of tragedy public safety officials react. On 12/14, Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe had the extremely difficult job of reacting to an elementary school scene that no one could have imagined.

    “This day — that scene—will always be present in my mind,” he told CBS News.

  • Branches Of Healing: New Trees Replace Those Cut At Treadwell

    Trees cut down at Treadwell Park in mid-April were quickly replaced thanks to a donation. The story started with a letter in December, and ended with donors and volunteers who are “forever changed,” after helping to plant trees over the weekend of April 26-27, said resident Laura King. Twenty-six Zelkova trees now stand where 19 locusts had previously been standing along the upper wall overlooking Treadwell’s fields.

  • Town Presses Owner On His Plans For Condemned House

    The town’s building official has sent the owner of a decaying Berkshire Road house a letter informing him that the vacant, rundown building has been condemned by the town due to its deterioration, and is asking him whether he intends to improve the structure to bring it up to habitable standards.

    Chief Building Official John Poeltl said April 29 that he has sent homeowner Santiago Britt a letter requesting an immediate response about his intentions regarding the house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34).