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  • A Newtown Contingent Joins NYC’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

    A contingent from Newtown filled four charter buses and headed to New York City Saturday morning for the 252nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard, along with members of Hawleyville and Sandy Hook Fire companies, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue, and a few teachers participated in the parade to represent. When the group arrived in Manhattan it was cloudy and a light snow was falling. By the time they began marching the snow was falling steadily.

  • Among First On Scene 12/14, Wellmore Staff Continues To Comfort Those Affected

    Behavioral health experts from Wellmore, a mental healthy agency based in Waterbury, were the first counselors to response to Sandy Hook, following the 12/14 shootings at the elementary school. In the three months since, the need has continued and evolved. The Wellmore professionals say they will continue to be available as long as the people of Newtown need them.

  • Sandy Hook Panel Urges Broader Gun Controls

    The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.The independent panel appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the shooting deaths of 26 children and women at Sandy Hook Elementary eschewed references to “assault weapons” and urged a ban on the possession of any firearm capable of firing more than 10 rounds without reloading. In an implicit rebuke to previous assault weapon bans and current negotiations that focus on military features, the commission said those bills forced cosmetic changes to firearms without reducing their “lethality,” which the panel closely links to high-capacity magazines.

  • Biologist Confirms Fisher Cat Sighting

    She saw the small, dark brown creature again, and this time got a picture. Laurie Borst captured digital images in mid-March of a narrow dark-bodied animal with a long, bushy tail walking through her yard. “I know my nature,” she said.  &l...

  • Local Realtors Seek Input From Residents

    Dan Carter asks realtors to present residents' housing and other concerns at April 10 Realtors at the Capitol.

  • Diverse Goals For Lobby Days In Hartford

    Monday, March 11, was a day for firearms manufacturers and gun owners to have discussions with and educate state legislators on gun law legislation currently being negotiated, said Jake McGuigan, director of government relations and state affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), headquartered in Newtown.

  • Police Reports | February 8-March 12, 2013

    Pickup Vs Sedan A two-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Huntingtown Road on snow-covered pavement at about 9 am on February 8, police said. Motorist Joseph Cappe...

  • Great Newtown Reunion Hosts Seeking Sponsors

    The excitement bubbling among three organizers of this summer’s Great Newtown Reunion was palpable before they even reached the front room of the Dana Holcomb House March 12. Wendy Lee Hewitt, who graduated Newtown High School in 1974, Sharon Dest Pacenka .representing the Class of ’77. and classmate Una Lucey settled into comfy armchairs for a chat with The Bee, eager to get the word out about the planned communitywide celebration set for July 27. They are looking for sponsors to help keep the ticket price affordable.

  • Land Trust Pursuing Purchase Of Castle Hill Open Space

    The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private, nonprofit land trust, is spearheading a fundraising drive to buy 136 acres off Castle Hill Road, near Taunton Lake, to preserve that property as open space land. The NFA drive to buy the land is in competition with a local development firm’s proposal to purchase the land for the construction of up to 136 single-family houses in a cluster-style residential complex.

  • Pie In Your Eye (And Face, And Hair) For MDA

    Customers of Friendly Citgo on South Main Street have a once-a-year opportunity today: The chance to throw a pie into store manager Carol Lafreniere’s face. Ms Lafreniere has organized another fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Whipped cream pies are j...