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  • Sandy Hook Parents To Chris Christie: Our Kids’ Lives Are Not Trivial

    Newtown-based Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed shortly after the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to support those affected and support solutions to acts of violence, issued a statement July 2, following the group’s failed attempt to have families directly affected by 12/14 meet with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

  • Public Building Panel OKs Early Phase SHS Project Plans

    Following an hourlong briefing by members of the Sandy Hook School Design Team on July 8, members of the Public Building and Site Commission unanimously approved accepting construction plans and cost estimates, and voted to forward those documents to the state for final approval.

    The PBSC is serving as the School Building Committee on behalf of the town.

  • Fire Reports | July 2-10, 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:

  • 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 openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission has a vacant positions available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.

  • Wetlands Agency Reviews Sandy Hook School Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) this week conducted a public hearing on the wetlands protection aspects of the town’s proposal to construct a new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive to replace the school that the town demolished last year, following the December 2012 massacre there.

    The July 9 hearing was sparsely attended, drawing four members of the public. None of those four people had any comments or questions on the construction proposal.

  • WANTED: Havens From Hot And Hazy

    Editor's Note: Water quality tests following heavy rains earlier this week prompted officials to temporarily close Eichler’s Cove Beach. The Newtown Parks & Recreation Department Thursday morning announced that the beach was closed until further notice.

    According to the Newtown Health Department, water testing takes place regularly, and the beach could potentially reopen for the weekend, based on results.

    UPDATE: Eichler's Cove reopened for public use on Saturday, July 12.

  • State Police Confers Awards On Dozens Who Responded To 12/14

    EAST HARTFORD (AP) — Matthew Bell thought he would never again experience an event as momentous as the September 11 terrorist attacks, when he helped people evacuate lower Manhattan as a member of the Coast Guard.

    Then came the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    The Connecticut state trooper remembered the chaos and heartbreak of the Newtown massacre as he and dozens of other people received state police awards Tuesday for their outstanding and meritorious service in response to the December 14, 2012, shooting.

  • Emergency Communications, Paramedic Contracts Approved

    In two separate actions July 7 the Board of Selectmen approved a three-year contract for 24-hour paramedic services, and a two-year contract for the town’s emergency communications staffers. The action on the communications contract occurred following a brief executive or closed session, during which proprietary aspects of the labor negotiations were discussed.

  • Police Department Adds New Officer To Its Ranks

    Michael Caramadre is the a latest man to join the Newtown Police Department.

    Officer Caramadre, who is now studying law enforcement at the state’s municipal police academy in Meriden, was hired on June 26 after the Police Commission decided on June 3 to offer him a job.

    Officer Caramadre was sworn into office as a policeman in ceremonies on July 2. The post of probationary police officer has a starting salary of $50,786.

  • Taunton Lake Weed Infestation Under Study

    Last fall, 250 grass carp were placed in the waters of Taunton Lake, a scenic 124-acre spring-fed, glacial lake in the Taunton District whose waters drain into Pond Brook and eventually to the Housatonic River.

    The grass carp, which are not native to the lake, were released into it as part of a project designed to curb the growth of the weed known as aquatic milfoil. Grass carp eat milfoil.