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  • Former NFL Player Arrested On Drug Charges

    In connection with the execution of a search-and-seizure warrant at his 10 White Oak Farm Road home on the morning of Friday, May 30, federal drug agents charged former National Football League player Gennaro Label DiNapoli, 39, with two counts of illegal sale of narcotics.

    US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents made the arrest with the assistance of Newtown police.

  • CycleFest Ride Is Sunday

    This Sunday, June 8, is the 22nd Anniversary of the CycleFest Bicycle Charity Ride, one of the oldest, safest, and most scenic self-paced charity rides in Western Connecticut. CycleFest, sponsored by Hat City Cyclists, offers 105, 80, 54, 23, and 14 miles route options, and is one of the few charity rides that does not require additional fundraising. All routes either at their beginning or end pass through Newtown. See the routes at HatcityCyclists.org, and select Cyclefest info, which offers links to the different routes.

  • Poverty Hollow Road To Close For Bridge Replacement

    Starting on Monday, June 9, the town will close the southern section of Poverty Hollow Road to through-traffic for a construction project that will replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge that crosses above the Aspetuck River, just south of the parking lot entrance for Centennial Watershed State Forest.

    That parking lot provides access to the 15,300-acre state forest which lies in Newtown, Redding, Easton, and Weston. The parking lot is expected to remain open to forest users during the bridge construction project.

  • Relay 2014 Celebrates Life, Remembers Those Lost To Cancer

    Those lost to cancer were remembered: “To my lovely sister who I miss so much, I love you,” said one handwritten message on the Wall of Remembrance displayed during this year’s 2014 Relay for Life on May 31, its tenth in Newtown.  The message continues, “You are missed every day.”

    Pictures of brothers, sisters, and other family members are written on the wall, with many messages to grandma or grandma drawn by a child’s unpracticed hand.

  • School Board Honors Retiring Teachers, Top Students

    The Board of Education honored both Newtown’s retiring educators and students within the top five percent of the graduating Class of 2014, including valedictorian Anne Beier and salutatorian Amisha Dave, at its meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced each retiring teacher or administrator before they were greeted by Board of Education members and handed a gift by school board Chair Debbie Leidlein.

  • VFW Planning Flag Day Event; Residents Invited To Drop Off Flags For Retirement

    VFW Men’s Auxiliary President Robert Arnold, left, participates in a formal flag retirement ceremony at Newtown VFW Post 308. The post is inviting the public to drop off old, worn out flags for a proper retirement. A public ceremony will be held at the post on Flag Day.

  • Newtown Police To Participate Tomorrow In Annual SOCT Torch Run

    Officers from Newtown Police Department will be running the Newtown portion of the annual Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, June 6.

    The run raises awareness for SOCT, which will be hosting its Summer Games in New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University this weekend.

  • Virginia Man Arrested For Theft Of Sandy Hook Memorial Signs

    McLEAN, VA. (AP) – A Virginia man who believes the Sandy Hook school shootings were a hoax has been charged in the theft of two memorial signs in New Jersey and Connecticut dedicated to victims of those shootings, police said May 30.

    Andrew Truelove, 28, who was renting a room in Herndon, VA has been charged in Fairfax County with possession of stolen property, Herndon police said.

  • Successful Newtown Relay Offered Hope, Healing, Fun, And A Few Tears

    More than a few people at Newtown’s milestone 10th Relay for Life brushed away tears while viewing photos of loved ones lost on the event’s wall of remembrance, during the poignant opening ceremonies, and during the luminary procession.

    But the combination of fair weather, camaraderie, and nonstop, upbeat activities helped put smiles on most faces throughout the 12-hour American Cancer Society fund and awareness raiser that was on hold for more than a year.

  • Police Continue Probe Into Ongoing Copper Thefts

    Town police last week reported yet another theft of copper pipe from a residential property, marking about 15 such copper thefts locally since the beginning of the year.

    Police said that they learned at about 5:40 pm on May 17 that someone at some time had burglarized a vacant house for sale on Jeremiah Road in Sandy Hook. The burglar then stole many sections of copper piping from baseboard heating equipment inside the house.

    Police had no estimate of the value of the stolen copper.