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  • Celebrating Solar In Newtown

    On a muggy July morning with just enough breeze to topple his posters of a solar panel installation, Henry Cheung of Sound Solar Systems LLC worked to reset his display.Reaching to help, Altus Power Management Managing Partner Tom Athan propped up one poster then, looking at a photo on it, he said, “I installed those,” indicating several rows of solar panels on the Newtown Middle School’s roof. His company funded a $600,000 solar project now in place at the school and generating roughly 30 percent of the building’s energy needs. The project was at no cost to the town. During a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning, July 11, celebrating the clean energy effort, First Selectman Pat Llodra held the jumbo ceremonial scissors and sliced through a ribbon celebrating Newtown’s second solar project, the first being at the water treatment plant.

  • Police Union President Honored As Labor Leader Of The Year

    In view of his leadership following the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the Newtown Police Union has received the Labor Leader of the Year Award for 2013 from Council 15, which is an association of nearly 4,000 police officers in more tha...

  • Blight And Firearms Ordinance Amendments Set For Public Hearing

    Both the draft amendments to the town’s firearms ordinance and an anti-blight ordinance will be part of a public hearing on August 7, beginning at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s lecture hall, the Legislative Council voted Wednesday, July 10.During the meeting’s initial public comment period, resident Barbara O’Connor

  • Former Sandy Hook Man Sentenced To Eight Years For Wire Fraud

    NEW HAVEN — Garrett L. “Denny” Denniston, 63, formerly of Sandy Hook, this week received a sentence of more than eight years in federal prison for operating a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that bilked dozens of people out of funds, including some Sandy Hook residents who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. In US District Court on Tuesday, July 9, Judge Janet Bond Arterton gave Denniston a 97-month prison sentence to be followed by three years of probation,

  • School Board Fills Vacant Seat With Former Member

    The Board of Education unanimously appointed Kathy Hamilton, formerly Kathy Fetchick, to fill a vacant seat, left open by board Secretary Cody McCubbin, at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 10. Ms Hamilton, who has served on the Legislative Council since September 2010, previously served as the Board of Education’s vice chair.

  • New Director Takes The Reins At C.H. Booth Library

    Shawn Fields, the director of the C.H. Booth Library as of July 1, enthusiastically and thoroughly discussed the book he is currently reading, Guns, Germs, and Steel, by anthropologist Jared Diamond, in his first interview with The Bee, July 10. The book examines the different factors that effect populations as it seeks to answer the question of why civilization is the way it is, and the numerous reasons that contribute to why civilizations thrive or fail, from historical, biological, and anthropological approaches.“I’m a voracious consumer of information,” said Mr Fields

  • Big Time Rush Releasing 500 More Tickets

    Newtown and Sandy Hook residents who may have been away, or missed the chance to get free passes to the July 22 Big Time Rush concert being held for the community at Fairfield Hills have another chance. Organizers have released another 500 tickets, and they will become available to qualified residents Friday, July 12 at noon.

  • Town Releases Third Q&A In Review Of SHS Building Project

    The Town of Newtown has released another “Question & Answer” document to review the next steps in the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project. The document is the third of a series, and the town also announced it will continue to provide updates throughout the rebuilding process. In May, the Sandy Hook School Task Force voted to recommend to the Newtown Board of Education that the current Sandy Hook School building be removed and a new elementary school be built on a modified version of the current site.

  • Arts Community Receives $137,000 From Cultural Alliance

    Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon. On behalf of the alliance, Ms Scails transferred the HealingNewtown Arts Support Fund money to The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). The charitable fund had been established by the alliance to support Newtown, specifically through the arts and in partnership with NCAC following 12/14.

  • NSSF Sues State Over Gun Control

    A trade group representing the firearms industry filed a federal lawsuit Monday using legislative procedural grounds to attack the lawfulness of the Connecticut gun-control law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, accuses the General Assembly of bypassing normal legislative procedures in passing the emergency-certified bill.