• Children Leave Schools After 'Modified Lockdown'; Phone Call Threat Received

    The office of the Superintendent of Schools has confirmed that Newtown schools were placed in "modified lockdown" this afternoon. They did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.At 2:05 pm a phone call was received at Hawley School issuing an "unspecified" threat, according to the superintendent's office. By 3 pm, school buses were authorized to take children home even though Superintendent of Schools had not formally lifted the modified lockdown order.The Newtown police were not immediately available to comment on the report, although they did respond immediately to Hawley School.The superintendent's office has sent the following email to parents:

  • Police Probe Threat Of Violence Against Hawley School Occupants

    Newtown police are working with federal law officials to find out who telephoned a threat in to Hawley School on Monday, an incident which triggered a police response and a “modified lockdown” for the Church Hill Road elementary school, plus the six other public schools and three private schools in town. No students or faculty were injured in the incident, Chief Kehoe said.

  • Assured Of Its Passage, Newtown Delegation Votes No On $2B Bonding Measure

    All four members of Newtown's legislative delegation - Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, along with Reps Mitch Bolinsky, DebraLee Hovey and Dan Carter - knew from day one of this year's session, that the community would be "made whole" post 12/14 with state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. So when it was clear the Democratic majority would handily pass a massive bonding measure the four lawmakers say contained $750 million in cash for "operating expenses" alongside a $50 million allocation for a new school, all four of Newtown's delegation felt justified voting against the overall bonding measure.

  • Newtown’s GE Support Team Updates Selectmen On Progress

    From establishing a municipal recovery portal to providing local ticket distribution logistics for special Yankee and Red Sox games dedicated to Newtown, a trio of loaned executives from GE Capital took on a slew of assignments too intensive for local officials to appropriately handle with skill and efficiency. Arriving in early March to help with added post-12/14 responsibilities, Anne Alzapiedi, Newtown resident Tom Kelleher, and Elizabeth Rallo updated the Board of Selectmen June 3 on how they individually and collectively accomplished a variety of tasks and assignments during their first three months in town.

  • Special Olympics Torch Run Cancelled

    Due to today’s inclement weather, the local leg of the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run has been cancelled. State police will still gather tonight for a final lap at Southern Connecticut State University for Opening Ceremonies for this year's SOCT Summer Games.

  • Superintendent Asked To Prepare Budget Plan That Includes FDK

    The Board of Education has directed Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to develop an example of what the 2013-14 school budget would look like with the inclusion of full-day kindergarten, and report back to the school board before either its June 18 or July 16 meetings.Following the school district’s proposed 2013-14 budget winning approval in a referendum on Tuesday, June 4, Dr Reed told The Bee he was looking at as much as a half-million dollar shortfall, which would have to be found somewhere in the approved $71,045,304 request in order to consider implementing full-day kindergarten in September.Dr Reed told the school board at its meeting on Thursday, June 6, that to consider implementing full-day kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year, would mean not including any of the proposed new positions in the budget, with the exception of security positions and those associated with full-day kindergarten...

  • 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 Dog Baro Retires; New Dog Sought

    Town police said this week that Baro, their nearly 10-year-old German shepherd, has been retired from law enforcement service due to health concerns. After examination and consultation with veterinarians at Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS), Newtown Police on June 5 announced the canine's retirement, effective immediately. Baro will now live with his handler, Officer Felicia Figol, and the department will continue researching for a new police K-9.

  • 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.