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  • School Board Approves 2013-14 Budget With Full-Day K

    The Board of Education unanimously approved its 2013-14 budget Tuesday, June 18, with adjustments recommended by Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to allow the implementation of full-day kindergarten. During its June 6 meeting, the school board di...

  • NEA Grant Will Allow NCAC To Hire Executive Director For HealingNewtown Project

    Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. First Selectman Pat Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio's "Colin McEnroe Show," and was then joined on Tuesday, June 18, by Governor Malloy and other politicians to formally announce the grant. The funds will allow HealingNewtown to hire an executive director. In addition, HealingNewtown's current director, Jennifer Johnston, announced that the arts project has found a new home.

  • Residents Needed To Fill Committee Vacancies

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified or interested residents to consider filling several vacant posts on municipal boards or commissions. There are appointed, not elected, positions.

  • 12/14 Death Certificates Released

    Following a lengthy legal battle, the town has provided copies of death certificates for the 28 people who died during the violent incidents of last December 14 in Sandy Hook. On June 18, applicants representing news organizations including The Hartford Courant and CNBC received certified copies of the death certificates at the town clerk’s office.

  • Money From DC To Build New Sandy Hook School A Long Shot

    Connecticut’s congressional delegation wants to find a way to obtain federal dollars to replace Sandy Hook Elementary School with a new facility, but that will be a tough task.The biggest obstacle to finding federal money for the construction of a new school, estimated to cost $40 million to $60 million, is Congress’ ban on earmarks, or special projects. Earmarks once allowed lawmakers to steer millions of dollars to pet projects, but no more.

  • Fourth GE Capital Exec Loaned To Support School District

    General Electric has provided a fourth loaned executive to the town, this time to provide added support to the school district and Board of Education. Joni Capoccitti, who has been with GE for 35 years, will serve as a project manager for the district, alleviating some of the 12/14 realted organizational and logistical duties taken on by district staff in addition to their regular responsibilities.

  • Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Receives $30,000 NEA Grant

    First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. Mrs Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio's "The Colin McEnroe Show."

  • Hearing Slated on Aquarion Water Rate Hike Proposal

    State public utility regulators have scheduled a public hearing for this week on the Aquarion Water Company’s proposal to increase its water rates across the next three years, which if approved, would result in an overall 22.7 percent water rate hike. Aquarion owns the public water supply which serves central Newtown, Sandy Hook Center, and the Mt Pleasant Road, Main Street, and South Main Street areas. The water supply system formerly was owned by United Water.

  • State Labor Board Dismisses Owner-Operators Complaint Against School District

    The State Board of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by Newtown’s owner-operators against the Board of Education. Carey Shierloh, a representative for the complainants and a former town owner-operator, said she and several other former drivers she spoke with were very disappointed by the decision. The complaint made to the State Board of Labor Relations by the owner-operators, individually contracted bus drivers responsible primarily for regular education routes in town and maintaining privately owned buses, alleges the Board of Education failed to bargain with the contractors prior to deciding whether to open the 2012–17 transportation contract for bids.

  • Interfaith Vigil Marks Six Month Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

    Representatives from nearly a dozen different local religious communities on the  evening of Friday, June 14, told a standing-room audience of about 400 people at the Newtown Congregational Church that spiritual healing is occurring, albeit sometimes slowly, among community members in the aftermath of the tragic events of December 14. The clergy members spoke to those gathered in the church sanctuary on the six-month anniversary of 12/14, commemorating the deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook School at the hands of a rampaging gunman. The service initially had been scheduled for an outdoor site at Fairfield Hills, but was relocated to the church at 14 West Street in view of possible inclement weather.