The village of Sandy Hook is within the town of Newtown, the fifth-largest town in Connecticut at about 60 square miles.
With a population of about 27,000 people, the suburban town is just east of the city of Danbury, but it also has large rural areas. It is in northern Fairfield County, and about 60 miles from New York City.
Newtown, which was incorporated in 1711, includes the borough of Newtown, which is the historic center of town and has a large flagpole at the main intersection, as well as the village of Sandy Hook and the neighborhoods of Hawleyville, Botsford and Dodgingtown.
Sandy Hook, northeast of Newtown's center, is an older village along the Pootatuck River that was once home to saw and grist mills. Those mills were in what is now a commercial center of the village, which features a number of shops and restaurants. Sandy Hook Elementary School is just east of the commercial center.
Lakeside communities dot the areas along Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah, both part of the Housatonic River, which runs along the eastern border of the town.
Among the attractions in town is McLaughlin Vineyards, a 160-acre, year-round farm that includes 15 acres of vineyards.
The Edmond Town Hall, in the borough, contains a theater that shows movies at reduced prices and hosts music and arts performances.
Patricia Llodra is the first selectman of the town and its congressman is Chris Murphy, who recently won election to the U.S. Senate representing Connecticut. I-84 runs east and west through the town, which is also traversed by U.S. routes 6 and 302 and Connecticut routes 25 and 34.
Newtown is run by a board of selectmen, the administrative body, and a legislative council, the legislative body. It also retains a limited town meeting form of government to approve budgets.
In 2011, the median household income was $111,506, and the median age was 40.8.
The Sandy Hook section village borders the town of Southbury and includes the communities of Berkshire, Riverside, Walnut Tree Hill, and Zoar.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun