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  • Bee Slates BOE Candidate Forum, Planning Profiles

    Each election season in recent years, The Newtown Bee has presented a live candidates forum in the run-up to local and state elections, as well as detailed coverage and profiles of all candidates for office. This year the newspaper is hosting a forum that will feature all the incumbents and challengers seeking a seat on the Board of Education, as well as presenting detailed profiles of all Democratic and Republican contenders on The Bee’s website, newtownbee.com. The live forum, as in year’s past, will be on stage at the Edmond Town Hall Theater, Tuesday, October 22 from 7 to 9 pm.

  • 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.Light the Night included a 2.2-mile walk on the Fairfield Hills campus in the nighttime during which walkers held aloft color-coded illuminated paper lanterns symbolizing their desire to cure blood cancers.Seventeen individual teams of fundraisers participated, representing about 300 people who registered for the event, Ms Angell said. Participants ranged from the very young to the elderly. The event ran for about three hours...

  • 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. Absentee ballots for the November election will also become available 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 fire...

  • 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.

  • School Board Approves New Administrators Contract

    The Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract between the Newtown Association of School Administrators and the Newtown Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, October 1, resulting from negotiations that began on July 3l. This ...

  • Medical Examiner Describes Attack At Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY — The chief state medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the skeletal remains of Elizabeth Heath testified in court on October 2 that her injuries indicated she had attempted to defend herself from her attacker before she was beaten to death by blunt-force traumatic head blows.H. Wayne Carver, MD, who recently retired from his state post, testified in Danbury Superior Court as a prosecution witness in the murder trial of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater.

  • School Superintendent Search Continues

    Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche said, during the board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, the district’s search for a permanent superintendent of school is going well. She said consultants from CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) have been busy over the past month to put together focus groups with community stakeholders. Ms Roche said they have met with board members, the first selectman, senior citizens, clergy members, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members, central office staff, building administrators, and more than 100 staff from different schools...

  • NHS To Seek Variance For Electric Entrance Sign

    The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.“The installation of an electric sign is something we wanted to run by the Board of Ed before going to Planning and Zoning,” said NHS Principal Charles Dumais. “It requires a variance from Planning and Zoning. We wanted to know whether or not we had the board’s support in moving forward with this...

  • DC Shutdown Affects School District

    While Newtown is not feeling any major impacts from the federal government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski described one small effect it has had on the district. When Board of Education member William Hart asked Mr Bienkowski, during the school board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, whether the government shutdown will affect any of Newtown’s awarded grants, Mr Bienkowski said the representative working with the district to oversee the US Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant is not in the office anymore...