• Task Force 'Tech Team' Reveals Details Of School Site Selection

    Long before a massive task force of 38 elected officials unanimously decided to raze and rebuild Sandy Hook School roughly on the site of the existing facility, a "tech team" consisting of town officials and volunteer professionals fanned out across Newtown reviewing 40 possible sites under consideration for the new school.

  • New Emergency Medical Service Center Could Soon Break Ground

    A six-bay, 14,500-square foot ambulance garage is a step closer to construction at Fairfield Hills. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVA) Board of Trustees on June 12 voted unanimously to move forward with an estimated $4.5 million new emergency medical service facility on the corner of Wasserman Way and Mile Hill South across from Reed Intermediate School. The NVA’s “commitment to the needs of the community, and the desire to serve those needs,” includes the investment of $3.2 million in board-designated reserve funds. Soon a fundraising campaign will begin.

  • Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Collection Reminder

    Residents of Newtown and anyone in the vicinity are reminded that Sandy Hook native John DiCostanzo, and a few friends, will be returning to Oklahoma for the second time since the fatal EF5 tornado of May 20. The Newtown Bee has a collection box in its front office on Church Hill Road, and will continue to accept donations until 1 pm Friday. Everything will be given to Mr DiCostanzo for his trip west. The former Sandy Hook resident is hoping to fill his trailer with items that will allow homeowners to continue cleaning and clearing their property, play therapy items for libraries, and even musical instruments and uniforms for high school students. Cash donations are also accepted, and donors are asked to include a note so that Mr DiCostanzo knows what to do with funds.

  • Biden Says White House Won’t Quit On Gun Control

    WASHINGTON – Gun control remains stalemated in Congress, but Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s optimistic a bill that would expand background checks of gun buyers will become law. “The president and I – our team – have not given up,” Biden said during an event at the White House. The Senate in April was four votes short on a bill that would expand FBI background checks, and there’s been no movement on the gun control issue since.

  • 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.