• NAA To Protest NSSF Trade Show And Policies

    Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will hold a rally outside the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), 11 Mile Hill Road, Newtown, on Tuesday, January 20, at 4:15 pm, “to expose the gun industry’s shameful record of selling military-style assault rifles that are routinely used in mass shootings, while at the same time it opposes gun safety laws and policies,” according to the announcement of the event released earlier this week. Organizers are encouraging members of the community to attend.

  • Hearing Is Next Step For 2015-16 School Budget

    After three budget workshop meetings, the Board of Education finished hearing reports from representatives of the different areas of the superintendent’s proposed 2015-16 budget at its workshop meeting on Tuesday, January 13. The next step for the budget will be a public hearing on February 3.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented his proposed 2015-16 operating budget to the school board on Tuesday, January 6, as $72,399,186, a 1.48 percent increase over the current budget of $71,345,304.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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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  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Meet Friday

    HARTFORD — The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet Friday, January 16, at 9:30 am, at the Legislative Office Building.

    The commission is Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s 16-member panel of experts tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.