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  • Intersection Realignment: Church Hill Road Project In Early Design Stage

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the preliminary design stage of a traffic safety project that will create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road, a DOT official said this week.

  • Gunman’s Father Met With Advisory Commission Chair

    STAMFORD (AP) — The father of the gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings has agreed to help a Connecticut commission obtain his son’s school and medical records, which members hope can shed more light on the tragedy.

    Peter Lanza met for an hour Thursday, January 23, with Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which is investigating the events of 12/14. Mr Lanza is the father of the shooter, who killed 20 children and six women before taking his own life as police arrived on the scene.

  • Don't Forget To Protect Your Pets From The Cold

    While some animals may bask in a bitter winter day, others would tell their owners how cold they are, if they could.

    Canine Advocates of Newtown President Virginia Jess agrees that some dogs may love the cold, “but not all,” she said. She has noticed her own dog’s discomfort. Of her 40-pound sheltie-collie mix, she said, “I know that when we walk our dog in the snow, she would pick up her feet and I would wipe them off, the salt gets in there.” She also warns, “Animals can get frostbite, too.”

  • Superintendent's Proposed Budget Outlines 0.75 Percent Increase

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed shared an overview of his proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the school board’s Thursday, January 23 meeting.

    After reviewing both increases and decreases, which include certified and noncertified positions, proposed in the budget, Dr Reed said the total change from the current 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget, is an increase of $534,730, reflecting a 0.75 percent change.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Receive Expert Testimony On Behavioral Health, Crisis Counseling Services Today

    HARTFORD –  The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is scheduled to meet today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, where they will receive presentations from several experts regarding issues related to behavioral health and crisis counseling services.
     
    The meeting begins at 10 am in Hearing Room 1A, and is expected to last until early to mid afternoon. 
     
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    Parks & Rec Reviews A $2.2 Million Budget

    A $2.2 million budget request for the Parks and Recreation Department represents a 1.1 percent increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Marks, who has spoken with First Selectman Pat Llodra as town budget discussions begin, said this week he believes “she is pleased with what we have submitted so far,” but is prepared to reduce the 1.1 percent as the funding request goes before town boards prior to a referendum.

  • Fire Reports | January 16-22, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, January 16: 1:42 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, January 17: 2:41 pm, alarm, 1 Beagle Trial, Botsford and Sandy Hook responded; 10:38 pm, alarm, 14 St George Place, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Local Official Looking To Assist Long-Term Unemployed Veterans Under 30

    On January 1, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead became Newtown’s first veterans contact specialist. The state-mandated position is charged with being a single point of contact and referral for any or all veterans issues at the local level.

    Ms Aurelia Halstead was the appointee to that position serving veterans living in Newtown. She was recently informed of a new and successful job program specifically for younger veterans who have been most challenged in finding permanent full-time employment.

  • Website Featuring Sandy Hook School Building Updates Launched

    A new website, SandyHook2016.com, has been launched to provide the public with updates on building the new Sandy Hook School, according to a brief release from First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Municipal, Senior Centers Available For Warming Chilly Residents

    First Selectman Pat Llodra, in coordination with Newtown’s Health District and local emergency management officials, announced that residents who may require a place to warm up over the course of the coming days can do so at two locations in town.