• Local Residents March On Washington For Gun Control

    In the biting cold of 4 am, with a nearly full moon still high in the dark January 26 sky, 52 residents of Newtown, Sandy Hook, and area towns filed onto a bus parked at the Routes 25/111 commuter lot in Trumbull. Bearing posters with slogans like “One gun death = too many! 10,000 = national disgrace,” “Don’t Fund Your Retirement with Blood Profits!” and “Newtown Demands Action! We Choose Love,” carrying pillows, blankets, and thermoses full of hot coffee, the riders were headed to the March on Washington for Gun Control.

  • Intense Storm Leaves Many Without Power

    A high-intensity storm bearing strong winds and heavy rains blasted through town early Thursday morning, bringing down power lines in scattered locations, creating electrical outages.

    As of 11 am on Thursday, 1,280 customers, or 11 percent, of the Connecticut Light & Power Company’s (CL&P) local customers were without power as utility crews worked to restore electrical service.

    At 6:30 am, 12 percent of local customers had been without electricity.

  • Hartford Comes To Newtown For Hearing On Gun Violence Prevention

    Drizzle fell on a line of residents Wednesday, some waiting nearly an hour to attend or speak at a public hearing of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. As cars streamed into the Newtown High School lot, residents Jan Neuberger and her husband Bob Carter touted signs demanding safer gun laws.

  • 26.4.26 Foundation Hand Delivers $30,000 From Nashville

    Robbie Bruce of Nashville, Tenn., saw an article about the way the Newtown Youth Academy (NYA) opened its doors to students and families following 12/14.

    Like many people from across the country, he wanted to send his support to Newtown, and specifically to NYA. He started the 26.4.26 Foundation as a fundraiser.

    “We’re all runners,” he said Saturday, January 19, when he personally delivered a check for $30,000 to NYA Founder Peter D’Amico.

  • Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Sandy Hook School Fraud Case

    BRIDGEPORT — A Bronx, N.Y., woman on January 17 pleaded not guilty in US District Court to a criminal charge of lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in Newtown.

    Nouel Alba, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count of making false statements to federal agents, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Alba is represented by a public defender.

  • Community Conversation Continues

    Many voices said rebuild, knock down, memorialize, during the second “Community Conversation” on what to do with the Sandy Hook School building following the events of 12/14. Others said they want to see the school building in use again.

    The session took place Friday, January 18, in the Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.

    As First Selectman Pat Llodra said near the end of the event, there are many differing opinions and, as the process moves forward, “compromise will be the name of the game.”

  • Robinson Speaks To Congress On Gun Violence

    Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson spoke at a House of Representatives hearing on gun violence in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 16.

    The hearing, called “Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action,” was conducted by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Dr Robinson was one speaker on a panel for the hearing.

  • Lieberman Joins SHS Support Fund As Advisor

    At a January 18 press conference, retired US Senator Joseph Lieberman discussed his role in advising The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, the largest of the many charities that have formed since the December 14 mass shootings at the elementary school.

    The fund, which currently is being overseen by the United Way of Western Connecticut and by the Newtown Savings Bank, so far has received approximately $8.5 million in donations in response to the 12/14 tragedy at Sandy Hook School.

  • Task Force Hearings Slated In Newtown

    Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney said he and Newtown’s legislative delegation expected at least one public hearing of a special bipartisan task force charged with developing recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety, and increase access to mental health care to be held in Newtown.

    That hearing is set for Wednesday, January 30, at 6 pm in Newtown High School.