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  • $73,000 In 12/14 Charity Donations Missing

    A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for $73,000 it raised through marathon running, one of its co-founders said January 10. The FBI, the attorneys general in two states, and the IRS are all looking for the co-founder of an organization that raised funds for those affected by 12/14.

  • Judge Rejects State's Request To Delay School Funding Trial

    Hartford Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay summarily rejected the state's request January 16 for a lengthy postponement of an education-funding lawsuit over whether the state is meeting its constitutional responsibility of providing a “suitable education” for every child in Connecticut.

  • School Board Unanimously Selects New Superintendent

    The Newtown Board of Education unanimously voted to name Joseph Erardi, Jr, as the school district's new superintendent during a special meeting held on Friday, January 17.

    According to a press release from the school board, read by BOE Vice Chair Laura Roche during the meeting, it is anticipated that Dr Erardi will begin his new position as early as the spring.

  • Police Again Offer Citizen Police Academy

    The Newtown Police Department will again sponsor its Citizen Police Academy, a free educational   program intended to inform residents about law enforcement issues and, more broadly, about the criminal justice system.

    The annual program was not offered in 2013, in the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School, but is now resuming.

    This year’s session marks the 18th time that the police department has offered the program. Patrol Sergeant David Kullgren is the program coordinator.

  • Police Reports January 9 - 16, 2014

    Shelton House

    Police report an incident at Shelton House, a large vacant building at the town-owned Fairfield Hills campus, at about 2:30 pm on January 12.

    Police said they received a report that some people had illegally entered Shelton House, which is adjacent to the Newtown Municipal Center. Police said they went to Shelton House and found three people in the area, two of whom had illegally entered the building through an unsecured window.

  • Fire Reports | January 9-15, 2014

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, January 9: 7:59 pm, hazardous condition, near intersection of Barnabas Road and Hawleyville Road, Hawleyville responded; 9:23 pm, alarm, 19 Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded.

    Friday, January 10: 11:15 am, alarm, 20 Alder Lane, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Final Home Solar Installation Workshop Scheduled

    UPDATE (Tuesday, January 21, 2014): This workshop has been postponed due to today's snow. It will be held on its snow date of January 23.

    The workshop has also been moved. It will now be presented in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, at 45 Main Street.

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  • Permanent Memorial Panel Tackles Time And Opinions

    Charged in September 2013 to investigate whether or not a permanent memorial to 12/14 is appropriate for the community, and if so, what that might look like, the Permanent Memorial Commission of 12 members appointed by First Selectman Pat Llodra has been getting to know one another, defining its mission, and otherwise preparing to take on what could be a daunting task, said Permanent Memorial Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy.

  • Eviction Imminent For Make A Home

    Scott Lavelle, property manager for Divivo-Vona, LLC, confirmed Thursday morning, January 16, that an eviction is proceeding against Make A Home Foundation, located at 40 High Bridge Road in Newtown.

  • Two Sergeants Retire From Police Department; Froehlich Charges "Cruel Work Environment"

    At their January 7 meeting, Police Commission members accepted the retirement of sergeants Darlene Froehlich and John Cole. In her letter of resignation, Sgt Froehlich cited a “cruel work environment” and “hatred” within the department as prompting her decision to retire.

    Ms Froehlich, 55, joined the police department in July 1984. Mr Cole, 52, joined the organization in January 1989. The full-pension vesting period for town police officers is 25 years.