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  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • Increased Participation Seen At Hazardous Waste Collection

    The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) conducted a spring regional household hazardous waste collection project on Saturday, May 17, at the town public works garage at Turkey Hill Road.

    HRRA Director Cheryl Reedy said last week that regional residents drove 720 vehicles to the collection project to dispose of their waste.

    That participation represents a 46 percent increase from the 493 vehicles that were driven to the event last year, she said

  • Lower Flags Today For Memorial Day

    In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered today. Per a proclamation from President Barack Obama, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon today.

    Following tradition, President Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy have both issued proclamations to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Concerns Aired: Teachers Offer ‘State Of The Union’

    As Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski said at the Tuesday, May 20, Board of Education meeting, members of the teachers’ union were there to deliver what Mr Kuroski called a “State of the Union.”

    Mr Kuroski said he has taught for his entire career, 29 years, in Newtown.

    “We have assembled a cross-section of teachers from each school who have volunteered to provide you with a perspective of what has been happening in our district over the past few years,” Mr Kuroski said.

  • Woman’s Club Honors Veterans With Flags At Soldiers And Sailors Monument

    Flags were placed around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Main Street on Friday, May 23, by members of Newtown Woman’s Club to honor past and present veterans. 

  • Trauma Psychologist To Be Keynote Speaker At ‘A Day Of Shared Experiences’

    Dr Kevin Becker has more than 25 years of experience working with traumatized individuals and communities. The Massachusetts-based psychologist will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday, May 31, Community Connections “A Day of Shared Experiences,” taking place at Walnut Hill Community Church on Saturday, May 31.

  • Searching For Legal And Cultural Responses To Violence

    January 2013: a 16-year-old shoots and wounds two people with a 12-guage shotgun at Taft Union High School. A year later, a 14-year-old Californian with a history of threatening behavior shoots and kills his 17-year-old sister, allegedly over a laundry mishap.

  • Fire Reports | May 15-22, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, May 15: 9:19 am, public service, intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street, Hook & Ladder responded; 11:07 am, alarm, 28 Tunnel Road, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded; 1:17 pm, appliance fire, 41 West Street, Hook & Ladder and Dodgingtown responded.

  • GOP's Bolinsky Seeking Second Term, Matt Cole Will Be Democratic Challenger

    The Newtown Republican and Democratic Town Committees both met May 22 and each unanimously endorsed their candidates for Newtown's 106 District.

    At a Republican caucus at Edmond Town Hall, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky received the party's unequivocal endorsement for a second term. The 106th District includes most of Newtown and Sandy Hook. At the same time, local Democrats met and voiced unified support for Matt Cole, a 26-year-old who served as a key intern for former 106 Rep Chris Lyddy.

  • Moratorium/Marijuana Rules Proposal Slated For P&Z Public Hearing

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are slated to continue a public hearing on June 5 on a proposal to create new zoning regulations that would allow the agency to place a “moratorium” on certain land use applications.

    Also, P&Z members are proposing applying such a one-year moratorium on the local growing and/or dispensing of “medical marijuana.”