“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier. It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, October 31: 10:25 am, motor vehicle accident, near 85 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook r...
DUI Charge Police said that on the evening of October 27, they responded to a report that a motorist was driving erratically on Berkshire Road, so they went to the area to seek the driver. Police said...
John Voket, Kendra Bobowick & Andrew Gorosko
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
An absence of competition for numerous elected positions including First Selectman, the Board of Selectmen, the finance board, the Police Commission and a two-year post on the Board of Education may have contributed to a lower than normal turnout in local voting at Newtown's four precincts today. According to local registrars, a total of 4,438 voters cast ballots today across Newtown, down from 5,225 total votes cast in 2011.
DANBURY – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. has named a panel of volunteers to serve on a distribution committee to examine unmet needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. The distribution committee will make recommendations to the foundation board of directors regarding the release of funds from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Close to $4 million is available to help with short-term and long-term needs. An additional $7.7 million was previously distributed to the families most impacted by the tragedy.The committee, made up entirely of Newtown and Sandy Hook residents, includes...
A new mural with the name of Newtown's veterans who have served in the Armed Forces will be formally unveiled on Saturday, November 9, at Newtown Municipal Center. Local artist David Merrill has been working on the project for over a year. Following the unveiling, light refreshments will be served at nearby VFW Post 308.
“It’s up,” said Laurie McCollum, who has been working for months to coordinate a new veteran’s mural by artist David Merrill. And, “it’s amazing,” she said. The mural is now covered and hanging in the Newtown Municipal Center, awaiting its unveiling at a small ceremony on November 9 at 11 am.
Since April 2012 Mr Merrill has designed and painted the mural, which contains the names of Newtown’s men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since 1971. An earlier remembrance for those who served prior to 1971 is in Edmond Town Hall. Looking forward to the unveiling and the culmination of much hard work, she said, “I can’t believe it’s almost over. We have put so much into this.”
NEW BRITAIN — Through an appeal filed October 30 in New Britain Superior Court, the Danbury state’s attorney is seeking to keep secret the recordings of the Emergency 911 calls that were made from Sandy Hook School to the Newtown Police Department on December 14, 2012, when 27 people died in a school shooting incident.
In the legal papers, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III seeks to have the court overturn the state Freedom of Information Commission’s (FOIC) September decision to have the Town of Newtown release to the Associated Press (AP) the 911 calls that the AP had requested under the terms of the FOI Act, but did not receive from the town.
The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfield County, along with Westchester County in southeast New York, eastern Bergen County in northeast New Jersey, and Rockland County in southeast New York. The warning is in effect until 10:30 am.
Dayton Street, a 1,400-foot-long residential dead-end road extending northward from Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center, offers an impressive view of the Pootatuck River.However, motorists who happen to drive on the street during the next several days should take care because the road currently has no protective barriers along its eastern edge, which is adjacent to a steep slope leading down to the river.