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  • Lions Support WIN; Help From Residents Still Sought For Thanksgiving Baskets

    Newtown Lions Club member Dick Kovacs recently presented a check to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) President Colette Ercole and Vice President Audrey Locorotondo to support the local group’s efforts. WIN benefits Newtown all year round; the club’s November program, “Thanksgiving Baskets,” is a townwide event involving Newtown’s Department of Social Services, Girl Scouts, various churches and businesses, and individuals. The benefits go well beyond Thanksgiving Day. Social Services provides WIN with a list of families in need, and the program provides food not only for their Thanksgiving meal, but also for an entire month.

  • 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.

  • Library Gets An Acting Director

    The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library was delayed Tuesday evening, November 12, when a malfunctioning boiler set off fire alarms, evacuating the barely seated board members, staff, and patrons into the cold night. Hook & Ladder Fire Company, responding to the alarm, swept the building, gave it the okay, and within 20 minutes, everyone was back in the building and back to business. The business of the evening for the Board of Trustees focused primarily on the report from the search process committee and fundraising efforts, with an executive session at the end of the evening resulting in current Assistant Library Director Beryl Harrison being named “acting director.”

  • Armed Forces Mural Unveiled; VFW Seeking Additions, Corrections

    About 60 people, many current or former armed service members, turned out Saturday morning for a brief unveiling ceremony of a memorial mural created for the Newtown Municipal Center by local artist David Merrill honoring all residents who have served since 1971. The new work, which has been in process since April 2012, is a companion piece to a mural Mr Merrill created at Edmond Town Hall honoring all Newtown’s vets who served prior to 1971. The artist was feted by a number of guests at the November 9 event..

  • Sandy Hook Promise Launches ‘Parent Together’

    Sandy Hook Promise has announced the launch of Parent Together, a national grassroots campaign to educate and empower parents to prevent gun violence in their communities. Emphasizing mental wellness, connection to community and gun safety, the campaign will bring parents together around their common love for all children to help prevent not just the next Sandy Hook tragedy, but also thousands of other acts of gun violence every year.The campaign launches November 14, one month before the one-year mark of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, in an effort to ensure that Sandy Hook is remembered as a place where real and lasting transformation began. Sandy Hook Promise will begin to roll out proven tools and programs for parents to implement in their communities that focus on mental wellness, community connectedness, and gun safety.

  • Union Pushes For Talks On Disabled Cop’s Departure

    A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer. Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter. In an August 9 letter to Officer Bean, Police Chief Michael Kehoe wrote, in part, that under the terms of the police department’s rules and regulations, termination of his employment is warranted and would be recommended to the Police Commission.

  • Danbury Hall Cleared For Demolition By State Historic Commission, EPA

    State and federal agencies involved with clearing Danbury Hall and a set of former staff residences at Fairfield Hills for demolition have both provided the necessary documentation for the town to move forward with the project. Now the only thing standing between the buildings and the wrecking ball is a remediation plan being prepared by a town contractor, which is expected to be delivered within the next week or two. First Selectman Pat Llodra said a letter received from Daniel T. Forrest, a State Historic Preservation officer, recommends that the Environmental Protection Agency develop a Memorandum of Agreement, in effect authorizing the demolition using grant funds from that federal agency to complete the work.

  • Police News November 1 - 9

    Five Charges Police report that at about 4:30 pm on November 6, they stopped motorist William Falbo, 29, of 13 Bishop Circle near the intersection of Pole Bridge Road and Jeremiah Road for having been speeding on Berkshire R...

  • Fire Calls November 7 - 14, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, November 7: 1:38 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84...

  • Judge Seeks To Hear 911 Calls From 12/14 Before Ruling

    NEW BRITAIN – A Connecticut judge said November 8 that he wants to hear the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting before ruling whether they can remain secret as a state prosecutor and the town of Newtown fight an order to release them. The state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but a prosecutor asked for a stay while he appeals that order.