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  • Land Trust Hopes To Preserve Parcels In Castle Hill Housing Plan

    A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill.

    A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.

  • Cyclists Plan Sandy Hook Ride On Washington

    Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.

  • NYFS Seeking Volunteers For Independent Living Day 2013

    An annual event for Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), Independent Living Day allows low- to moderate-income seniors and disabled residents to remain in their homes independently for longer periods of time by receiving assistance with basic home upkeep, free of charge. Additionally, NYFS provides the seniors with a link to the outside community making them feel welcomed and cared for as part of the larger community.

    Independent Living Day 2013 will be Saturday, April 27, and NYFS is looking for volunteers to help.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • NHS Graduates Planning Boston Event To Benefit Children’s Museum

    The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston.

    In response to the tragedy of 12/14, nine young people found themselves pulled together, and like so many others, began asking what they could do to help ease the pain in their hometown.

  • Robinson’s Stratford Contract Confirms Start Date, Benefit Details

    Newtown’s departing School Superintendent Janet Robinson will begin her new job in Stratford no later than July 1, according to her new contract, which was provided to The Bee following a Freedom of Information request. The contract also affirms that Stratford will be compensating Dr Robinson at a rate significantly higher than what Stratford’s interim superintendent apparently earned, but less than the same individual earned when she was the contracted superintendent.

  • The Way We Were, from the issue dated March 1, 2013

    March 4, 1988

  • "Violence, Loss and Emotional Healing: A Buddhist Perspective," March 13 At Adath Israel

    "It is far better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

    —HH Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

    The first of the Four Noble Truths taught by the historical Buddha affirmed the reality of human suffering. The Buddha went on to outline a methodology for transforming negative emotions of anger, despair, and helplessness into a path of active compassion toward oneself and others.

  • AFS Gains Approval For Propane Storage

    In response to complaints from a couple who lives nearby, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has placed a set of conditions on its approval for an industrial firm to install a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank and a chiller unit near its factory.

    In action following a February 21 public hearing, P&Z members approved an application from Advanced Fusion Systems LLC (AFS) to install the equipment near its Edmond Road industrial building.