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  • Selectmen Slated To Approve $67k In Salary, Wage, Benefit Bumps July 1

    The Board of Selectmen is due to take up several capital and wage related transfers Monday night, July 1 at one of two regular summer meetings planned before September. The two highest profile actions on the agenda are the transfers of $161,579 from the Capital budget line to Contingency. Then a combination of two transfers from contingency will provide wage and benefit bumps totaling $67,477. Negotiated wage and benefit increases for union employees of the Public Works Dept will require a total of $38,670, while 14 workers in various municipal offices will draw their wage and benefit increases from $28,807 proposed for transfer. According to documentation from the town Finance Office, the highest single salary and benefit increase, $4,226, is going to a nonunion staffer in the Public Works Dept.

  • Moving Communities Forward Is The Goal For Facilitator

    It takes stamina, experience, and a belief in one’s self and others to turn chaos into transformation. Standing in front of The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force the evening of April 5, Richard Harwood looked into the eyes of the task force members, most of whom he was meeting for the first time. The founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, in Bethesda, Md., tried to assess where those members, the additional members of the technical team, and members of the public in attendance were in the difficult process of determining the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Maine Man Proposes Large-Scale Horse Facility In Town

    Imagine an Old Sturbridge Village-like complex complete with a farrier/blacksmith shop, general store with a potbelly stove, farm animals, and several horse barn structures for riding lessons and performances … right here in Newtown. George Mason is...

  • A Fine Send-Off For Library Director

    Dozens of people gathered at a special reception, Friday afternoon, June 26, to honor departing C.H. Booth Library director Janet Woycik. Hosted by the library Board of Directors, guests included many who have rubbed shoulders with Ms Woycik over the years, including staff, former staff, and town officials. All were there to celebrate Ms Woycik’s three decades plus of dedication, and to send her off knowing how much she was appreciated.

  • 12/14 And Related Issues Presented Bolinsky With An Atypical Freshman Term

    Shortly after he took his oath of office to represent Newtown in Connecticut's 116th District, Mitch Bolinsky came to The Newtown Bee with a stack of proposals, and to talk about what he hoped to accomplish in his freshman term. He returned to the newspaper a few days after the close of that historic session armed with a different set of documents. As he headed into his first few weeks at the Capital, Rep Bolinsky said he had "come out of the box with 16 or 17 bills. Most were based on constituent requests or issues that were Newtown centric," he said. "Nine wound up tabled, which is pretty typical." But Rep Bolinsky also saw about 35 percent of his proposals move forward, albeit as borrowed elements of larger mental health and privacy legislation. In that respect, Rep Bolinsky admitted, "As a newcomer, that may be unprecedented."

  • Fallen Educators Memorial Groundbreaking Included Former School Board Member

    Just north of a 150-year-old schoolhouse in Emporia, Kan., ground was broken earlier this month for the first monument in the United States dedicated to teachers who have died while protecting students. Within its first carving, The Memorial To Fallen Educators will include Rachel D’Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Marie Sherlach, and Victoria Soto, the names of the six women gunned down at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. A former Newtown resident and Board of Education member, Dr Gerard Brooker was invited to participate in the groundbreaking event on June 13. He also spoke during the annual Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony the following evening. Dr Brooker was inducted into the Teachers Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • ‘Time For A Period Of Rest’

    First Selectman Pat Llodra’s latest post at OneNewtown.org indicates it is time for all residents to move “into a quiet period of rest, recuperation and healing.” On Thursday, June 27, Mrs Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks and months following 12/14, the town has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar.

  • Police Reports June 17 - 25, 2013

    DUI Incident Police report that at about 10:30 pm on June 18, they spotted motorist Nomia Durrani, 31, of Easton driving on Wasserman Way, near Trades Lane. Durrani was not keeping to the right and ma...

  • Fire Reports June 17 - 23, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, June 20: 12:22 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 55 Dodgingtown Roa...

  • High School Students Invited To Help In Oklahoma In July

    Newtown High School students are invited to join a mission trip to support the clean-up effort in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma from July 21-26.  Airfare, ground transportation in Oklahoma and accommodations will be fully paid for by Ben’s Lighthouse. The trip is open to any person who is entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade or who just graduated from high school this spring. A mandatory meeting for all high school youth interested in attending, and their parents or guardians, will be held Saturday, June 29, at 7 pm, at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street.