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  • Team 26 Departure To DC Is March 8; Kick-Off Rally Moved To Edmond Town Hall

    Gun violence touches all ethnicities and socioeconomic group. The push for more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities that would appear to have little in common. On Saturday, March 8, at 8 am, a group of cyclists known as Team 26 will embark on a 400-mile journey — the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington (SHROW) — departing from Edmond Town Hall to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.

  • Independently Owned Newtown RadioShack Staying Open

    If you’re looking for fuses, speaker wire, a prepaid cellphone, walkie-talkies, a flat screen TV, a remote controlled helicopter, or any of the other thousands of products available at Newtown’s RadioShack store in Sand Hill Plaza, have no fear.

    Responding to a call from The Newtown Bee, the operators of Newtown’s local electronics retailer said on March 4 they will remain open even as its corporate owners are announcing the closure of about 1,100 other company-owned stores across the country.

  • Llodra Wants To See Armed School Guards In Municipal Budget

    First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during a budget meeting February 27 that she is planning to budget a contingent of nine armed, retired police officers who will serve as armed school security officers (SSOs) in local schools beginning this September.

    Mrs Llodra told finance officials that she expects virtually all expenses for armed and unarmed school guards, as well as a number of other measures from surveillance equipment to building hardening initiatives, to be offset by grants in the coming year.

  • Sandy Ground Playground Build Updated, 5K Fundraiser Planned

    UPDATE (March 6, 2014): A planning meeting on March 5 determined that volunteers will be needed from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday only. A previous version of this story indicated volunteers would also be needed on Thursday, March 13.

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  • New Area Code Coming To Connecticut This Year

    The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced on Monday that a new area code will be introduced later this year in Connecticut, in the calling region currently served by the 860 area code.

    Because of continuing local demand for telephone numbers, remaining unassigned telephone numbers in the 860 area code are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2014. PURA approved a new area code, 959, to be assigned as an overlay to the 860 region to meet the demand.

  • Ambulance Garage Construction Continues

    Beneath snowy skies that finally gave way to sunshine Wednesday, crews with Nosal Builders Inc worked a crane, lifting roof trusses onto the new ambulance garage.

  • State Official: Charity After Shootings Chaotic

    HARTFORD (AP) — Millions of dollars in unsolicited contributions suddenly poured in to Connecticut from around the nation and the world following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a phenomenon that differed from natural disasters, where donors know to send money to established charities, the state’s consumer protection commissioner said on Friday.

  • Berkshire Plaza Gains P&Z Approval

    Following a February 20 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed revised plans for the construction of a commercial building that would hold retail businesses and medical offices at 146 South Main Street (Route 25).

  • East Windsor Teen’s Death Prompts Local Warning About Laced Heroin

    The overdose death of a 14-year-old East Windsor High School student that police strongly suspect was caused by fentanyl-laced heroin has prompted Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) leaders to reiterate a warning that has been issued by law enforcement and public health officials since the potentially deadly mixture started claiming an increasing number of lives last year.

  • Course Educates Garner Inmates On Personal Development

    A group of 12 men, most of whom wore the plain khaki-colored uniforms of prison life, sat in molded-plastic chairs arrayed in a ring around an instructor, listening intently as the teacher discussed the topics of moral philosophy, such as values, the meaning of life, and conflict resolution.

    The February 24 session at Garner Correctional Institution provided an overview of what the men had studied during a three-month course. It also included the issuance of certificates of completion for their having taken the course.