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  • Police Action Results In Schools Lock-In

    UPDATE (11:45 am): The lock-in has been lifted from both schools. Police activity continues, but one person is reportedly in custody and situation is contained.

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    Newtown Police are responding to an unspecified incident in Sandy Hook.

    Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses have been put into lock-in mode.

  • Jo-Mar Drive Incident Prompts Heavy Police Response

    At about 11:45 am on Monday, a “lock-in” security condition was lifted at both the Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses in response to a police emergency that occurred on Jo-Mar Drive in Sandy Hook.

    Interim School Superintendent John Reed said the lock-in had followed a request from police to do so.

  • Sandy Hook School Referendum Passes By Wide Margin

    A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School.

    Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding.

  • Tree Planting And Harvest Festival At Victory Garden Saturday

    With a last-minute reminder to volunteers ready to plant small fruit trees Saturday, October 5, Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin asked participants to bring a long handled round faced shovel for planting the trees, and if possible, a metal rake for spreading mulch.

    With an early glimpse at the trees which were in town and ready for planting on Friday, October 4, he said, “They’re quite beautiful.”

  • Adaptive Sports Retreat Welcomes Veterans

    The Leaps of Faith Disabled Waterskiers Club hosted a successful Adaptive Water Sports Retreat for veterans September 20–22, at its lakeside location on Lake Zoar.

  • Fruit Trees Will Soon Grow In Fairfield Hills

    Fresh fruit from apple trees planted in memory of the 12/14 victims will soon add to future Victory Garden harvests.

  • Light The Night Illuminates Blood Cancer Issues

    An estimated 400 people attended the Connecticut Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night fundraising event held from late afternoon into the night on Saturday, September 28, at Fairfield Hills.

    Kristen Angell, the LLS Light The Night/special events campaign manager, said September 30 that the organization is well on its way to reaching the $88,000 fundraising goal set for the Fairfield Hills event.

  • Saturday Referendum Calls Voters To Appropriate $50 Million Grant For Sandy Hook School

    Referendum polls will be open for all registered and qualified voters Saturday, October 5, between 6 am and 8 pm, at Newtown Middle School to appropriate $50 million in state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School.

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia-Halstead said mailed in absentee ballots for the referendum will be counted if received by Saturday, October 5. Voters may apply for their own referendum ballots in-person up until 4:30 pm Friday, October 4.

  • On The Road To A New Firehouse

    Kathy Holick tucked a small green and white Sandy Hook rubber duck into her leather jacket. She soon hopped onto her husband Steve’s motorcycle as the two joined the fourth annual Firehouse Ride to support the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 in its effort to build a new firehouse.

    This year’s event, which drew more than 100 motorcycles, and a larger than usual crowd for the pig roast and party that followed, was called The Ride To Remember, also benefiting the Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund.

  • With Four Weeks To Election Day, Local GOP, Dems Invoke ‘Balance’ In Messaging

    With local elections just over a month away, Newtown Democrats and Republicans have both been busy sounding a theme of balance to the party faithful and voters.

    For Democrats, the advocacy is about restoring balance, while the first of several expected Republican releases focuses on how party incumbents have worked to maintain a balanced agenda over the previous two years — work they say yielded a number of accomplishments on behalf of residents.