• Breakfast Fundraiser Benefits National Vigil, Inspires Supporters

    Dr Daniel Webster, keynote speaker at The Newtown Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser to benefit the National Vigil in Washington, DC, told the audience that research proves that comprehensive background checks for gun purchases does reduce gun violence and suicides by gun. Dr Webster is director of the Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Center.

  • An Aurora Father’s Story: The Bonds Of Tragedy Connect Communities Of Survivors

    The father of one of the people killed in July 2012 in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings, Tom Sullivan was invited by The Newtown Foundation to speak to guests at their fundraising event last Saturday morning. The invite was sent because of a friendship that blossomed between the Colorado resident and a number of Newtown residents after they met in Washington, D.C., where they had gone to speak with members of Congress.

  • New Sergeant Takes Oath At Police Department

    Tuesday, September 8, marked a milestone in the law enforcement career of Scott Smith at the Newtown Police Department, as he took his oath of office for sergeant from Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead.

    As Sergeant Smith, 32, recited his oath, his wife Sara looked on, while holding their twin daughters Natalie and Nora, who are 1½ years old.

    Many friends and family members, as well as colleagues and town officials, attended the event held in the main classroom at the police station.

  • Police Reports, August 31-September 15, 2015

    911 Hoax

    Police report a September 8 incident involving an Emergency 911 telephone call, which later proved to be a hoax.

    Police said they responded to Hilario’s Service Center at 131 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville about 5:45 pm, after receiving a report via a 911 call that a burglary had occurred.

    Police said their investigation found that the 911 call, which was allegedly made by Alexa Larsen, 47, of 123 Lakeview Terrace, was a hoax.

  • Selectmen Hiring Pension Consultant, Endorse Funds For Band Van

    During a special meeting September 10, the Board of Selectmen met and heard from two representatives of a Windsor company that was later unanimously hired to oversee the town’s pension fund. That evening, selectmen also revisited and approved a motion to help purchase a used van for a parent’s organization supporting the Newtown High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard using undesignated post-12/14 donations.

  • First Selectman Produces Paper Trail Regarding Rejected FHA Appointee

    After hearing concerns about a Democratic Town Committee nomination for the Fairfield Hills Authority that was rejected after a missed deadline, First Selectman Pat Llodra produced extensive documentation on the matter that reveals four Republican candidates seeking the seat were also rejected for that same post for the same reason.

  • Drivers Needed For FISH Of Newtown

    FISH of Newtown drivers met at a post Labor Day potluck picnic and enjoyed the various foods, drinks and the camaraderie of the dedicated volunteers.

    They exchanged stories of their experiences and commented on the ever expanding requirements and increasing need for more volunteer drivers.

  • Legal Wrangling Slows Lawsuit Over Newtown School Shooting

    DANBURY (AP) — Newtown and its schools are putting up a stiff fight against a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, questioning whether the lawsuit was filed on time and objecting to information requests by the parents' attorney.

    The legal wrangling has slowed the case in Danbury Superior Court.

  • Traffic Concerns Change Design Of Hawleyville Project

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members at a September 3 public hearing learned about certain revisions that a developer has made to a major mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville in response to traffic-related concerns raised about the project at an initial P&Z public hearing in late August.

  • Cross Country And Field Hockey Teams Prepping For Tuesday Openers

    As midsummerlike temperatures greeted the cross country team participants for practices in the first week of September, they had cool-weather success on their minds. By the time the late October South-West Conference championships roll around, the 90-degree heat will likely be long gone, and Newtown High School’s runners hope to be leaving many of their competitors in the dust on their way to conference success.