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  • Families Of 12/14 Victims Suing Lanza Estate

    BRIDGEPORT/DANBURY (AP) — The families of eight people killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting have filed lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.

    The lawsuits contend Nancy Lanza failed to properly secure the rifle her troubled adult son, Adam Lanza, used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The lawsuits seek to collect on Nancy Lanza's homeowner's insurance.

     The lawsuits were filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, except for one filed in Danbury.

  • Developer Proposes 74-Unit Housing Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is reviewing a request for sanitary sewer service at an 11.8-acre  site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, where a local developer/builder proposes the construction of a 74-unit  apartment complex known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village.

    WSA members decided on March 12 that the sewering proposal would be the subject of a WSA public hearing on April 1.

  • Children’s Department At C.H. Booth Library Reopens

    New ceiling and carpet tiles give the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library a fresh look. Shelves full of books are ready for checking out, although the loss of 10,000 water-damaged books means some favorites may not yet be available.

  • Parents Protest Cuts In Voluntary Services Program

    Newtown residents Christine Rowan and Kerri Williams spoke before the state’s Appropriations Committee on Friday, March 6, sharing concerns, private stories, and fears regarding the proposed 2016 and 2017 state spending plan presented by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 18.

    If proposed cuts to the state’s Department of Developmental Services Voluntary Services Program are approved in the budget, Ms Rowan and Ms Williams are fearful of the consequences for their families and others who use these services.

  • Local Voting Officials Oppose Plan To Eliminate Elected Registrars

    Newtown’s two registrars of voters were unable to catch the “Checks and Balances Express,” a bus full of Fairfield County registrars and voting rights supporters, as it carried opponents of a proposal to eliminate elected registrars to a hearing on Monday, March 9, in Hartford.

  • P&Z To Consider Hawleyville Sewers, Open Space Proposals

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to consider a range of topics at its March 19 meeting, including the planned Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project. The panel also is slated to discuss some open space acquisition proposals, plus three sets of proposed changes to the zoning regulations.

    The session is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 19, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Opponents Charge Proposed Multifamily Complex Poses Environmental Threat

    Opponents of a large multifamily housing complex proposed for a 35-acre site near Exit 10 of Interstate 84 are urging the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) to reject a developer’s dual requests to provide the project with sewer service and to designate certain wastewater treatment capacity for its use.

    The WSA conducted a public hearing on Thursday, March 12, on 79 Church Hill Road, LLC’s, application submitted on behalf of developer Sirjohn Papageorge of Trumbull. About 30 members of the public attended the lengthy session. 

  • Questions Raised About Senior Center And Community Center Plans

    Plans for a community center, which would begin with a Phase I senior and aquatic center construction, are cause for concern to former Commission on Aging chairman Ross Carley.

  • Four-Vehicle Crash Sends Three To Hospital, Snarls Traffic

    Police report that a four-vehicle accident occurred about 4 pm on March 11 at the four-way intersection of Berkshire Road (Route 34), Bennetts Bridge Road, and Grays Plain Road in Sandy Hook.

    The collision resulted in three people being transported to the hospital for medical evaluation. Also, the incident created extensive travel delays during the evening rush period.

    The driver of one vehicle involved in the accident needed to be extricated from the wreckage by Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company.

  • Robert Geckle Honored As United Way Hometown Hero

    DANBURY — United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) hosted its second annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner at the Ethan Allen Hotel, Saturday, March 7. The event honored local businesses and community individuals who distinguish themselves through philanthropy and volunteerism, and make a difference in the lives of others.

    Among this year’s 14 Hometown Hero honorees was Newtown’s Robert Geckle.