Rain And More Rain Changes Duck Race Plans

Published: May 25, 2013 at 12:00 am
Days of rain and a swollen, rushing river on May 25 changed traditional plans for the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race. Rather than floating plastic ducks along the Pootatuck River and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, event chai...

Duck Race Change Of Plans: No Race, Raffle Drawing At 2:30

Published: May 25, 2013 at 12:00 am
Less than 24 hours after telling The Newtown Bee that the 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race would go on, rain or shine, event chair Bob Schmidt has announced that the weather has changed the day's plans after all. There are no exhibits or vendors at the park at 5 Glen Road in Sandy Hook...

Superintendent Reed Begins Budget Advocacy Campaign With Video Message

Published: May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
Less than 12 hours after the Legislative Council acted to reduce the school district's budget request by another $300,000, Acting Superintendent John Reed was recording a two-part video message to the community, helping to launch a get-out-the-vote effort he promised to support through a third rou

Esty Applauds $1.3m SERV Grant For Sandy Hook Elementary

Published: May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
NEW BRITAIN - Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding news that Sandy Hook Elementary will receive a School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant of $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. "I thank Secretary Duncan and President Obama for heari

Local Town Clerk, Staff Still Hoping For Privacy Legislation

Published: May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
May 22 marked exactly one month from the day that any action occurred on proposed legislation inspired by Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, her staff, and other members of the state Town Clerk's Association who want to see certain restrictions on state death records. And the local officials behind the pr

Llodra, Rodgers Planning To Run For Reelection, Gaston Likely

Published: May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
After helping guide Newtown through its darkest days post 12/14, leading a team of officials supporting a rebuilding site for Sandy Hook School, and four of the most challenging budget processes in memory, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers have announced intentions to seek respec

Bill Would Give Families Say Over Newtown Records

Published: May 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
A bill crafted privately by Governor Dannel P. Malloy's office, Connecticut's top prosecutor, and legislative leaders would require the written consent of family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims before certain records concerning the shooting may be publicly released. According

Council Cuts Another $300,000 From Schools

Published: May 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
After about two hours of community input, deliberations and two failed amendments, the Legislative Council voted 9-3 to further reduce the school district's budget request by $300,000. If approved at a planned third round referendum June 4, that would drop requested Board of Education increase to

Murphy, Blumenthal, Esty Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

Published: May 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
Connecticut's US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown's Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School. The legislation, S.1025 in the Senate

Safe And Sound In Sandy Hook: Parents Seek More Focus On School Security

Published: May 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
As parents who lost children turned to each other for support in the weeks following 12/14, school security emerged as a theme in emotionally wrought conversations around Newtown's kitchen tables. Now, six Sandy Hook families have launched the Safe and Sound at Sandy Hook Initiative, a program to

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