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  • Advisory Commission Working On Final Report

    HARTFORD — An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed on January 16 to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than ten rounds without reloading.

  • Ratings Agencies Interview Local Officials, And Like What They Hear

    Most people at one time or another have had to sit through interviews with bank officials as part of the application process for mortgages, business loans, or personal lines of credit. But what happens when tens of millions of dollars are in play and global bond rating agencies are asking the questions?

  • Severe Weather Protocol Reactivated

    With below zero wind chills expected tonight, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Malloy is reactivating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol through tomorrow morning.

    The protocol activates a network of procedures to ensure that the most vulnerable receive shelter from cold temperatures. Under the protocol, relevant state agencies will deploy teams that specialize in working with homeless people to locate those at risk and encourage them to take shelter.

  • Resolve To Be Part Of The Solution: Winter Coat Drive For Dorothy Day House

    As you kick off the new year, remember that the next eight weeks will likely bring bitter cold to the Northeast. And there are many who need help braving the elements.

    Readers are being asked to help keep someone warm this winter by donating gently used coats, hats, and gloves to The Dorothy Day House in Danbury. The soup kitchen and overnight shelter is especially in need of men’s coats, hats with flaps over the ears or that are long enough to cover the ears, and thick gloves.

  • EDC Workshop Reviews Town’s Potential For Economic Growth

    A wide representation of Newtown staff, along with elected and appointed officials, gathered with Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) representatives January 13 for a presentation illustrating how local agencies could better attract, enhance, and retain local commercial enterprises.

  • Police Reports, January 2-12, 2015

    Sugar Street Crash

    Police report that motorist Angela Evertez, 40, of 47 Poverty Hollow Road was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV westward on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Head O’ Meadow Road, about 2:11 pm on January 3, as motorist Maura Curry, 57, of Redding was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV eastward there.

  • Fire Reports, January 8-14, 2015

    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, January 8: 8:59 am, hazardous condition, near 84 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded; 7:41 pm, chimney fire, 23 Russett Road, Sandy Hook responded; 9:48 pm, burning odor indoors, 12 Old Castle Drive, Hook & Ladder responded. 

  • Flagpole Intersection Roundabout Suggested To Aid Traffic Flow

    A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official is offering some ideas on how the Main Street flagpole intersection’s traffic problems can be alleviated through a redesign of the five-legged intersection.

    William Britnell, principal engineer in DOT’s highway design unit, said that creating a “roundabout” at the flagpole intersection would improve traffic flow there, alleviating the vehicle-turning conflicts that occur at the intersection, which becomes congested at times.

  • Finance Board Takes First Step To Quantify School Closing Savings

    A number of years ago, before he left and was subsequently reelected to the Board of Finance, Michael Portnoy was analyzing Newtown school district enrollment reports.

    And on more than several occasions, he predicted with confidence, that student numbers would begin declining measurably in the near future.

  • Estates Of Two 12/14 Victims: Insufficient Security In Place

    NOTE: This is an expanded version of a story filed by Reporter Andrew Gorosko on Monday, January 12, 2015

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