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  • NHS Classes Reunite

    Gathering over cocktails and dinner at The Inn at Newtown on Saturday, June 21, were members of Newtown High School graduating classes including 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962. Many of the guests have known one another since prior to their high school graduations, and the annual reunion reunites residents with friends who no longer live in town. Roughly 50 people from the various classes enjoyed dinner and a happy hour at one of the inn’s banquet rooms.

  • Newtown’s ‘Diver Doctor’ Goes 60 Feet Under With Fabian Cousteau

    A chance meeting between Newtown’s “diver doctor” David Charash, MD, and famed third-generation oceanographer Fabian Cousteau during a symposium at Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium last February has bloomed into a friendship that most recently prompted an invitation to Cousteau’s laboratory — 60 feet below the surface of the Caribbean.

  • SHS Project Firm Chosen To Manage Community Center Development

    The Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), which is representing the town in overseeing the new community center development, has selected a familiar firm to handle management as the project begins ramping up.

  • Fire Officials Raise Concerns About Regional Dispatch Proposal

    Fire officials this week voiced concerns about the implications of a proposal to have the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls move about 25 miles from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc at Route 68 in Prospect.

  • P&Z Rejects Expanding Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    Following a June 19 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members declined to revise the zoning regulations for the M-2A (Industrial) zone located in Hawleyville, as had been requested by the Economic Development Commission (EDC).

    The EDC had sought to have the P&Z add three uses to the list of allowed land uses in the M-2A zone — distribution centers, warehouses, and/or wholesale businesses.

  • Community Connections: 12/14 Resource Guide Fosters Local Collaboration

    Released late last month, Community Connections: Town of Newtown 12-14-12 Resource Guide is a new edition of a book published in November by Sandy Hook resident Sharon L. Cohen. Now a collaborative effort between the Town and Ms Cohen, the reference source offers updated information on organizations that were formed in the aftermath of 12/14.

  • Rebecca Kowalski Honored Among Connecticut Sun 'Women Of Inspiration'

    UNCASVILLE — The Connecticut Sun women’s basketball team honored three 2014 Women of Inspiration, including Newtown resident Rebecca Kowalski, during a pregame reception and halftime ceremony when the Sun hosted the Indiana Fever at Mohegan Sun Arena June 7.

    Ms Kowalski was honored alongside former governor Jodi Rell, who received the Margo Dydek Award. Heather Ciarletto, who inspired and led a social justice and diversity initiative at Wethersfield High School, was also honored during the event.

  • Wellmore Behavioral Health School Crisis Staff ‘Stand Down’ In Newtown

    Eighteen months after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Wellmore Behavioral Health will now ‘stand down’ from its intensive, crisis response and school-based recovery effort but will remain a part of the plan for longer term community support. 

  • Inmates Arrested Following Garner Prison Incidents

     State police report two incidents in which inmates were arrested at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    State police said that at about 8:54 pm on June 17, they received a call from Garner staff informing them that an assault had occurred involving an inmate and prison staff members.

  • Newtown Man Charged In New Canaan Diamond Theft

    NEW CANAAN — New Canaan police have charged a Newtown man with first-degree larceny in connection with his alleged theft of a diamond worth $40,000 while he was doing carpet work in a home on Weed Street.

    Police spokeswoman Sergeant Carol Ogrinc said this week that police charged Mario J. Pizighelli, 50, of 29 Botsford Hill Road on a warrant on June 10 at the police station in connection with an incident that occurred on May 5.