The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be Wednesday, October 8, from 8 to 9 am, at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro. Guest speaker Amy Fallas-Kerr, co-president of Newtown Historical Society, will speak on "Why History Matters: Building Legacy and Community in Newtown.”
Newtown resident Brett Boles will appear as Mitch Albom in "Tuesdays with Morrie" at Center Stage Theatre in Shelton, which opens this weekend. “Brett is simply one of the most talented people I have ever known,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa. “Whether acting, singing or composing, he brings a level of professional excellence to the stage that is exciting and inspiring.” Based on Mitch Albom’s book and “made for TV” movie, starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, the autobiographical Tuesdays with Morrie tells of a work consumed sports journalist who is inspired to live life more fully, when he reconnects with an old college professor, who is dying of ALS. The play teaches lessons of acceptance, love, communication, values, openness, and happiness.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has issued a statement in response to the bomb scare called in to Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning: “Earlier today a bomb scare was received at Sandy Hook School. The scare was classified as a "no threat-low threat" event, but in an abundance of caution, Superintendent Erardi determined that dismissal of students at 12 noon is the best course of action. All students and staff are safe. Monroe Police are on site, as are Newtown Police. The building and grounds will be thoroughly searched and cleared of any concern. Updated information will be shared via school district communication systems as well as via the town’s ‘blast’ system."
In a televised debate Tuesday night, Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut. Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension. But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.
In light of this morning’s bomb scare at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team would like residents to know that its center will be fully staffed on Thursday, October 2. In a message released Wednesday, October 1, the staff said that the scare called in to the elementary school “ended with the best possible outcome: all students and teachers are safe. Even so, it would be normal in the aftermath of the event for you and your children to experience emotional reactions and concerns. The Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team will be fully staffed tomorrow with Counselors and Case Managers to provide support and resources.”
One of the 17,000 people each year who volunteers with Appalachia Service Project, working toward a goal of providing “warmer, safer, and drier” homes for families in Central Appalachia (generally including counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina), is Katie Temple, a graduate of Newtown High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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