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  • VFW Spring Events Planned

    May is upon us and the Newtown VFW, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries have quite a few activities and events planned. At the most recent Post meeting, James Rebman, who was reelected to a third year as Newtown Post 308 commander, said, “Spring is when everything is renewed along with our commitment to fellow veterans and our country.”

    Prior to each Memorial Day, new flags are put on the graves of veterans at all Newtown cemeteries. This is a time-honored tradition in which members, their families, and others participate.

  • DTC’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner To Honor Anna Wiedemann

    Longtime Newtown resident Anna Wiedemann believes the measure of a person cannot be defined by their political persuasion. So it is fitting that the Democratic Town Committee’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner honoring her for service to the community and its citizens will be open to everyone — regardless of party affiliation.

    Case in point: Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra said she is eager to attend; she sent in her reservation the minute she heard about the event.

  • Newtown Public Information Bill Remains In Limbo

    HARTFORD (AP) — Key lawmakers say they doubt a compromise will be reached on whether to place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides to protect the privacy rights of Connecticut victims.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.