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  • Newtowners Paid $12 Million More After Retroactive Tax Increase

    As Newtown struggled through its 2011 budget process, Board of Finance Vice Chair Joe Kearney was also watching closely as Governor Dannel P. Malloy rolled out a retroactive personal income tax increase in an effort to close an anticipated shortfall in state revenue projections.

  • FFH Proposals Include Memorial, Museum, Soccer Stadium, Medical Center

    New and developing plans for Fairfield Hills were aired on Monday, including a 12/14 memorial, a proposal for the campus redevelopment, a children’s museum, and a mental health resource center.John Norwell, representing the Newtown Alumni Association, which came into being after 12/14, told the authority, “We’ve dedicated our efforts toward a memorial.” His group feels that Fairfield Hills “is the ideal property for that.” He sought the members’ thoughts and feedback this week to a proposal that would include central work done by Newtown native Travis Fulton, now living in Colorado.

  • Cluster Housing Complex Proposed For Castle Hill

    A local development firm is seeking preliminary approvals for the construction of a cluster housing complex that would be the largest newly proposed residential project in more than a decade. According to documents filed with the town public works departme...

  • Playgrounds To Honor 12/14 Victims In Sandy Towns

    TRENTON, N.J. — The largest firefighters union in New Jersey is remembering the 26 victims of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Connecticut by building a playground to honor each one in a community recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

  • Hadassah Chapters Thank Volunteers At High Tea

    Like any party, it seemed no one wanted to be the first one to arrive. But when they did come, the town workers and volunteers who have spent hours dealing with the aftermath of 12/14 came in droves. The workers and volunteers were guests of the Greater Newtown-Danbury Chapter and Stamford Chapter of Hadassah, at a high tea given in their honor.

  • Parents Want Armed Security While Officials Wait For Recommendations

    Both residents and officials on hand to listen during a sparsely attended public budget hearing February 21 expressed significant concerns about future school security needs. While every member of the public who spoke requested the board find a way to add ...

  • Residents Sought For Service

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified residents to consider filling vacant seats on a number of local appointed boards. Current openings include: *The Hattertown Historic District, which has two alternate positions available, one to a any part...

  • Community Forum On Post-12/14 Recovery And Resilience, February 27 At WCSU

    The United Way of Western Connecticut is inviting the public to a community forum to discuss recovery and resilience in the aftermath of 12/14 on Wednesday, February 27. The forum will begin at 7 pm, at Western CT State University.

  • Applicants For Local Tax Credit Could Face New Asset Test

    Finance Board Vice Chairman Joe Kearney believes that most applicants under Newtown’s Senior and Disabled Tax Credit program will only request the nominal benefit if they qualify. But he is hoping the town will soon require applicants to sign an affidavit promising they are not holding assets that would otherwise be hidden from officials verifying income from candidates’ tax returns.

  • 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.