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  • FFH Authority Elects New Chair, Reflects On 2013

    The final Fairfield Hills Authority meeting of 2013 indicated changes to come for 2014.

    The role of chairman has passed from James Bernardi to authority member Thomas Connors.

    Noting his “last night as chair” at the December 18 meeting, Mr Bernardi said, “I’ve got to thank you all for being volunteers dedicated to making the campus better for our town. You do it because you are dedicated, you donate your time, and I am proud of the work you all do.”

  • Church Members Explain Reasons For Planned Land Sale To Hook & Ladder

    Representatives of Trinity Episcopal Church, which plans to sell land to the Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighting organization for construction of a new firehouse, have explained church members’ thinking in terms of their recent decision to sell the land.

  • Finance Board Weighs Senior Tax Relief Options

    Noting that a number of “bright, informed” residents are “looking for a gesture from the town,” regarding additional tax relief, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze stressed that he wanted his “[board members] to have the dialogue” during a January 7 special meeting.

  • $70,000 In 12/14 Charity Donations Missing, State AG, IRS Getting Involved

    This report was updated January 15 adding details from Senator Chris Murphy and state Attorney General Geaorge Jepsen.

     

    Senator Chris Murphy is calling for the Internal Revenue Service to open an investigation into a Nashville, Tenn. charity formed in the wake of 12/14 that has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running.

  • Father of Newtown Gunman Willing To Help Sandy Hook Commission Obtain Health Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — The father of the 20-year-old gunman who committed the Newtown school shooting said Friday he is willing to help provide his late son's medical records to the state commission reviewing the massacre and attempting to make recommendation on changes to mental health policy.

  • School Board OKs New NHS Graduation Requirements

    After Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recommended a course of dealing with upcoming state high school graduation requirements, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, January 7, to increase requirements for the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

     During the school board’s December 3 meeting, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais outlined possible needs and ways to meet the state’s 2020 graduation requirements.

  • First Snow Of The New Year

    The first snowstorm of 2014 arrived in Newtown less than 48 hours into the new year, and it left a few inches of powdery snow in its wake. Students were sent home early on January 2 — afternoon preschool students never even went to school on Thursday — when the snow arrived a little earlier than expected. Classes at all schools were cancelled on Friday, January 3, and many businesses stayed closed for the day or opened late. The worst of the storm had passed through town by late Friday morning.

  • School Board Approves Unexpended Education Funds Account

    After being presented by Business Director Ronald Bienkowski, the Board of Education unanimously approved during its meeting on Tuesday, January 7, a request for the Board of Finance to establish an unexpended education funds account.

    A public act enacted in June of 2011, Mr Bienkowski said, allows for the use of an unexpended education funds account for school boards.

  • Latest Offer On SHS Parcel Rejected; Access Options Weighed

    The Legislative Council was informed January 8 that the town’s last, best offer on two Riverside Road parcels officials hoped would provide an optimal and alternative entryway for the new Sandy Hook School was rejected by the property owners through their attorney.

  • Resident Guarantees $200,000 To Complete Main Street Sidewalk Connection

    Joseph Draper, second from right, is joined by town officials at Newtown Municipal Center January 8 after announcing he will be guaranteeing a donation of at least $200,000, which will be matched with a memorial fund to complete a section of sidewalk between upper Church Hill Road and Main Street.