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  • Parent Together: A Promise For The Future

    Parent. It is a noun, and it is a verb, pointed out Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) Communications Director Nicole Hockley and Advocacy Director Mark Barden, and it is the action form of that verb that is the thrust of the new SHP program, Parent Together. The initiative was rolled out Thursday, November 14, exactly eleven months after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Both Ms Hockley and Mr Barden lost children, Dylan and Daniel, on 12/14. “It is about working together with other parents, and thinking about parenting as not just about your child, but about all children,” said Ms Hockley.

  • School Board Hears Financial Report

    When delivering his monthly financial report, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski recommended the Board of Education approve an emergency replacement for a district truck during the board’s November 19, meeting. Mr Bienkowski explained the school district has eight vehicles, and five of those are overdue for replacement. According to Mr Bienkowski, the average age of the fleet is nine years old. He asked the school board for permission to replace one of those vehicles for approximately $30,000...

  • Police Reports | November 8-18, 2013

    Truck Hits Tree Police report that truck driver Tyler Fairchild 25, of Northfield was driving an International 4300 box truck northeastward on Pond Brook Road, near Lake George Road, about 12:48 pm on November 13, when he sl...

  • Fire Reports, November 14 - 20, 2013

  • Fire Reports, November 14 - 20, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:    Thursday, November 14: 3:27 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 182 Berks...

  • ASPCA Honors Catherine Hubbard As Animal Sanctuary Plans Take Shape

    Jenny and Matthew Hubbard and their son Freddy are traveling to New York City Thursday, November 21, to accept the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award, presented in memoriam to their daughter Catherine Violet Hubbard, who died 12/14 at the Sandy Hook School.

  • CABE Report Highlights Community Preferences For A Superintendent

    Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Search Services presented a “Superintendent Leadership Profile Report” to the Board of Education, Tuesday, November 19. The report highlights findings from more than 20 focus group meetings and interviews held between September 20 and November 7, according to the report, and reflect “key characteristics and qualities desired in the new superintendent” shared by participants. Jacqueline Jacoby and Mary Broderick attended the meeting, while fellow CABE Search Services team member George Goens was unavailable to attend. “The profile will be used to review...

  • School Board Thanks Departing Members

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein used some of her board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to thank and honor two departing members. The night marked the last meeting for members Richard Gaines and William Hart. Kathy Hamilton and Michelle Embree Ku, who were elected earlier this month, will take their seats on the board in December. “I would like to take a moment to recognize two very distinguished members of our board who are departing,” said Ms Leidlein...

  • NHS To Try A ‘Morning Traffic Experiment’

    In a post to the high school blog on November 19, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais announced a Morning Traffic Experiment.“Morning traffic at Newtown High School is replete with challenges — parents dropping off students, student drivers, buses, commuters accessing I-84, two traffic lights, and a traffic control officer who tries to coordinate it all. It has been suggested that, even with all of the challenges, traffic conditions might be smoother without a traffic control officer directing the flow of traffic on Route 34 at the high school entrance,” Mr Dumais wrote.

  • Triathlon Program For Kids Will Keep Young Athlete’s Spirit Alive

    Chase Kowalski loved to run, bike and swim. Most of all he loved to race. The summer before he was killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with 19 other students and six staff members, the 7-year-old competed in his first triathlon. Wearing swim shoes and riding his red Lightning McQueen bicycle inspired by the speedy character from the movie Cars, Chase competed in a 20-yard swim, a half-mile ride and a third-of-a-mile run. He finished first in his age group. Now Chase’s family has started a foundation in his memory that will help other children experience the thrill of the race. The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund is teaming with the Greater Waterbury YMCA to support that organization’s existing triathlon program for kids, and work to spread the program across the country.