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  • Commission Weighs Challenge On Newtown's 911 Calls

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press. A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks.

  • Provoked By Newtown, Obama Pushes For Mental Health Reforms

    WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”“I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.

  • First Selectman Implores Lawmakers To Block Access To 12/14 Materials

    Urging state legislators to make a “compassionate choice,” First Selectman Pat Llodra has added her voice to that of grieving 12/14 parents and a group of lawmakers led by Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney working to excerpt certain public records, images and 9111 recordings from public access.

  • Newtown Charity To Begin Distribution Of $11.4M To Families

    According to an Associated Press report, the president of the foundation overseeing about $11.4 million in funds donated to Newtown in the wake of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School said Monday his group hopes to begin distributing money to the families of victims within a month.

  • Newtown Families To Legislators: Stop Release Of Crime Scene Photos

    The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.“They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school. A bill that the legislative leadership has been secretly negotiating with the governor's office would block future release of crime-scene photos...

  • Traffic-Lane Shifts Planned For I-84 Overpasses Above Center St.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will be shifting the lanes of traffic flow on the two Interstate-84 bridges which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook. The construction work required to shift the location of traffic flow on the two 100-foot-long bridges is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 2, and continue to Friday, June 21. The parallel bridges lie about 90 feet apart from one another.

  • Yankees To Host Newtown Day On July 7

    The New York Yankees will host Newtown Day when the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 7, at 1:05 pm. Tickets are offered to all Newtown residents on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of five tickets per person). Included is a food ...

  • Sandy Hook Families Call For Privacy Of 12/14 Crime Scene Information

    Twenty parents and spouses who lost loved ones at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14 gathered together at the Capitol in Hartford on Friday, May 31, to call on legislators to pass House Bill 6424, “An Act Concerning Fees for Searches of Accident and Investigative Reports of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.” They were joined by sisters, a brother, a son, a teacher, and others directly affected by what happened 5½ months ago today. The bill, which is being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly, contains an amendment that would ensure the privacy of crime scene information depicting the gruesome circumstances of the tragic mass shooting that resulted in the murder of 20 first grade students and six educators.

  • The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From May 31

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated May 31, 2013. The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee. Tune in weekly.

  • Officials Making A Case For Third-Round School Budget With Video Messages

    Following a similar appeal by Acting Superintendent John Reed via a two-part video broadcast on The Bee’s YouTube channel, a number of other local officials requested to post face-to-face messages to local taxpayers. Those officials — First Selectman Pat Llodra, Selectman James Gaston, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze, Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein, and Legislative Council Chairman Jeff Capeci, Vice Chair Mary Ann Jacob and Education Committee Chair Kathryn Fetchick — all voiced support for passing the latest district request.