• Parade Winners Announced

    As happens every year, Newtown Labor Day Parade judges had their work cut out for them. Dozens of exciting entries flowed past the grand stand, Monday morning, September 7, making it a challenge to choose the best of the best from among them.

    By the time the last tractor had trundled down Queen Street, though, judges had come up with their list of winners:

  • Group Tries To Add Ice Arena To Community Center Equation

    Newtown hockey coach Paul Esposito was at Monday’s Labor Day Parade, part of a group effort to distribute 2,500 flyers promoting his group’s vision for a community center in Newtown: one that would include an ice rink. While another group in town — the Community Center Commission — is tasked with community center planning, Mr Esposito has presented his ideas to that committee. Among those handing out flyers were Newtown youth and high school hockey and figure skaters and Newtown Ice Arena Committee members.

  • Fire Reports, September 4-10, 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, September 3: 10:36 am, alarm, 6 Short Hill Road, Botsford responded.

  • Police Reports, August 27-September 10, 2015

    Multiple Break-Ins

    Police said that on the afternoon of Saturday, September 5, they received a report that forced entries had been made into five locked motor vehicles that were parked at Dickinson Park at 50 Elm Drive.

    The drivers of those five vehicles were involved in activities at the park at the time of the incident.

  • The Fine Art Of The Newtown Labor Day Parade

    From the back seat of an antique Ford, Grand Marshal Ruth Newquist waved heartily to the crowds on either side of the street. 

  • State Transportation Commission Slates Derby Hearing

    DERBY — The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at Derby Town Hall, Aldermanic Chambers, 1 Elizabeth Street, on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 pm.

    This will be the first of four hearings that the commission holds statewide this fall to gather testimony from the public, transportation providers, public officials, and other entities concerning the operation of public transportation services, dial-a-ride and ADA transportation and other issues.

  • Hot Temperatures Alter School Plans For Tuesday & Wednesday

    The Newtown Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that due to the higher temperatures, after-school activities on Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9, and the school day on Wednesday, September 9, are being changed.

  • Sunny Skies Welcomed Record Crowds, New Units To Labor Day Parade

    Besides welcoming nearly a dozen first-timers to the line of march, Newtown's annual Labor Day Parade had everything the near record crowd of attendees expected.

    Clowns and cows, fire trucks and a funk band joined sports teams, community organizations, Newtown's five fire companies, ambulance corps, and Underwater Search & Rescue team, pipers, jugglers, gymnasts and martial arts experts as the spectacle moved slowly down Main Street from the war memorial, making its turn onto Glover Avenue and finally wrapping up in front of the judges reviewing stand on Queen Street.

  • Officer Hopes Heightened Awareness Prompts Newtown To Talk About Suicide

    “Your brother is dead….”

    That early morning call from her mom came 25 years ago, but Newtown Police Officer Maryhelen McCarthy remembers the moment like it was yesterday.

  • Sandy Hook Fund Capping Some Mental Health Assistance Payouts

    While the immediate victims of 12/14 — 26 families, two injured teachers, and 12 witness/survivor children — will continue to be served on an “as-needed” basis within current limitations, the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation (NSHCF) will initiate a cap in payouts that help other individuals cover out-of-pocket costs for mental health and other alternative posttraumatic treatments.