A Newtown woman’s gingerbread lighthouse is the sixth place winner in the “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Donna Kern Ball finished “in the money” for the fourth straight year, taking home $150 for her “Gingerbread – Man – Kind” lighthouse. Her 2014-15 entry was a large round beacon of white frosting, festooned on multiple levels with gingerbread figures, gingerbread hearts, candy canes, ribbon candy and peppermints. Painstaking pipings of frosting on the gingerbread figures cast them in all sorts of professions: sailor, musician, athlete, firefighter and others.
Nearly 50 works of art were hung in the main corridor of Newtown Municipal Center on January 23. The collection represents an annual offering by members of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN). The exhibition, “Color in Winter Show & Sale,” will remain on view weekdays until February 27. The exhibition, with 46 works of art representing 25 artists, stretches nearly the length of the municipal center’s southern wall. A reception scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, has been postponed, but the collection of still lifes, landscapes, etchings and other works are doing exactly what the creators of this annual presentation were hoping for when they created the winter exhibition.
The Planning and Zoning Commission has postponed until next month what is expected to be the last installment of an ongoing public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown, a 23-lot residential subdivision proposed for a 167-acre site in Dodgingtown. P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland announced at a January 15 session that the public hearing will continue at the P&Z’s February 5 meeting. The P&Z had not yet received from the developer a report of the archaeological significance of the property, he said. P&Z regulations require developers to have the archaeological aspects of properties proposed for subdivisions and resubdivisions reviewed by archaeological experts. Such reviews are intended to preserve any significant archaeologic, historic, and cultural features of the land.
Residents woke this morning to far less snow than originally forecasted for Tuesday, January 27. With just half a foot of powdery snowfall clinging to windowsills and mounded on rooftops across town, precipitation fell until roughly noon on Tuesday. The prior night's blizzard conditions were downgraded to a winter storm advisory by morning, and the travel ban, which Governor Dannel P. Malloy had ordered for all traffic Monday as of 9 pm, was lifted at 8:30 am.
The sixth season of the Connecticut Public Television series "All Things Connecticut" has been running since January 8, and the next episode should offer Newtown and Sandy Hook residents a very familiar location.
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