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  • Snapshot: Betsy Gaier

    Occupation: I am the office and volunteer coordinator for Sandy Hook Promise.

    Family: My husband of 26 years is Deryl. We have a son, Marty, who is 22 and at the University of North Texas, studying criminal justice. Our other son, Andy, is 19 and headed to Porter and Chester in Watertown, for auto repair.

  • The Way We Were

    September 9, 1988

  • A Patch Of Sun On Riverside Road

    Riverside Road resident Brian Haag gave up on vegetable gardening when “everything got eaten,” he said, and instead planted a sunflower patch two years ago.

    “I never grew them before and they look pretty,” he said of a patch he planted again this year. “Everyone going by seems to enjoy them.” He planted them from seed during the first week of June, a slight delay since “we still had some cold nights in May.”

  • Memorial Fund Donations Replace Birthday Gifts

    In lieu of gifts, Claire Fiordelisi asked for donations to the Sandy Hook Family Memorial fund for her tenth birthday on August 14.

    The fund, started by residents Christine and Kevin Yacko and their son Thomas, is raising money for a memorial that will serve “as a quiet place to go or where we can share thoughts,” Mr Yacko said. The memorial would be separate from a memorial planned by the town to honor the victims of the 12/14 shootings in Sandy Hook.

  • 'We Are Newtown - Marching Strong': A Parade Prediction Come True

    What's a little rain -- when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, paradegoers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Calling all Time Travelers from 1980! Or members of all other graduating classes from Sandy Hook Elementary School… Following an inquiry from 1980 Sandy Hook grad Wendy Mitchell, the town is accepting known locations of time capsules buried at the Sandy Hook School Dickinson Drive site. If anyone can remember where the various SH classes buried any time capsules, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the town will try to retrieve them prior to construction at the site.

  • Snapshot: Clare Francke

    Occupation: I’m a secretary in the School Counseling Department at Newtown High School.

    Family: My husband Dave and I have four children. Matthew is 27, Michael is 23, Colleen is 20, and Christopher is 18.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Buddy. Our cat, Bear, was just put down recently. He was 14 years old. Buddy is already 10 years old. We might have to get a puppy to help rejuvenate him!

  • The Way We Were

    September 2, 1988

  • 52nd Annual Labor Day Parade Line Of March

    Here is the lineup for Monday’s 52nd Newtown Labor Day Parade, as provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. The theme of this year’s parade is “We Are Newtown — Marching Strong.”