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  • Newtown Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Wednesday

    Due to the weather, all Newtown Public Schools will be running on a two hour delay on Wednesday, December 18.

  • Documentation Project Preserves A Sampling Of ‘Love Pouring In’

    At 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, in a super-efficient industrial furnace, it takes about three hours for four tractor trailer loads of materials to be reduced to one three-foot -square box of ashes — or “sacred soil,” as the cremated remains of the hundreds of thousands of items sent to the Town of Newtown after 12/14 are known.

  • Heath Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing His Wife

    A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old.

    A jury convicted Heath in October of beating his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

    The prosecution in the case had asked for a sentence of 53 to 60 years. The defense argued for a 25-year sentence.

  • Foundation Seeks Feedback On Needs, Barriers To Receiving Assistance

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is seeking residents’ input through an anonymous online survey about how to go about distributing the remaining approximately $4.3 million, which has been set aside to support unmet needs in the community in both the short and long term.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Tuesday; Additional Cancellations & Postponements

    Contact Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at 203-426-3141 or shannon@thebee.com with cancellation and postponement details.

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, December 17, due to the weather.

    Parks & Rec tennis has been cancelled for today, also due to the weather.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    The Hattertown Historic District, with an alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • $1.5M Federal Grant to Reimburse Agencies for 12/14-Related Costs

    US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, December 17, that a $1.5-million federal grant will be provided to reimburse organizations and agencies that provided direct support to the victims, first responders, and the Newtown community in the immediate aftermath of the 12/14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provided the grant to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, which administers funding for services to victims of violent crime.

  • Newtown Shooting Has Galvanized Disparate Anti-Gun Groups

    WASHINGTON — The Newtown tragedy has galvanized gun-control groups and turned victims of gun violence into advocates like no other mass shooting in US history.

    In the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, new coalitions have been formed as have new gun-control organizations, including Mothers Against Gun Violence, a PAC created by former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords — a victim of a mass shooting herself — and Newtown Action Alliance.

  • Weather Cancellations

    St John's Sandy Hook has postponed its 5 pm memorial service scheduled for Saturday until tomorrow, Sunday evening at 5 pm. There will be no 9:30 am service at the church Sunday morning. 

    The Al Hedaya Islamic Center has postponed this afternoon's planned events. New date TBA.

    C.H. Booth Library has closed for the day, and will be closed tomorrow.

    The annual Living Nativity at St Rose has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Sunday, to follow the 5 pm Mass, according to church's website.

     EverWonder Children's Museum is closed today.

  • Garner Prison Gets A New Warden

    A new warden has taken charge at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison for men at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    Henry Falcone, who served as a deputy warden for operations at Garner under former warden Scott Semple, has been named the prison’s new warden.

    Mr Semple was Garner’s warden from mid-2009 until November 26. Mr Semple has been promoted to the post of deputy commissioner for operations for the state Department of Correction (DOC).