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  • Green Ribbon Ride Cuts ‘Historic’ Route Through Newtown

    (Please note: This story has been updated with a larger number of riders than had originally been estimated by organizers for Sunday’s ride. Also, a slideshow has been added.)

     

  • Conservation Commission Offering Invasive Plant ID

    Members of Newtown Conservation Commission are again offering their services to residents who want help identifying invasive plants for private homeowners. 

    Invasive plants have become an ever-increasing problem for Newtown, both in landscaped areas as well as forests and open spaces. Some invasives are actually sold in nurseries and arrive in our yards by planting them. Others have spread into uncultivated areas, crowding out native species and decreasing the overall health of our forests and open spaces.

  • School Panel Facing High Emotions And A Delay On SHS Site Decision

    In the final minutes of a marathon five hour meeting May 3 that started with some raw and emotional input from Sandy Hook School staff, a Newtowner who played a key role on 12/14 sat down before a school building task force and described what he was witnessing.

    Gene Rosen, who found six students from the school in his neighboring driveway that fateful December morning and sheltered them until parents and police arrived, took a few moments to dial down his own emotions before he spoke.

    “I heard the agony of this process,” he said, his voice hitching.

  • Woman Seeking Money Damages For Carnival Fall

    The town is among four defendants named in a lawsuit which seeks money damages in connection with an April 2011 incident in which a woman tripped and fell at a firefighters’ carnival held at the Newtown High School grounds.

    In the lawsuit dated April 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna Amusements, LLC, of Orange; Botsford Fire & Rescue Company; Fire Marshal Bill Halstead; and the Town of Newtown.

  • State Police Charge Prison Social Worker With Drug Offenses

    State police have charged a social worker for prisoners at Garner Correctional Institution with two drug offenses in connection with an incident that occurred at the high-security prison on April 25.

    State police said they charged John Renzulli, 65, of Southbury, with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and with illegal possession of marijuana within a correctional institution.

  • A Look At What’s Next For Gun Safety

    The public is invited to attend a presentation by Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and activist for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence; Elliot Fineman, president and CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC); and Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV).

  • Monster Trucks In Sandy Hook, Saturday

    On Saturday, May 4, from 10 am until 2 pm, Pat Summa from the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck Series will be at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station.

    Mr Summa will be giving rides in a special truck made for just such an occasion. The monster truck Thrasher will also be on display in its Sandy Hook Memorial Colors.

    There is no charge. Visitors are asked to park behind the firehouse, at 18-20 Riverside Road.

  • Police Reports April 23 - 30, 2013

    Motorcycle Accident

    Police report that at about 4:10 pm on April 25, motorcyclist John Allen, 58, of Shelton was riding a 2010 Victory V-10 eastward on Berkshire Road, as motorist Pastor Estrada, 59, of Waterbury, who was driving a 2001 Saturn SC-1 coupe, was attempting to make a left turn out from a driveway at 44 Berkshire Road onto westbound Berkshire Road.

  • Fire Reports April 25 - May 1, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, April 25: 9 am, alarm, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Botsford, Sandy Hook, and Hook & Ladder responded; 4:08 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 44 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook responded; 5:18 pm, investigation, 44 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook responded.