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  • Town Announces Warming Centers In Anticipation Of Snowstorm

    A snow storm that has yet to fully reach Newtown as of late Thursday afternoon has town officials planning on locations for residents who may need to seek shelter should their homes lose electricity, and therefore heat.

    The snow storm will keep Newtown under a Winter Weather Warning until at least 1 pm Friday. Forecasters are also predicting temperatures at or below zero, and wind chills bringing additional concerns. Connecticut has not seen these types of temperatures for more than 15 years.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Friday

    Due to the anticipated weather, the Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 3.

  • Officials Flag Student Enrollment Decline As Significant Taxpayer Concern

    A growing number of officials believe that helping residents better understand the relationship between declining student enrollment and the amount school leaders will ask taxpayers to underwrite next year could help pass the annual budget referendum sooner.

    Providing additional evidence to taxpayers that town and district leaders are working collaboratively, and with mutual support for each other’s spending proposals, could also go far toward propelling a first-round budget vote to passage, some officials believe.

  • New Year's Holiday Closings

    All town offices and agencies will be closed from noon on Tuesday, December 31, and remain closed until Thursday, January 2, for New Year’s.

    The transfer station at the former landfill on Ethan Allen Road will be closing at 11 am on Tuesday, December 31. It will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

    C.H. Booth Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

  • 2014 Will See Newtown Ramping Up Numerous Capital Projects

    Momentum is building, literally, as more than a half-dozen capital projects move toward completion, or begin shifting from the drawing board to their respective construction phases in 2014.

  • Despite Files, Sandy Hook School Shooter Remains Enigma

    Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

    He could write stories that struck horror into a teacher’s heart, then turn around and craft a poem so beautiful it moved listeners to tears.

    As a kid growing up in Connecticut, he rode bikes, played baseball and saxophone, and kept hamsters. As a man, he taped black garbage bags over his bedroom windows, retreating into a world of violent video games, guns and statistics on mass murder.

  • Brookfield Man Implored Police To Consider 'Gas Pipeline Syndrome' In Lanza Investigation

    A little over two years before 12/14, Brookfield resident Steve Kohlhase was in Newtown, within relatively close proximity to the Yogananda Street neighborhood, including the residence where Adam Lanza was beginning to exhibit increasingly concerning behavioral changes.

  • Lyddy Reflects On His Role With Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

    As the end of 2013 approaches, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is stepping back momentarily to regroup and refocus its efforts, according to member and former Newtown state representative Christopher Lyddy, who sits on the panel.

  • State Police Report Concluding 12/14 Investigation Expected This Afternoon

    Connecticut State Police have notified the media that an exhaustive report “on the Sandy Hook School Shooting” will be released electronically at 3 pm Friday, December 27. 

    A notice from Lt J. Paul Vance states the report will be redacted according to law, but he also indicated it contains text, photos and 911 calls received by the State Police on 12/14. A second release from Lt Vance has confirmed that “the document is over 7,000 pages.”

    The release of this report indicates that the State Police investigation is officially closed. 

  • Early Morning Crash Temporarily Closes Route 6 In Hawleyville; Lengthy Extrication Required

    Newtown Police are investigating a tractor trailer versus car crash that occurred at approximately 6:20 am on Friday morning, December 27, near the busy intersection of Mt Pleasant and Sawmill Roads.

    Hawleyville Fire and Rescue Chief John Basso, who handled command supervision at the scene, credited more than 20 volunteers from his department and Hook & Ladder for responding quickly to the scene. A section of Mt Pleasant Road west of the Route 6-25 intersection was closed to traffic while first responders worked at the scene.