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  • One Year Ago, Monroe Stepped Up To Help A Neighbor In Need

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed recently called the effort by the Town of Monroe to help Newtown following the events of 12/14 “complex and extremely important.” Within days of the shooting at Sandy Hook School, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra announced Monroe’s willingness to help by providing a new home for Sandy Hook School at its then-mothballed Chalk Hill Middle School. Mrs Llodra received personal support from longtime friend and Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek within hours of the shootings at Sandy Hook School. On December 16, 2012, Mr Vavrek and other elected officials offered Newtown the use of its then-mothballed Chalk Hill Elementary School.

  • When Connecticut’s Budget Realities Follow Tragedies

    State legislators sprang into action after the Newtown tragedy, allocating nearly $19 million for an array of initiatives on school safety, mental health and gun control. For the third time in six years lawmakers spoke decisively – and in bipartisan ...

  • Classes 4 Classes Expanding A ‘Social Curriculum’ Of Giving Back

    The overwhelming support that flowed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in so many varying forms after the events of 12/14 inspired then-teacher and Greenwich resident Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis to do something in return. Ms Roig-DeBellis is currently taking a leave of absence from teaching at the school, and is focusing for the time being on a nonprofit organization that hopes to reach each child in the country. The mission of Classes 4 Classes, for which Ms Roig-DeBellis is also serving as executive director, is to teach children that all lives "are not separate but rather completely connected, and that everyone has the power to take action and create positive change.” The website, according to the Classes 4 Classes mission, provides a platform to engage students “in learning a social curriculum, not by talking about kindness and empathy but by living it

  • Police Officer With PTSD Awaits Departure Talks

    A Newtown police officer who responded to the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School, and who has been off work since then due to subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), said that the town has not yet contacted him to negotiate the terms of his expected departure from the police department. Officer Thomas Bean, 38, who has been a police officer for the past 13 years, said December 5 that he has received no word on the matter from the town. Officer Bean has said that the intensity of the 12/14 incident had such an emotional effect on him that he no longer would be able to function as a police officer.

  • Interact Clubs Selling Trees For The Holidays

    Many families made their way to Reed School last weekend, to purchase a Christmas tree from members of the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs. The trees were cut recently from a local property and are being sold to fundraiser for the two clubs. The sale will continue December 14-15, weather permitting.

  • Gov Malloy Urging Drivers To Limit Travel On Saturday

    Residents hoping to purchase Christmas trees, do holiday shopping, run errands, attend 12/14 services, or anything away from their homes are being encouraged by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to get all of their work done as early as possible on Saturday. Gov Malloy urged residents on Friday, December 13, to avoid travel during the first significant snowstorm of the season. If weekend events are cancelled or postponed due to the weather, residents and organizers are urged to contact The Newtown Bee in order to share that news. Cancellations and postponements will be posted as soon as possible.

  • ‘Kids Share’ Their Writing And Art Through Book Workshop

    Children celebrating a book showcasing their creativity and writing efforts, along with parents and Kids Share Workshops and Publishing Inc (KSWP) coordinators and volunteers threw a pizza party on Friday, December 6. They had come together for a productiv...

  • Organizations Are Here For The Long Haul As Newtown Moves Forward

    “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” — Shel SilversteinSo much that shouldn’t, mustn’t have happened, did occur, last December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 small children and six educators. But out of a horror that could’ve, might’ve put Newtown into an angry, downward spiral of hate and despair, instead has come a powerful message to the world beyond our town’s borders: We Choose Love...

  • Police Reports | December 4-11, 2013

    Flagpole Bumps Oksana Sokolova, 28, of Derby received an infraction from local police November 30 for failing to drive a reasonable distance apart following a minor traffic collision November 30 around 10:42 am at the inters...

  • This Weekend: Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Many faith communities in Newtown are offering services and support for residents this weekend, to mark and honor the first anniversary of 12/14. The media is being asked to respect the privacy of those attending any of these services. Many houses of worship have posted signs on their grounds asking all media to stay back while residents, friends, and families gather to remember those who were killed at Sandy Hook School, and to reflect on the past year. “One of the challenges for us is that when the media is present, some of the people that are most vulnerable, who need the most support, won’t come,” the Reverend Matt Crebbin, senior pastor of Newtown Congregational Church, said. “We don’t want our people to feel and become isolated,” he added. It is important that those who have a need to be with others at this time feel comfortable leaving their homes, he continued.