Year In Review

  • Year In Review: Notable Moments Of 2014

    Emergency measures were underway immediately to prevent further damage in the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library in January, following a pipe break above the second floor offices that flooded much of the central main floor and lower areas of the library. A refurbished and upgraded library reopened to the public in March.

  • Year In Review: Community Center, Charter Revision, Elections, Continuing 12/14 Recovery Dominated Headlines In 2014

    The Newtown government beat was a busy one throughout 2014, with developments like the new community center competing with continued recovery and resiliency efforts as the community moved through its second year post-12/14.

    It was a year that also saw several parents and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as government officials, step into the public eye, offering informative, courageous, candid, and often heart-wrenching testimony to  Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Commission.

  • Year In Review: A New Playground Is Built

    In the same space and in the same spirit of FunSpace, a playground at Dickinson Park that was falling into disrepair and which the town tore down in October 2013, is the new FunSpace II. During that same month, ground was broken for a new playscape, and the new construction was completed and opened to children by August 2014.

  • Year In Review: Land Use Proposals Increased During 2014

    In early 2014, the updated Town Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the updated Fairfield Hills Master Plan, took effect, providing the town with a set of planning guidelines for the coming years on local growth and resource conservation, both in the town at large and at the town-owned 185-acre Fairfield Hills core campus.

    The town plan is updated decennially. The Fairfield Hills plan is updated as needed.

  • Year In Review: Service, Achievement, And Progress In Newtown's Schools

    For Newtown’s public schools 2014 was an eventful year. Students raised money for causes and charities, completed projects, and demonstrated a range of abilities throughout the year.

    The start of 2014 had Newtown Middle School students testing their knowledge in the school’s final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, on January 9. After a number of rounds, student Michael Arena was named as the school’s winner.

  • A Look Back At The People Of Newtown, 2014

    Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were these stories.

    Newtown resident Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board.

  • Despite Its Tragic Ending, 2012 Was A Year Of Giving And Change In Newtown's Schools- Year In Review

    The world may now know Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown for the events of 12/14, but 2012 was a year of true giving from start to finish. The local community knows there is more to the town, and so much more to the schools and its students, than one day in its history could ever show the world.