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  • Newtown Public Schools To Dismiss Early Thursday, No Afternoon Preschool

    Due to the weather, the Newtown Public Schools will have an early dismissal, Thursday, January 2, and there will be no afternoon preschool.

  • Weapons Laws, Rail Fare Hikes Among New State Laws

    HARTFORD — A requirement for state public safety officials to create a registry of people convicted of offenses involving a deadly weapon is one of a host of new laws that took effect in Connecticut as of January 1.

    The registry, which will also track those found not guilty of deadly weapon offenses by reason of mental disease or defect, was part of the package of laws that passed earlier in 2013 in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Town Officials: Be Prepared For The Upcoming Storm

    This story has been updated to include information from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office.

     

  • Fire Extensively Damages Thunder Ridge Road House

    Firefighters from eight volunteer fire companies responded about 1:07 pm on Thursday to a report of house fire in Sandy Hook which extensively damaged the wood-frame structure amid frigid conditions.

    There were no injuries in the blaze, which initially was reported as a fire in a bathroom and was soon upgraded to a working structure fire at 6 Thunder Ridge Road. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

  • Town Announces Warming Centers In Anticipation Of Snowstorm

    A snow storm that has yet to fully reach Newtown as of late Thursday afternoon has town officials planning on locations for residents who may need to seek shelter should their homes lose electricity, and therefore heat.

    The snow storm will keep Newtown under a Winter Weather Warning until at least 1 pm Friday. Forecasters are also predicting temperatures at or below zero, and wind chills bringing additional concerns. Connecticut has not seen these types of temperatures for more than 15 years.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Friday

    Due to the anticipated weather, the Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 3.

  • Officials Flag Student Enrollment Decline As Significant Taxpayer Concern

    A growing number of officials believe that helping residents better understand the relationship between declining student enrollment and the amount school leaders will ask taxpayers to underwrite next year could help pass the annual budget referendum sooner.

    Providing additional evidence to taxpayers that town and district leaders are working collaboratively, and with mutual support for each other’s spending proposals, could also go far toward propelling a first-round budget vote to passage, some officials believe.

  • New Year's Holiday Closings

    All town offices and agencies will be closed from noon on Tuesday, December 31, and remain closed until Thursday, January 2, for New Year’s.

    The transfer station at the former landfill on Ethan Allen Road will be closing at 11 am on Tuesday, December 31. It will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

    C.H. Booth Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

  • 2014 Will See Newtown Ramping Up Numerous Capital Projects

    Momentum is building, literally, as more than a half-dozen capital projects move toward completion, or begin shifting from the drawing board to their respective construction phases in 2014.

  • Despite Files, Sandy Hook School Shooter Remains Enigma

    Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

    He could write stories that struck horror into a teacher’s heart, then turn around and craft a poem so beautiful it moved listeners to tears.

    As a kid growing up in Connecticut, he rode bikes, played baseball and saxophone, and kept hamsters. As a man, he taped black garbage bags over his bedroom windows, retreating into a world of violent video games, guns and statistics on mass murder.