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  • Newtown Lap Planned At Relay For Life Of Bethel

    Newtown’s neighbors to the west will be holding a special Newtown Lap during their Relay For Life event this weekend. Relay for Life of Bethel, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, at Bethel High School, will honor Newtown cancer survivors, patients and caregivers with a special lap at 5 pm Saturday. Bethel’s Relay will have its Opening Ceremony at 4 pm (including the Survivors Lap at 4:20), Luminaria Ceremony at 9 pm, and Fight Back Ceremony at 11 pm. Registration is not required for those who would like to participate in the Newtown Lap, said American Cancer Society representative Rob Gerowe.

  • The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From June 7

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated June 7, 2013. The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee. Tune in weekly.

  • Police Reports May 24 - June 4

    Botsford Bridge Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housaton...

  • Fire Reports May 30 - June 5, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgi...

  • New York City Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud in 12/14 Scam

    BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.Nouel Alba, 37, of The Bronx, pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel, according to a June 6 joint statement from Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the FBI.Alba pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, and also to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. Alba is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford on August 29. She has been free on $50,000 bail since her arrest last December 27.

  • $362K Transfers Cover Emergency Repairs, Storm Cleanup Shortfall, Wear And Tear

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs. Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.

  • On The Last Day, Lawmakers Deliver A Final Gesture To The Families Of Newtown

    The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them. In the first hours of the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.

  • Bolinsky, Llodra Praise 12/14-Inspired Privacy Legislation

    Newtown State Rep Mitch Bolinsky and First Selectman Pat Llodra were among officials to issue responses upon the passage of Senate Bill 1149, An Act Making Technical Changes to the Statutes Concerning Public Records. The new law will impose protections and limitations regarding the release of certain crime scene evidence from the Sandy Hook School shootings on 12/14 and homicide investigations statewide.According to a Connecticut Mirror report, in the first hours of June 5, the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.The Senate passed the bill, 33 to 2. The House quickly followed with a vote of 130 to 2.

  • Llodra: Town Will Receive $50M Bond For SHS Replacement

    First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since the tragic shootings of 12/14. She said the town was in line to receive funding “not to exceed $50 million.” “This is not a typical school construction bond but a special bonding provision,” she told The Bee. “And while the proposal is for $50 million, we will try to not have to use all those resources.”

  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases, tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.The House and Senate adopted a series of technical changes Monday with broad bipartisan support.The changes:Allow people who purchased assault weapons on large-capacity magazines on April 4 – the day the governor signed the gun control measure – to register and lawfully possess them.Allow sworn and duly certified state and local police officers...