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  • Fire Reports October 24 - 30, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

  • Mental Health Services Fund For Newtown Responders Falls Short

    HARTFORD — A private charitable fund created to help pay for the mental health care of first responders, teachers and other workers affected by the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school falls short of what is needed to help those with long-term problems, including one police officer who cannot return to work, a union lawyer says.

  • Police Uncover Nighttime Burglary At Fairfield Hills

    Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building.

    Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.

  • Municipal Election Ballots Available To View Online

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut voters can go online and view the ballots for every city and town holding municipal elections on November 5.

  • The Great Pumpkin Challenge Collection

    A couple hours into the weekend collection hours for this year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge, pumpkins were already arriving at 14 Main Street, where the entire collection will be displayed on Halloween.

    This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5.

  • Sherman Woods Gains Wetlands Approval

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members last week unanimously approved the wetlands/watercourses protection aspects of a proposed 42-lot cluster-style residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook.

    The project would be the largest residential subdivision locally in more than a decade.

  • Newtown VFW Announces Outreach For Teacher’s Family In Nevada

    As many have heard, another school shooting took place on October 21, this time at a middle school in Sparks, Nev. A 12-year old student wounded two fellow students and killed a teacher before taking his own life. The eighth grade math teacher, Michael Landsberry, was a former Marine and an Air National Guard Master Sergeant. He reportedly tried to shield students from the young shooter.

  • Breaking Ground For A New Playground At Dickinson Park

    Gardening shovels stood ready.

    With half the playground at Dickinson Park razed behind them, and a sign displaying the future playscape nearby, a small gathering of officials and playground supporters held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground at Dickinson Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 22. Construction will begin as soon as the old play area is removed. Recreation crews began disassembling Funspace earlier this month.

  • Town Attorney Says 'Bare Majority' Stipulation For BOE Race Excludes Two-Year Candidate

    Town Attorney David Grogins has released his formal opinion on a relatively recent charter revision stirring up controversy a few days ahead of local elections. And two Democratic Board of Education candidates caught up in the issue also weighed in on the prospect of pursuing legal action if they do not each win seats under the “bare majority” rule currently in question.

    (See NewtownBee.com for a link to the full text of the town attorney’s opinion.)

  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.

    At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story.

    However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage.