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  • Community Invited To Learn Signs Of Suicide, Prevention Tactics

    In 1906, the internationally recognized Morse code distress signal SOS was established and has grown to represent a call for help. On June 5, community members are being called to learn how to recognize if someone they know or care about may be reaching out for help because they are contemplating suicide.

    Newtown’s first Caring For Our Youth Signs Of Suicide (SOS) Community Forum is being sponsored by the Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project Thursday, June 5, at Newtown Middle School Auditorium from 6 to 7:30 pm.

  • BOS Launching Town Wide Facilities Analysis Monday; Public Input Requested

    Every Board of Selectmen’s meeting provides two opportunities for members of the public to comment on agenda items and other issues of public importance. First Selectman Pat Llodra is reaching out to residents to come with questions or ideas about the future of town-owned buildings and facilities.

  • Prevention Council Reviews A Season Of Accomplishment

    During its final meeting of the 2013-14 school year, the Newtown Prevention Council reviewed work completed since last September.

  • Joining A National Discussion: 'Not One More'

    Every time she hears about a shooting in this country, Katie Morosky said, she is traumatized.

    “It comes back every time,” the Newtown resident said Friday afternoon. “Every time you hear about another shooting, everything that happened here comes right back.”

  • Former Eyesore Razed; Church Hill Road Site Awaits Redevelopment

    As commuter traffic rolled by at about 7:30 am on Thursday, May 29, all that was left of a longstanding local eyesore was a pile of demolition debris sitting next to a hulking bright yellow excavator on the western corner lot at Church Hill Road and Edmond Road.

    On Thursday, May 22, a work crew had arrived at 67 Church Hill Road where a vacant former Shell gas station/convenience store had stood empty for the past several years, becoming progressively decrepit, the victim of wind and weathering.

  • Superintendent To Form School Culture And Climate Panel

    After hearing a presentation by the Newtown Federation of Teachers at the Board of Education’s May 20 meeting, Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, said this week he plans to form a culture and climate committee in the school district.

    At the school board’s May 20 meeting, federation members voiced concerns regarding a range of topics, and Dr Erardi suggested at the meeting that a committee be formed.

    The concept for the panel has grown in the last week, according to the superintendent.

  • State Reps Talk Budget, Legislation At Forum

    House Republican Mitch Bolinsky, representing most of Newtown from his 106th District seat, said during a forum Tuesday that the state has to be more taxpayer friendly and more business friendly.

    Resident Paul Mangiafico later reminded Mr Bolinsky of his comment during the evening’s State of the State that raised topics including the budget, legislation, and other issues involving the state’s taxpayers.

  • Kennel Club Donates Funds To Police K-9 Unit

    The Newtown Kennel Club has donated $1,800 to the K-9 unit of the Newtown Police Department to be used for food, equipment, and supplies for the department’s German shepherd Saint, police said.

  • Recovery Project Slates Next Community Forum: Signs Of Suicide, June 5

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next community forum, “Caring for our Youth, Signs of Suicide (SOS),” to take place Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.

    The forum will highlight the relationship between depression and suicide, teaching that most often suicide is a fatal response to a treatable disorder – depression, according to a release.