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NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy gives a statement about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are 27 dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza, opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza was also found dead at the scene. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

NEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 14: Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy gives a statement about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are 27 dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza, opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza was also found dead at the scene. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Last night, Newtown’s Board of Selectmen for the first time discussed how to distribute $500,000 of grant money to local businesses who suffered losses following the Newtown shootings, when their companies may have been blocked off by the overflow of traffic, people and media.

So far, 15 businesses have applied for the aid granted by Governor Dannel Malloy. The money covers losses from Dec. 14 – the day of the shootings – through Jan. 8. The deadline to apply with the town is Feb. 15.

Not all businesses were shuttered by the swath of attention and were able to run as normal, so they will not apply for aid. Others suffered serious losses that they’ll be looking to recoup.

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