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  • Police View 12/14 Investigation Leaks As ‘Hurtful,’ ‘Inaccurate’

    During a February 9 panel discussion at the annual winter convention of the New England Newspaper & Press Association in Boston, State Police Lt J Paul Vance told about 100 journalists, editors and publishers attending a panel on school shootings that the only official and accurate statements regarding the tragic events of 12/14 and the continuing investigation will come from him.Just nine days later, Lt Vance was criticizing several news organizations that either printed or broadcast reports incorporating specific details about the investigation and suggesting possible motives for the mass shooting, without attributing their information.

  • Arcade SHAC Open At Sand Hill Plaza

    Flashing lights and whirring machines flooded the arcade room. Children and adults maneuvered controls translating moves to onscreen race cars and motorcycles Saturday, February 16 during the grand opening of Newtown’s new Sandy Hook Arcade Center (SHAC) — that has sprung up in record time in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street.

  • Obama Honors Fallen Newtown Educators, Staff With Medals

    President Obama presented the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to the six adult Sandy Hook Elementary School personnel who lost their lives in the 12/14 attack on the school. The medals were presented to surviving family members in ceremonies at the White House on February 15.

  • Memorial Plaque From Red Lake Presented To The School Board

    Newtown Middle School Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore brought a memorial plaque with him to the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 6. “It is a privilege to be here this evening,” said Dr Salvatore before the board, “to present to the Newtown Board of Education and the Newtown community this gift from our brothers and sisters in Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota. I hope I can convey to you the spirit of love which was brought to Newtown on December 20, 2012.”

  • Weekend Blizzard Was One For The Books

    Blizzard Nemo is one for the record books. Seven of Connecticut’s eight counties reported record-breaking levels of snow, said Governor Dannel P. Malloy during an evening press conference at the state armory on Saturday, February 9. Preliminary maximum snowfall and wind gusts for Fairfield County were announced as 35 inches and 82 miles per hour, respectively, as of 12:45 pm Saturday. The lightest snowfall average was in Litchfield County, with 23 inches; the highest snowfall average was in New Haven County, with 38 inches of snow. Fairfield County’s maximum wind gust was the highest of those reported; a 43 mph gust in Hartford was the lowest registered at that hour.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Starts Its Work

    At its initial meeting on Thursday, January 24, Governor Dannel P. Malloy told the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission that the panel is “important and historic.” The governor said that the commission’s work in reviewing the tragic December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School is intended to make children and the state itself a safer place. The governor recently appointed the 16-member advisory panel of experts and legislators to study and make recommendations on how school safety can be improved, how mental health services can be enhanced, and how gun violence can be controlled.

  • Local Residents March On Washington For Gun Control

    In the biting cold of 4 am, with a nearly full moon still high in the dark January 26 sky, 52 residents of Newtown, Sandy Hook, and area towns filed onto a bus parked at the Routes 25/111 commuter lot in Trumbull. Bearing posters with slogans like “One gun death = too many! 10,000 = national disgrace,” “Don’t Fund Your Retirement with Blood Profits!” and “Newtown Demands Action! We Choose Love,” carrying pillows, blankets, and thermoses full of hot coffee, the riders were headed to the March on Washington for Gun Control.

  • Intense Storm Leaves Many Without Power

    A high-intensity storm bearing strong winds and heavy rains blasted through town early Thursday morning, bringing down power lines in scattered locations, creating electrical outages. As of 11 am on Thursday, 1,280 customers, or 11 percent, of the Connecti...

  • Hartford Comes To Newtown For Hearing On Gun Violence Prevention

    Drizzle fell on a line of residents Wednesday, some waiting nearly an hour to attend or speak at a public hearing of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. As cars streamed into the Newtown High School lot, residents Jan Neuberger and her husband Bob Carter touted signs demanding safer gun laws. It turned out that the couple’s sentiment would be shared by a majority of speakers who plaintively and forcefully demanded that lawmakers craft and deliver common sense gun control measures, programs to better identify and help individuals with potential mental health issues, and ways to prevent individuals prone to violence access to the most destructive military-grade weaponry that wreaked so much destruction at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. The school’s auditorium began filling up during the 90-minute sign-up period as task force members from throughout the state — including Representatives DebraLee Hovey (R-112), Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), and Dan Carter of Bethel (R-2) — seated themselves onstage.

  • Board Reviews Selectmen’s Proposed $38.5 Million Budget

    Selectmen Monday night quickly approved the general government’s roughly $4 million portion of the overall first selectman’s proposed $38.5 million 2013-14 budget. They will review other portions of the overall proposal continuing next week. The municipal spending plan, which does not include the $73,042,343 Board of Education proposal, is a 1.9 percent increase — $731,155 — over the 2012-13 budget. The complete proposed budget summary and budget details can be viewed on the town’s website at Newtown-ct.gov. “We tried to be very, very conservative in our requests,” First Selectman Pat Llodra said Tuesday. She noted the “difficulties of the economy and circumstances the town finds itself in now,” but she has to find a balance to support “the stability and growth of our community.”