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  • 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.

  • June 13 Event In Washington, DC, To Commemorate 12/14

    Newtown Action Alliance, a local grassroots organization committed to reducing gun violence, is sponsoring an all-day event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 13, to demand that Congress vote on and pass comprehensive background checks. The events will commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A thunderclap campaign will take place at 9 am, June 13. A thunderclap is a social media crowd-sourcing event, and can be accessed at www.thunderclap.it/faq.

  • 12/14 Report Release May Not Be Until October

    Those awaiting the release of the long-awaited public investigatory report on the criminal actions of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 28 people including himself in Sandy Hook last December 14, likely will need to wait somewhat longer than initially thought, possibly until October. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said May 29 that the release of that report sometime in June is unlikely, with its disclosure coming at some later point. Lt Vance declined to say when that might be. “We will do a complete investigation,” he stressed, explaining that state police want to be thorough in probing the mass murder. After the police investigation is complete, it will be sent to Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, who would then write a public report on the case, Lt Vance said. Before any investigatory information is made public, state police plan to discuss the results of their probe with the survivors of those killed by Lanza, according to Lt Vance.

  • CT DEEP Forecasting Unhealthy Air Quality For Most Of The State May 30-June 1

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” on Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, due to predicted elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution. Southern sections of Middlesex and New London counties will experience unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups on Thursday May 30th. This area of unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups is expected to expand to include Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford and Tolland counties on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.

  • Veterans Commemorated At VFW Service

    While others in town fired up their grills, or packed up for a day at the beach or on the water, a number of Newtown residents gathered at the property of the VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road, just off of Wasserman Way, to observe the reason most Americans had the day off, Monday, May 27, Memorial Day. Kevin Booker and his son, Hunter, staked out a shady spot at the edge of the lawn, in anticipation of the VFW Post 308 annual Memorial Day ceremony. “We come every year to pay our respects to the troops. It’s the least we can do,” said Mr Booker. His mother’s seven brothers and his father’s five brothers all served in World War II, Mr Booker said, “So we try to keep Hunter plugged in to how fortunate we are, and the sacrifices our troops make for us.” “I’m here to support the troops,” said Sharon Siwik, whose son-in-law is the VFW Chaplain, Rich Monckton. “My grandson was in Afghanistan for awhile, too. I wouldn’t miss today,” Ms Siwik said.

  • June 13 Event In Washington, D.C. To Commemorate 12/14

    Newtown Action Alliance, a local grassroots organization committed to reducing gun violence, is sponsoring an all-day event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 13, to demand that Congress vote on and pass comprehensive background checks. The events will commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Carl Saunders’ Prayer for Peace

    O Lord, Father of All Men, We come to Thee in humble supplication. Thou knowest we have strayed much from Thy laws. Yet, O God, Thou hast blessed us abundantly, and our children. Thankful for these blessings ...

  • New Director Selected For C.H. Booth Library

    The Board of Trustees of Newtown’s C.H. Booth Library announces that Shawn R. Fields has been selected as the new library director, as of July 1. The search for a new director began last fall after longtime director Janet Woycik announced that she intended to retire June 30, 2013.Mr Fields, a resident of Oxford, received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s of library science from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005. He has served as the director of the Huntington Branch library in Shelton since January 2008.

  • Absentee Ballots Available, Special Saturday Hours For Next Referendum

    The next town referendum, to vote only on the proposed education budget, will be held on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 am until 8 pm, in the Newtown Middle School gymnasium. Absentee ballots are available for the referendum during Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center. In addition, the Town Clerk’s office will have special hours on Saturday, June 1, 9 am until noon, for the sole purpose of absentee ballot voting for June 4.