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  • Llodra, Reed Address Questions About October 5 Referendum, Pending SHS Project

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Interim School Superintendent John Reed sat for a video interview September 24 to respond to questions and to help residents understand the implications of the upcoming October 5 referendum. On that Saturday, between 6 am and 8 pm, voters will be as asked to accept or reject a gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the existing Sandy Hook building, and to build a new, state-of-the-art school facility, roughly on the same site. The officials sat down with The Bee shortly after the first of several public information sessions and extended office hours for residents who want to come in and discuss concerns or ask questions about the impending project.

  • Five Witnesses Testify As Heath Murder Trial Starts

    While cleaning out a decayed efficiency apartment in a barn at a Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown in April 2010, Jordan Wright of Redding made a grisly discovery: the skeletal remains of a woman who had formerly lived at that property and who had been reported missing to police by her husband 26 years earlier. Mr Wright, who owns the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property with his parents, told an eight-man, four-woman jury in Danbury Superior Court that to be certain his suspicions were correct, he contacted his father, Kenneth, who is a physician, who then confirmed that a large bone that had been uncovered was a human femur or thighbone. Jordan Wright was one of five witnesses who spoke on Thursday, September 27, during the first day of testimony at the murder trial of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater.

  • Justice Department Approves Grant for Police Staffing

    WASHINGTON, DC – US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, September 27, that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will provide $150,000 in 2013 fiscal year funding to Newtown to pay for two police positions to ensure school safety, such as school resource officers. “This grant funding will help to offer critical support for law enforcement and essential services to the community as Newtown comes back from a heartbreaking tragedy,” Mr Holder said in a statement.“Just over nine months after the senseless mass shooting at Sandy Hook, we remain committed to providing every resource we can to ensure that the children of Newtown can feel safe and secure at school and elsewhere...

  • SHS PTA Votes To Advocate For October 5 ‘Yes’ Vote

    Over two meetings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) unanimously voted last week to advocate for a Yes vote for the Saturday, October 5, referendum for the authorization for the town government to spend state money on demolishing, designing, and building a Sandy Hook School. According to Sandy Hook School PTA President Stephanie Burns, First Vice President Jennifer Taylor, and member Karen Holden, the meetings focused more on how to get people out to vote rather than on whether or not to advocate...

  • Town Releases Latest Sandy Hook School Project Q&A Document

    The Town of Newtown has developed its latest informational Q&A document to continue ensuring that residents are informed through the rebuilding process of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fifth document, released on September 26, provides an update on the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project and the referendum scheduled on October 5, 2013 to authorize the town government to spend money which has been granted by the State of Connecticut. The Newtown Board of Education, as members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force, endorsed the decision in May to remove the current Sandy Hook Elementary School building and build a new school on a modified version of the current site on Dickinson Drive. The next step in the process will take place on October 5, when Newtown holds that special referendum...

  • Police News, September 17 - 21, 2013

    DUI Warrant Police report that after learning that they held a warrant for his arrest, Thomas Santaniello, 20, of 2 Fox Hollow Lane, went to the police station about 6 pm on September 19 and was charged with four offenses in...

  • Fire Reports, September 19 - 26, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, September 19: 4:55 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Hawleyville r...

  • Dickinson Playground To Close October 7, New Playscape To Be Constructed

    The FunSpace playground at Dickinson Park will close on October 7. Parks and Recreation Department crews will begin its demolition in preparation for construction of new play features there. Recreatoin Director Amy Mangold met recently with Al Corsetti, vice president of Pat Corsetti Inc, the contractor recently awarded the bid for construction of the Elm Drive park. The $774,162 project is a combination of bonding, donation, and surcharge funding. “Construction should begin soon after,” Ms Mangold said. The new play space will be ADA accessible and accommodate wheelchairs.

  • Design, Engineering Teams For Sandy Hook School Ready To Begin

    Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) introduced the design and engineering teams that will oversee the pending remediation and demolition of the existing Sandy Hook School, as well as coordinating the new school building project as it rolls out in the coming months. The panel also heard brief reports from project managers Aaron Krueger of Consigli Construction and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners.

  • Council Authorizes Llodra To Produce Referendum Materials

    During a brief special meeting September 25, the Legislative Council authorized the First Selectman's Office to produce explanatory materials for voters ahead of the scheduled, October 5 referendum. The rare Saturday vote will ask residents to endorse or reject the state's gift of up to $50 million to remediate and demolish the former Sandy Hook School building, and to construct a new school for the community. Polls will be open at the Middle School from 6 am to 8 pm that day, and absentee ballots for that referendum are available now.