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  • Politicians Encourage Donations For Social Services Food Drive

    With winter weather settling in, State Sen John McKinney (R-28), State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), DebraLee Hovey (R-112), and Dan Carter (R-2), along with Newtown’s Social Services Department, are holding a food drive in the month of January to benefit Newtown families in need.

  • A Letter Of Thanks From Sandy Hook Elementary School

    The following is a released letter signed by the faculty and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The letter was received late Thursday morning, December 19, after the deadline for The Newtown Bee print edition of December 20, 2013.

  • John Heath Sentenced To 50 Years In Wife’s 1984 Murder

    DANBURY — A Danbury Superior Court judge last week sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to serve a 50-year prison sentence for murdering his wife, Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984, at their Poverty Hollow Road home in Newtown.

    Following the murder, Mr Heath concealed his wife’s body in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property.

  • Connecticut Sets Post-Sandy Hook School Building Standards

    State officials announced new school construction protocols Friday in response to the Newtown tragedy, including exterior surveillance, blast-resistant entryways and classroom door locks -- all features that might have stopped or slowed Adam Lanza's assault on Sandy Hook Elementary a year ago.

  • State Review Panel Wants To Know More About Mental State Of 12/14 Perpetrator

    HARTFORD (AP) — Some members of a state commission reviewing the Newtown school shooting said December 20 they need more detailed information about the killer’s mental state. Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission also want to know his access to treatment before they can make any substantial recommendations concerning mental health policy.

  • National Vigil Draws People Nationwide In Honoring Gun Violence Victims

    Four days after the December 12 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims in Washington, DC, conducted in remembrance of all lost to or affected by gun violence, Newtown Foundation spokesperson Dave Ackert was still emotionally moved by the event.

  • In 12/14 PTSD Case, Police Chief Withdraws Job Termination Recommendation

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Police Reports | December 1-18, 2013

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  • ‘A Young Israeli Speaks Out,’ December 29 At Adath Israel

    Congregation Adath Israel and The Jewish Federation will present “A Young Israeli Speaks Out,” a talk by Nadav Weijel, on Sunday, December 29, at 2 pm, at Adath Israel

    Mr Weijel was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces for three years, including time patrolling the West Bank. In his 60-minute program, he will offer his views on the Israeli mentality, the challenges of being a soldier, and Israeli perspectives.  Before leaving the army he was chosen to accompany an American Birthright group.

  • Legislative Council Unanimously Rejects Eminent Domain Option For Riverside Road Property

    As childhood friends, Riverside Road resident Susan Oberstadt and her future husband, George, used to play in the cow fields that were eventually developed to build Sandy Hook School.

    She became one of the first students to attend that new school back in the 1950s. Ms Oberstadt never dreamed that six decades later she would be sitting in a packed town council meeting fighting to keep her homestead from being taken by eminent domain so the town could enhance the development of a new Sandy Hook School.