• Small Businesses Targeted In Eversource Billing Scam

    BERLIN — For popular eateries, like the Popover Bakery and Café in Simsbury, weekend business is their bread and butter.

    So when one of the owners at Popover recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Eversource, threatening to shut off their power in two hours unless they made an immediate payment, she panicked.

  • Traffic Issues Top P&Z Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Complex

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on October 1 held a fourth set of dual public hearings on a mixed-use development proposed for Hawleyville, which includes a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church on 42 acres west of Hawleyville Road (State Route 25) and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    The Police Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss the traffic aspects of the mixed-use development proposal.

  • $35,000 Awarded Locally For Arts & Culture Through New State Regional Initiative Grant Program

    DANBURY — The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut (CAWC) has announced that $35,000 from the state’s new Regional Initiative Grant program has been awarded to eight recipients throughout CAWC’s ten-town region, which includes Newtown.

  • ‘Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote’ To Be At Congregational Church In December

    Newtown Congregational Church will host a special breakfast gathering for the community on Wednesday, December 2, from 9 to 11 am.

    Sponsored by The Ana Grace Project in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the morning will feature a keynote by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, international speaker, author and senior fellow, ChildTrauma Academy. Dr Perry is expected to speak on the morning’s theme, “Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote — How Deepening Connections and Relationships Transform Families and Communities.”

  • Flags To Be Lowered For Oregon Shooting Victims

    In response to the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on October 1, which took the lives of ten people including the shooter, President Barack Obama on October 2 ordered United States flags to be lowered to half-staff. Flags are to remain lowered until sunset Tuesday, October 6.

    In a brief proclamation issued Friday, President Obama said it was “a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence” on Thursday that he was issuing the order.

  • President Challenges Media To Compare Numbers: Terrorism vs Gun Violence In America

    In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year.

  • Charter Revision Panel Makes Final Tweaks, Sends Draft To LC

    Following a 40-minute public hearing September 30 dominated by two local officials suggesting several late adjustments to Newtown’s constitutional document, the Charter Revision Commission initiated some of those changes and voted to send a final draft to the Legislative Council for its own hearing and review process.

  • Community Center Forums Continue, Online Survey Deadline Approaching

    While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing.

    The first two sessions have been held. Two more additional forums are planned for Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road; and Saturday, October 17, at 10 am, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • Community Invited To Trauma Stewardship Workshop

    Are you grappling with how to keep on keeping on? Struggling with your own reactions and stress? Or maybe you are noticing a collective fatigue, sense of hopelessness or helplessness, feeling like you cannot do enough, or a spike in negativity among your co-workers or community.

    If so, Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team (RRT) is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts.

  • Federal Court Hands Sandy Hook Families First Victory On Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. 

    In a short order issued September 30, the court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court.