Classic rocker and long-time Eagles member Joe Walsh is playing the last few dates of a fall solo tour in the Northeast, including a Friday, October 16 stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Fans who loved Walsh and his hard rocking and sometimes zany material pre-Eagles should plan to attend to enjoy a heavy dose of all his other creations. This tour also reunites Walsh with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale. In an exclusive interview with "The Newtown Bee," Walsh talked about how taking a break from the Eagles for this short solo tour gives him a turn in the driver's seat.
In 1935, a group of creative Newtowners decided to start a theater group to raise money for town needs and enjoy each other’s company. On Saturday, October 17, the public is invited to spend an evening with current members of that company — Town Players of Newtown — to celebrate the oldest continuously-operating community theater in Connecticut.
The planned start of construction to create a signalized four-way intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road has been delayed, with the state Department of Transportation now expected to start in April 2017, one year later than was initially planned. That section of Church Hill Road has the highest local motor vehicle accident rate, with many rear-end collisions and numerous accidents caused by vehicular-turning conflicts. DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said several factors led to the delayed construction start.
The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge. It was all part of a fundraising event, hosted by the Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of 2GHG, to provide much needed funds to support keeping the 2GHG, one of the last active cavalry units, based here in Newtown. Pam Peral, who spearheaded the efforts to hold the event, said she was "very adamant that [the 2GHG] needed to stay here."
Newtown Middle School art teacher Leigh Anne Coles has set up a DonorsChoose fundraising campaign to acquire four Google Chromebooks for students to use. Ms Coles said on Thursday, October 8, the goal is to raise $814 for four Chromebooks. While the fundraising project will continue unto January, DonorsChoose is matching donations dollar for dollar for the next four days when donor use the code SPARK at checkout.
The Legislative Council heard an update from State Representative Mitch Bolinsky during its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, regarding the state’s Substitute House Bill 7019, An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement. As Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reminded her board before the discussion began, Rep Bolinsky was there to discuss only changes to the law, and the council would not discuss how those changes would be applied to Newtown. “It’s a fact-finding mission to help everybody here understand … as is our responsibility, what the law says,” said Ms Jacob.
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