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  • The Governor Takes A Tour Of Sandy Hook Center

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s arrived in Sandy Hook Wednesday morning for a walking tour of the business district in the village center. First Selectman Pat Llodra was waiting to guide him along the new sidewalks there and the two barely had time to greet each other before they were surrounded by news crews, cameras, and microphones. The questions began. Is there a stigma in Sandy Hook? Mrs Llodra said, “I don’t think of it as a stigma, it does not define us … we have to integrate December 14 into who we are; my belief is that one does that better with quiet time to think.”

  • Governor To Be Briefed On 12/14 Probe Status

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is expected to get an update sometime next week from officials involved in the ongoing state police probe into the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at which time he may learn when the report will be released publicly. The governor would receive that update from the state’s attorney office, which is overseeing the state police investigation into the deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators at the school, according to Andrew Doba, a spokesman for the governor.

  • First Selectman Outlines Plans For Armed School Security, Future Options

    In her latest blog entry at onenewtown.org, the town's clearinghouse website for healing and recovery information, First Selectman Pat Llodra recently outlined how security for the public schools located in Newtown will be provided. The details do not include Sandy Hook School, which she noted, has "separate and distinct plans" for security. The first selectman said plans for armed security at the town's schools are still on track.

  • Police Seek Missing Man

    Newtown police are attempting to find a missing man, Robert Hoagland, 50, no address given, who was last seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 5:30 am on Sunday, July 28.Hoagland is white, six feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts.

  • A Nostalgic Crowd Gathers To Celebrate The Great Newtown Reunion

    Roughly 1,000 “alumni” from Newtown’s schools from the past several decades gathered at the Fairfield Hills grounds for the 12-hour Great Newtown Reunion on Saturday, July 27. The event, which was held in a cluster of tents arrayed on a sprawling athletic field just west of Kent House, provided ample opportunities for people to meet again, reminisce, and talk about the future.

  • Maine Museums To Raise Funds For EverWonder Museum Effort

    Six museums in Maine are raising funds for The EverWonder Children’s Museum. The museums will be offering free admission and accepting donations Thursday, August 1, to support construction of the EverWonder Children’s Museum. The museums will be offering free admission and accepting donations Thursday, August 1, to support construction of the EverWonder Children’s Museum. Plans to build the museum predate 12/14, but the effort has gained momentum since the shooting.

  • Serious Accident Closes Berkshire Road

    Shortly after noon Monday, police and emergency crews responded to Berkshire Road in the area of the Misty Vale Deli for a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival responders and police found a single vehicle had hit and snapped a utility pole, which caused subsequent power loss and fluctuations to homes in the area.

  • Jury Selection Starts In Heath Murder Case

    Jury selection started last week in Danbury Superior Court in the trial of John S. Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, whom the state has charged with murder, alleging that he killed his wife Elizabeth, 32, in 1984 and then hid her body beneath the floor of a barn on a property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, where the couple had lived. On Tuesday, July 16, Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray, who is the prosecutor, and attorney Francis O’Reilly, who is Mr Heath’s special public defender, selected two people to serve on the 12-member jury – a Bethel man and a Danbury woman. Judge Robin Pavia is the trial judge. On Wednesday, an additional three jurors reportedly were chosen, bringing the number of jurors to five.

  • Liberty At Newtown Residents Oppose Toll Brothers’ Zoning Proposals

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing a four-pronged application from a developer concerning some zoning modifications for a Hawleyville parcel, a proposal that has drawn strong opposition from residents living at an adjacent age-restricted condominium complex. The Liberty at Newtown residents’ objections largely focus on quality-of-life issues. About 50 residents from Liberty at Newtown, a 96-unit condo complex at 178 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6), attended a July 18 P&Z public hearing to lodge their objections to the four zoning proposals from Toll CT III Limited Partnership. The partnership represents Toll Brothers, a residential developer.

  • Tired Of Waiting For Feds, State Officials Propose Issuing Mental Health Parity Guidelines

    Frustrated by what they consider a lack of clarity from the federal government on how to enforce a landmark mental health parity act, some Connecticut officials want the state to issue its own guidance for interpreting the law. The federal government issued an interim regulation in 2010, two years after the law passed. It hasn’t yet produced a final rule.