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  • Innovation Collaboration Moves Firearm Safety Technology Forward

    CORRECTION (Tuesday, May 6, 2014): This story has been updated to reflect the correct name of Smart Tech Challenges Foundation.

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  • Fire Reports | April 24-May 1, 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:

  • Police Reports | April 10-25, 2014

    iPhone Found

    Police report that in early April, a black Apple-brand iPhone cellphone enclosed in a black Ballistic-brand protective case was found in Newtown.

    Police said that after presenting proper identification and the serial number for the iPhone, the owner may retrieve it at the police department at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

     

  • Natural Disaster Planning Project Underway

    While natural disasters may be unavoidable, the severity of their effects in terms of loss of life, personal injury, and property damage, can be lessened through coordinated planning and preventive measures.

    With that goal in mind, regional and town planners have started formulating the Newtown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a detailed document which the town would use for disaster preparedness in acting to reduce the potential damage caused by natural disasters.

  • Former Resident Sentenced In Federal Firearms Case

    HARTFORD — A judge sentenced a Naples, Fla., man on April 23 to three years of probation and 450 hours of community service for illegally possessing stolen firearms silencers.

    US District Judge Alvin Thompson gave Richard Sleeva, 51, that sentence, according to a statement from US Attorney Deirdre Daly. The firearms case has a link to a Newtown residence.

    Sleeva formerly possessed the firearms at residences in Newtown and in Pennsylvania, according to the US attorney.

  • Town Clerk, Staff Striving For Professional Development, Certifications

    All Connecticut town clerks are elected. But as far as any other requirement to learn or acquire skills to do a better job on behalf of their communities, there are no further requirements.

    That hasn’t stopped Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Halstead and members of her staff from striving to pursue higher levels of training and certification. As Newtown’s top administrative official, Ms Halstead recently became Connecticut’s 13th Master Certified Town Clerk.

  • Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, To Benefit Local Food Bank, Returning May 10

    On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide will participate in the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Newtown Social Services, which will benefit from the collection, is counting on residents to make this year’s collection a success.


  • Using Inner Strength To Overcome Adversity: Holocaust Survivor To Speak At Adath Israel

    Marion Blumenthal Lazan, whose mission is to speak to as many students as possible in order that they hear stories of the Holocaust from a survivor, will be at Congregation Adath Israel on May 18. Mrs Lazan spent six years with her family in a Nazi concentration camp. Today she asks people to be tolerant of others, and encourages positive thinking.

  • Trudeau To Have Prison Sentence Reviewed

    NEW YORK CITY — A federal appeals court has ruled that William A. Trudeau, 50, who is a former owner of Newtown Oil Company and a former Norwalk land developer, will have his current prison sentence reviewed. Trudeau is serving a 15 2/3- year sentence for operating a mortgage fraud scheme in Fairfield County.

    Trudeau was sentenced in February 2013 in US District Court in New Haven following a jury trial. Trudeau is serving time at Devens FMC in Ayer, Mass. His current prison release date is in April 2025.

  • Regionalized Radio Dispatching Under Review By Fire Officials

    Fire officials from the town’s five volunteer fire companies are reviewing a controversial proposal to move the town’s radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, in Prospect.