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  • Reminder: School Board Candidates Forum Tuesday At ETH Theatre

    Newtown residents who want to learn first-hand what positions Board of Education candidates are taking on important issues related to the Newtown School District are invited to meet those individuals and hear their comments during a free forum being hosted by The Newtown Bee. The annual Candidate Forum is set for Tuesday evening, October 22, at the Edmond Town Hall Theater. A 7 pm meet-and-greet session will take place in the lobby, with the forum slated to run from 7:30 to 9 pm on the main stage. The event will be produced by The Bee with Editor Curtiss Clark again serving as moderator. Participants include Democratic candidates Laura Main and Michelle Embree Ku, and Republican candidates Debbie Leidlein, Kathryn Hamilton, Keith Alexander, and David Freedman.

  • Prosecutor Writing Report On 12/14

    The top state law enforcement official in the Danbury judicial district said Monday, October 21, that he has started writing a report based on the results of a police investigation into the shooting incidents of December 14, 2012, in Sandy Hook, in which 28 people died.State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III, told The Newtown Bee he is reviewing the content of the police probe and is now in the process of writing his report on it, which will be made public.Mr Sedensky declined to say when that report would be disclosed, other than to restate that it would occur “in the fall.”Earlier this year, many people anticipated that the report would have been disclosed by last June.Mr Sedensky declined to comment on a report published on October 18...

  • Making Way For A New Playscape

    Loud cracking sounds came from the corner of Funspace at Dickinson Park playground on Thursday, October 10. But the slides, swings, and wooden playscape were empty. The playground was silent except for popping noises and the hum of hydraulics. Jim Tani with the Parks and Recreation Department worked the jaws of a backhoe bucket, unearthing sunken beams and tearing apart wooden platforms on playground equipment that served the town for more than two decades, and will soon be replaced by new play features. Parks & Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks & Recreation Commission members in past months have said they wish to replace the existing playground with something just as unique: play features to incorporate nature, education, and an interactive experience for visitors to the park. A groundbreaking for the new playground has been scheduled for October 22, and Ms Mangold is looking forward to a late spring or early summer 2014 opening for the finished project.

  • DOT Night-Time Resurfacing Project Announced: I-84 Exit 11 Ramp, Monday Overnight

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced plans for a project that will resurface a 4,000-foot segment of the I-84 Exit 11 ramp. The project is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Monday, October 21, and continue until 5 am Tuesday, October 22. Motorists can expect lane closures on I-84, Exit 11, between Wasserman Way "and Bridge #02985 in Newtown,” according to the announcement. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone, which will cover the on- and off-ramps.

  • School Board Hears Enrollment Report

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented an enrollment report to the Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, October 16.Dr Reed said the report demonstrates that it is best to use its enrollment numbers rather than projected enrollment numbers when planning the next budget.“I think they will be more helpful, because they will reflect more of what is happening now,” said Dr Reed.Later the interim superintendent warned that it is important not to make assumptions based on the 2013-14 school year, due to the unique circumstances of the year.At the school board’s October 1 meeting, Dr Reed spoke briefly to prepare the school board for the then-future report. He said, when comparing actual enrollment to projections made by Hyung Chung of H.C. Planning Consultants of Orange in 2010, 73 percent of the difference could be accounted for by a decline in students at Sandy Hook School. He later pointed out the 73 percent difference between the projected number of students and the actual number of students is a matter of five children.“It is quite clear to me that the tragedy itself has had an impact on the people who live in town,” said Dr Reed at the...

  • Police Reports October 4 - 11, 2013

    Holster Found Police report that at about 12:15 am on October 14, a person found a black, molded leather, paddle-style holster in the Vining Road area. Such holsters are used to carry a pistol on a waist belt. Vining Road is...

  • Pumpkin Festival Sparkles At Fairfield Hills

    Hundreds of pumpkins’ carved faces came to life with inner lights as darkness fell Saturday, October 12. Glow sticks inside the hollowed pumpkins created an eerie twinkling across the Fairfield Hills grounds, making a magical scene of the first Newtown Pumpkin Festival....

  • Seniors Pack Forum On Revaluation, Tax Issues

    More than 100 local seniors and a handful of other residents concerned about escalating local property taxes and the role the latest town revaluation played in tax increases converged at Newtown High School Tuesday, October 15, for an informational forum hosted by the Board of Finance. First Selectman Pat Llodra, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, Finance Director Robert Tait, Assessor Chris Kelsey, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education were also on hand.

  • NYC Woman Sentenced For 12/14 Fundraising Scam

    HARTFORD – A New York City woman was sentenced in US District Court on Tuesday, October 15, to serve eight months in prison, with two years of probation to follow, on convictions for wire fraud and for making false statements in connection with a scam fundraising scheme that she created on the Internet stemming from the Sandy Hook School shooting incident last December.

  • Press Association Honors The Bee For Post-12/14 Coverage And Editorial

    The New England Newspaper & Press Association honored The Newtown Bee and its Editor Curtiss Clark at the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference October 10.The Bee was one of three weekly newspapers among NENPA’s more than 400 member publications recognized with a 2013 Publick Occurrences Award for the special edition that was published on December 17, 2012. That edition was devoted exclusively to coverage and reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy three days earlier. The editorial that appeared as part of that special section, entitled “Answering For Our Town,” also earned Editor Curtiss Clark the 2013 Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award, which recognizes the best editorial written on a local subject in New England.