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  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current vacancies include:

    Hattertown Historic District: an open alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • Ten Plaintiffs: Lawsuits Against Lanza Estate Seek Money Damages

    BRIDGEPORT — The families of eight people who were killed and also two people who were seriously injured in the December 14, 2012, shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed lawsuits against the estate of the mother of the gunman in the incident.

    Through the two lawsuits, the ten plaintiffs, in effect, are seeking money damages from the insurance firm that provided coverage for the home of Nancy Lanza at Yogananda Street in Sandy Hook.

  • Finance Board Reviews Health Plan Funding Windfall

    At its March 9 budget review session, the Board of Finance heard details of a $300,000 savings opportunity in the town’s self-insured employee heath fund.

    Employee Medical Benefits Board Chairman Mark Mattioli and board member Jim Loring appeared to answer questions and to amplify significant points in a memo sent to town Finance Director Robert Tait and Newtown School District Business Manager Ron Bienkowski.

  • $1 Million Raised For Fairfield County Nonprofits During 2015 Giving Day; $39,151 For Newtown Groups

    Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) Giving Day, held March 5, raised more than $1 million for nearly 400 nonprofit organizations in a 24-hour period.

    Donations last Thursday totaled $960,991, while sponsorships from a prize pool added another $105,100, for a grand total of 1,066,091. Fifteen Newtown organizations raised a total of $39,151.

    The second annual online day of giving was more successful than 2014’s event, which raised a total of $745,729.64.

  • 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.