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  • State Official: Charity After Shootings Chaotic

    HARTFORD (AP) — Millions of dollars in unsolicited contributions suddenly poured in to Connecticut from around the nation and the world following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a phenomenon that differed from natural disasters, where donors know to send money to established charities, the state’s consumer protection commissioner said on Friday.

  • Berkshire Plaza Gains P&Z Approval

    Following a February 20 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed revised plans for the construction of a commercial building that would hold retail businesses and medical offices at 146 South Main Street (Route 25).

  • East Windsor Teen’s Death Prompts Local Warning About Laced Heroin

    The overdose death of a 14-year-old East Windsor High School student that police strongly suspect was caused by fentanyl-laced heroin has prompted Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) leaders to reiterate a warning that has been issued by law enforcement and public health officials since the potentially deadly mixture started claiming an increasing number of lives last year.

  • Course Educates Garner Inmates On Personal Development

    A group of 12 men, most of whom wore the plain khaki-colored uniforms of prison life, sat in molded-plastic chairs arrayed in a ring around an instructor, listening intently as the teacher discussed the topics of moral philosophy, such as values, the meaning of life, and conflict resolution.

    The February 24 session at Garner Correctional Institution provided an overview of what the men had studied during a three-month course. It also included the issuance of certificates of completion for their having taken the course.

  • Law Enforcement Officials To Meet With Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, February 28, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, where they will receive presentations from state and local law enforcement officials regarding incident management. 

    The meeting begins at 9:30 am in hearing room 1A.

    Law enforcement scheduled to testify include:

    Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro

  • Police Reports | February 16-23, 2014

    Honda vs Toyota

    At about 2:48 pm on February 16, motorist Rachel Bolinsky, 23, of 3 Wiley Lane, who was driving a 2004 Toyota Prius northward on Boggs Hill Road, stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Boggs Hill Road and Sugar Street, police said.

    Northbound motorist Victor Vasquez, 17, of 3 Todds Road, who was driving a 2007 Honda Accord, then struck the rear end of the Toyota, police said.

  • Fire Reports | February 20-26, 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, February 20: 11:45 pm, mutual aid call to Easton, Botsford responded. 

  • School Board Presents Zero-Increase Budget Details To Finance Officials

    Saying she was presenting a spending plan that the Board of Education believes “helps us meet our budget goals,” which in part, plan “for the future needs of the Newtown public school system,” board Chair Debbie Leidlein reviewed a number of points in the proposal that will face further Board of Finance deliberation in the coming days.

  • Voters Approve Hawleyville Sewer System Expansion

    Following lengthy discussion at a special town meeting, voters by an 81-to-11 margin have approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system to spur local economic development.

    Approximately 100 people attended the February 26 standing-room-only meeting held at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • Hockey Coaches Receive FHA Encouragement Following Ice Arena Proposal

    Ice hockey, figure skating, theaters on ice, skating programs, and skate clubs are on the list of possibilities Newtown Nighthawks high school hockey coaches are working to make a reality.

    Head hockey coach Paul Esposito and goaltender coach Kris Kenny introduced the idea of a Newtown Ice Arena, a project that will cost an estimated $10 million or more, to Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday night.