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  • Confusion Over Federal ‘Recovery’ Grant Application Clarified

    Newtown officials hope to receive about $4.3 million from a US Department of Justice grant that is being administered through the Connecticut Judicial Department’s Office of Victim Services (OVS).
     
    The total amount of that grant application stood at about $8 million as The Newtown Bee went to press February 20, according to an OVS spokesperson.
     
    The grant, which officials initially hoped would be ready to submit this week, will be delayed by about a week as the remaining agencies and organizations applying for part of
  • Public Urged To Comment At PURA Hearings On Experiences With Electric Suppliers

    NEW BRITAIN — Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz is suggesting that members of the public with comments or concerns about their experiences with electric suppliers consider attending one of the remaining regional hearings being held on the topic.

    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold Public Comment Hearings at the following locations this month, which all Connecticut residents are invited to attend:

  • Design For Sandy Hook School Continues To Unfold

    A week after presenting the first designs for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School to members of the Public Building and Site Commission and the Board of Education, representatives of Svigals + Partners were back with more concepts on Wednesday, February 19.

  • BBB Warning: Online Scam Targeting Military, Families, Vets

    WALLINGFORD — BBB Military Line is sharing information from the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CIC) warning about a new website scam in which criminals are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

  • Departing Principal Reflects On Six Years At NHS

    When Charles Dumais first arrived in the Newtown school district in January 2008, he was the fifth principal to take the helm at Newtown High School in four years.

    “There were kids that were graduating that year for whom I was the fifth principal,” said Mr Dumais, while reflecting on his last six years spent at NHS.

    Mr Dumais was chosen to be the new superintendent in Amity Regional School District #5 and is set to assume his new responsibilities on March 1.

  • Reminder: CHB Info Desk Available

    Residents are reminded that while C.H. Booth Library is undergoing its restoration following water damage last month, an information desk is being offered twice each week at Edmond Town Hall.

    Library staff is available, Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am until noon, to help locate books are area libraries. Tax forms and other help is also available.

    The staff is situated in the building’s old courtroom, which is easily found by using the entrance on the southern side of the building at 45 Main Street.

  • February 26 Town Meeting Slated On Hawleyville Sewer Line

    Residents are called to a special town meeting scheduled for 7 pm, February 26 in the Newtown Municipal Center’s main council chambers to approve or deny a special appropriation of $2.8 million for the construction phase of a Hawleyville sewer line extension, and to authorize the town issuing bonds to cover those costs.

    In recent weeks, the Boards of Selectmen and Finance and the Legislative Council all endorsed the project, which is expected to serve as a catalyst for significant economic development in the Hawleyville area.

  • Garner Inmate Charged With Prison Assault

    State police report they responded to Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road, about 11:10 am on February 11, after receiving a complaint that an inmate had had assaulted a correction officer there.

    State police said that after investigating, they charged inmate Jose Matos, 36, with assault on a public safety officer for allegedly having assaulted a 36-year-old male correction officer. Matos was scheduled for arraignment on the charge in Danbury Superior Court.

  • Council Prepares For New Charter Review Process, Seeks Residents To Serve

    The Legislative Council is in the preliminary stages of initiating a new charter review process.

    Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reported to her colleagues February 19 that she is issuing a letter to all town boards, commissions, and departments soliciting input regarding issues in Newtown’s constitutional document that may need to be revised, amended, or struck, as well as any issues that need to be considered for addition.

  • Hovey Says She Won’t Run Again

    State Representative DebraLee Hovey (R-112) has announced that she is retiring from public service and will not run for reelection in 2014.

    Rep Hovey, who currently serves one of Newtown’s southerly voting districts and all of Monroe, and who has risen to the position of Assistant Republican Leader in the House Republican caucus, made her decision after 12 years in the legislature.

    She will complete her term six-term run on December 31, 2014.