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  • 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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  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Newtown Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Wednesday

    Due to the weather, all Newtown Public Schools will be running on a two hour delay on Wednesday, December 18.

  • Documentation Project Preserves A Sampling Of ‘Love Pouring In’

    At 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, in a super-efficient industrial furnace, it takes about three hours for four tractor trailer loads of materials to be reduced to one three-foot -square box of ashes — or “sacred soil,” as the cremated remains of the hundreds of thousands of items sent to the Town of Newtown after 12/14 are known.

  • Heath Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing His Wife

    A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old.

    A jury convicted Heath in October of beating his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

    The prosecution in the case had asked for a sentence of 53 to 60 years. The defense argued for a 25-year sentence.

  • Foundation Seeks Feedback On Needs, Barriers To Receiving Assistance

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is seeking residents’ input through an anonymous online survey about how to go about distributing the remaining approximately $4.3 million, which has been set aside to support unmet needs in the community in both the short and long term.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Meet Friday

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, December 20, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The meeting begins at 10 am in Hearing Room 1C.

    The commission is expected to receive a presentation from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association regarding the response of law enforcement to Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. Following the presentation, the commission members will discuss the State’s Attorney’s report on the tragedy.

  • Newtown Public Schools Closed Tuesday; Additional Cancellations & Postponements

    Contact Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at 203-426-3141 or shannon@thebee.com with cancellation and postponement details.

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, December 17, due to the weather.

    Parks & Rec tennis has been cancelled for today, also due to the weather.