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  • Town Budget Passes, School Proposal Fails By 52 Votes

    The Legislative Council will be returning to deliberate once again, although this time their task will be singularly focused after the school district budget proposal failed by just 52 votes at referendum May 14. The town side request passed by 246. Council Chairman Jeff Capeci said that the number of voters who responded to the corresponding budget question signaled they wanted to see additional reductions. "It's clear the (request) has to go down, but the vote was much closer today than the first time around," he told The Bee just after the final unofficial numbers were announced by the moderator.

  • Budget Turnout Up Slightly In Morning Voting

    At noon today, local registrars reported budget voting turnout was slightly higher than at the same time during the first referendum April 23. According to poll officials 1,387 ballots were logged by noon, eight more than at the same time two weeks ago, during the first round of voting on April 23. Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia said absentee voting for this referendum was slightly higher than in April, with 105 ballots issued, and 101 returned as of 9 am today. Voting for the second round budget referendum is today at Newtown Middle School. Qualified residents are invited to cast ballots on separate town and school requests until 8 pm this evening.

  • Newtown’s Turn To Host: Next HRRA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Is Saturday

    Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 18, for residents of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield. Residents of these towns can drop off items that ...

  • Gov Malloy Directs Flags To Half-Staff In Recognition Of Peace Officers Memorial Day

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has directed the US and Connecticut flags to half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week. Flags are to fly at half-staff until sunset Wednesday.

  • Bronx Woman Charged With Fraud, Pleads Not Guilty In Post-12/14 Scam

    New York City prosecutors say a woman has been charged with fraud for posing as the aunt of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim and soliciting donations. The Associated Press is reporting that Nouel Alba was indicted May 14 on identity theft and fraud charges in the Bronx. Prosecutors say she pretended to be the aunt of a 6-year old killed on 12/14.

  • At Last Check, Voter Turnout Beginning To Mirror First Budget Referendum

    Local registrars reported budget voting turnout continued at virtually the same pace as the referendum that took place two weeks ago. According to poll officials 3,487 ballots were logged by 6 pm May 14, 66 more than at the same time on April 23. Residents are being asked to vote on a Legislative Council-endorsed second round budget request with a combined $900,000 reduction, making the new school district request $71,345,304 and the municipal request $38,904,521. The municipal side of the budget includes all previously committed debt service costs for all town and school capital projects equaling $10,058,924.

  • Boston Mayor Thanks Newtown For Banner Of Support

    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a heartfelt letter of thanks to Newtown for a banner of support that was recently sent to the city signed by dozens of Newtown officials, responders, town workers and residents. The banner, which was sent to Boston shortly after the marathon bombing on April 15, offered a symbol of solidarity between two New England locations rocked by violence in the past months...

  • Kitten Associates Announces The Passing Of A Healing Feline

    Kitten Associates, a home foster-based cat rescue group located in Sandy Hook, announced this week that one of the kittens who helped heal residents following 12/14 through its established “Kitties For Kids” program, has passed away. Fred, an orange tabby and white domestic short-haired 10-month old kitten, was the star of the Kitties for Kids program, according to Kitten Associates, and he died due to complications stemming from a fatal illness called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).

  • State Voting Changes Go To Referendum In 2014

    The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday night to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November 2014 that could open the door to early voting in Connecticut in time for the 2016 presidential election. If approved by voters, the General Assembly would have the flexibility to consider a number of election changes that are now precluded by Connecticut’s unusual constitutional restrictions on the use of absentee ballots. The 22-14 vote was the last legislative step in a process that required the House and Senate to approve a constitutional referendum question twice in consecutive years in order for voters to now have their say. “Today marks a historic and significant step forward for modernizing elections in Connecticut so we can finally enact early voting in our state,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said.

  • The Sandy Hook Christmas Tree Will Remain Standing

    The Sandy Hook Christmas tree will remain standing, following an eight-person unanimous vote by the executive board of The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Thursday night. The board of the NFA, which owns the property where the tree grows, met May 9, and “reaffirmed a tentative decision” made in prior weeks to keep the tree up for an undetermined amount of time, said NFA President Robert Eckenrode. The evergreen decorated annually for the holidays is outgrowing its spot on The Glen — a small NFA property at the intersection of Church Hill Road, Glen Road, and Washington Avenue.