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  • Town Releases Third Q&A In Review Of SHS Building Project

    The Town of Newtown has released another “Question & Answer” document to review the next steps in the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project. The document is the third of a series, and the town also announced it will continue to provide updates throughout the rebuilding process. In May, the Sandy Hook School Task Force voted to recommend to the Newtown Board of Education that the current Sandy Hook School building be removed and a new elementary school be built on a modified version of the current site.

  • NSSF Sues State Over Gun Control

    A trade group representing the firearms industry filed a federal lawsuit Monday using legislative procedural grounds to attack the lawfulness of the Connecticut gun-control law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, accuses the General Assembly of bypassing normal legislative procedures in passing the emergency-certified bill.

  • With Eye On '14, Malloy Touts Energy Bills

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut. The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.

  • Arts Community Receives $137,000 From Cultural Alliance

    Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon. On behalf of the alliance, Ms Scails transferred the HealingNewtown Arts Support Fund money to The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). The charitable fund had been established by the alliance to support Newtown, specifically through the arts and in partnership with NCAC following 12/14.

  • 'McMansions,’ Over-55 Condos, Waterfront Homes Commanding Biggest Tax Increases

    With the latest round of property tax bills arriving at Newtown homes in recent days, some local property owners saw fireworks a little earlier than Independence Day. According to local officials, many taxpayers may be facing significant increases in their property taxes now that a new fiscal cycle has begun with its newly set 33.32 mill rate, up from 24.54. But some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate increases are falling on three types of homes according to Assessor Chris Kelsey: over-55 condos, waterfront parcels and residences, and high-value properties scattered across town.

  • Peace, Love & Sandy Hook

    It is Peace, Love & Sandy Hook as members of Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) prepare a celebration in honor of Sandy Hook Center, at the intersection of Church Hill and Glen Roads.

  • Governor Reminding State Residents To Be Cautious During Extreme Heat

    HARTFORD – With heat index temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the approaching holiday weekend, Governor Dannel P Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.

  • Public Forum Set For July 11 On Sandy Hook Fund Distributions

    A public forum will be held to receive input on the disbursement of the first release of funds from the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of $7.7 million. These funds are to be distributed to the families most impacted by the tragic school shooting on 12/14, identified first and foremost as those who lost a loved one, and additionally two wounded teachers and 12 children who escaped from the two classrooms the shooter targeted.

  • Big Time Rush Ticket Request Process Opens At Noon Friday, July 5

    Nickelodeon is bringing Big Time Rush to Newtown for a free concert Monday, July 22. Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Carlos Pena will be performing for a few thousand residents on the Fairfield Hills campus. The concert will begin at 7 pm, pre-designated parking shuttles will begin at 4 pm that day, and gates will open at 4:30 pm. Tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday, July 5 to Newtown residents only.

  • Firearms Ordinance Heads For Public Hearing, Possibly By Month's End

    Thirteen months ago, the Newtown Police Commission called for the Legislative Council to address a proliferation of complaints about private property shooting ranges and gun noise, mostly on weekends, sometimes extending from early mornings until well into the night. On Wednesday, July 10, the council's Ordinance Committee plans to move the overhauled ordinance to a public hearing. That hearing could happen as soon as the last week of July, although Ordinance Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee this week, that the hearing could end up happening the first week of August depending on the timing of public notices that must be issued.