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  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    The Hattertown Historic District has an alternate position available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and a full board position available to any registered voter.

  • Newtown Activists Shift Focus To House Of Representatives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a week in which another mass shooting took place, and in a year in which gun control has fallen off Congress’ radar, gun control activists again came to Capitol Hill to lobby unyielding politicians.

  • Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

    The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

  • Police Continue To Pursue Leads In Search For Missing Man

    Newtown police said they are investigating two reported sightings of the missing Robert Hoagland which occurred on Tuesday, September 17, near the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.

    Newtown police said Wednesday morning that Mr Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, has not yet been located.

  • Library Director Steps Down

    The Newtown Bee received a copy Tuesday, September 17, of an e-mail letter of resignation from C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields, sent to members of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library. The e-mail was sent at 11:46 am on Monday, September 16, and stated that following conversations with his wife this past weekend, they had “decided together that it would be best if I did not work here, effective immediately.”

  • Traffic Alert: I-84 To Be Closed Two Weekends At N.Y.-Conn. Border

    The New York State Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges carrying Interstate 84 over Dingle Ridge Road in Southeast, N.Y. The work is being accelerated to minimize traffic impacts, but will require the interstate to be closed in that area during two upcoming weekends.

    Traffic delays are anticipated. 

    The weekend of September 21-22, I-84 West will be closed at Exit 1 in Connecticut, and directed back onto I-84 at Exit 20 in Southeast.

  • High Meadow Preservation, Rental Housing Highlighted In FFH Master Plan Update

    After a three-year process, the Board of Selectmen received the latest update to the Fairfield Hills Master Plan during its September 16 meeting.

    The relatively brief presentation by Land Use Director George Benson and Master Plan Review Committee member Deborra Zukowski elicited a couple of tense interactions with Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston over the reintroduction of housing as a possible development consideration.

  • State Agency: Logo Misused In Newtown School Move

    (AP) A state agency has told a Bridgeport business owner who coordinated the relocation of equipment from the Sandy Hook school where 26 people were fatally shot that it misused its logo and asked him to stop.

    The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that Al Barbarotta of Conveo Energy was approached by the Malloy administration in December to coordinate relocating school equipment from Sandy Hook Elementary School free of charge.

  • Newtown Parents Make Appeals To Mass. Lawmakers

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers studying dozens of changes proposed to Massachusetts’ gun laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., said they hoped to craft a single comprehensive bill that balanced the desire to reduce gun violence with the rights of legitimate gun owners.

    The Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held the fifth and final in a series of statewide public hearings Friday, September 13, drawing hundreds of people to the Statehouse.

  • Child Safety Seat Inspections & Enforcement Planned This Week

    In conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15–21, the Newtown Police Department will be conducting Child Safety Seat Enforcement.

    During the enforcement period, Newtown officers will be maintaining a high profile while enforcing child safety seat protection laws during all traffic stops. Officers will focus on proper use of child safety seats for children.