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  • Employee Medical Benefit Experts Requesting $400,000 Infusion For 2014-15

    If it is recommended by the Board of Finance and approved by the Legislative Council as part of an overall budget request, a $400,000 allocation to Newtown’s self-insured employee medical benefit fund would represent a substantial increase beyond the four percent bump already factored into the spending plan currently being deliberated.

  • Police Reports | March 1-12, 2014

    Truck Hits Truck

    State police said that a state Department of Transportation (DOT) truck driver parked a 2008 International Maxforce truck owned by DOT on eastbound Interstate 84 near Exit 10 as part of a protective pattern that was formed to shield from moving traffic the DOT workers who were making some lightpost repairs in that area about 7:20 am on March 8.

  • Fire Reports | March 6-13, 2014

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

    Thursday, March 6: 8:48 am, alarm, 5 Daniels Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Hawleyville responded; 7:38 pm, chimney fire, 7 Mt Pleasant Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Team 26 Arrives In D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Riding 400 miles from Newtown, 26 bicyclists hoping to change the nation’s gun laws faced some strong headwinds on their way to Washington, D.C. When they reached the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, they faced even more — of the political kind.

    It’s been nearly a year since a bill that would increase FBI background checks on gun buyers failed to clear a 60-vote threshold in the Senate. The House has not taken up any gun control legislation and doesn’t seem inclined to do so.

  • On The Slopes With Adaptive Skiers

    More than 20 disabled skiers participated in Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers’ Snow Ski Clinic at Mount Southington in Plantsville on February 25 for a full day of snow ski and snowboarding instruction.

  • Common Core Debate Heading To State Capitol Complex Wednesday

    HARTFORD — Legislators will get to hear feedback on the rollout of the Common Core Curriculum Wednesday during a public hearing at the State Capitol complex.

    The noon event is the result of a move by Republican minority legislators to force the reluctant leaders of the Education Committee to hold a hearing on the bill that would put implementation of the state’s new academic standards on hold.

  • SHOP Taps Newtowner Melissa Lopata As Marketing Coordinator

    Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) has selected Melissa Lopata of Newtown as the marketing coordinator for Sandy Hook Village. Ms Lopata will be introduced at the Sandy Hook Village Action Planning Workshop on Wednesday, March 12.

  • State Senate Leader Opposes Privacy Bill As Affront To FOI

    Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. testifying against a bill that he says would erode the Freedom of Information Act.

    In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

  • School Board Crafts Budget Statement

    The Board of Education approved a budget statement that was passed on to both the Board of Finance and the public during a special meeting Monday, March 10.

    On March 4 meeting, the school board voted to have its Communication Subcommittee write a budget statement in anticipation of the Board of Finance’s March 12 meeting.

    “It has been requested that we put together a statement regarding our decision on the budget ,” said school board Chair Debbie Leidlein on March 4.

  • Applications Due For Elderly & Disabled Homeowners Program

    The Assessor’s Office will be accepting applications for the Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Programs through May 15. Applications are accepted at the Assessor’s Office, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm.

    To be eligible for the program, applicants must own a house and be a resident of that dwelling as of October 1, 2013 to which the tax credit will be applied, be 65 years of age or over as of December 31, 2013, or be totally disabled.