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Caucuses Solidify Democrat, Republican Slates For November’s Local Ballot; Big Changes On Finance Board

While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates. Conspicuous are the absences of some long-time members of the Board of Finance, though other incumbents will be back on the ballot this year for both the finance board and the Board of Selectmen.

Newtown's Version Of 'Liberty Smith' May Be Heading To New York

NOTE: This report was updated July 29 removing incorrect references to a possible Broadway run for the musical Liberty Smith. || Are you one of those lucky theater lovers who saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder during its premier at Hartford Stage before it went on to capture four 2014 Tony Awards on Broadway? Well, you won’t have to travel further than Newtown High School this weekend to see another entertaining musical that could have its next premier on the boards in New York. During a visit to final runthroughs of the historical comedy/musical Liberty Smith, running this weekend at Newtown High School, NewArts summer program director Michael Unger hinted that the version of the show he has adapted for Newtown’s run is under consideration for a New York theater run in the near future.

Families Welcome Fresh Air Guests For Summer Fun

Families from Newtown and area towns stood in the shade outside Christ the King Lutheran Church on July 27, waiting for their Fresh Air Fund guests to arrive. Heads turned as a coach bus from New York City carrying young passengers arrived at the parking lot of the Mt Pleasant Road church. Soon spilling from the opening door were young guests who would spend a week with families in Newtown and nearby towns through The Fresh Air Fund. As area coordinator Marie Athans and her husband Dave helped unload guests and get their luggage, words of greeting included comments from “Hello” and “Welcome back” to “Good to see you” and “You definitely got taller.”

NewArts Presents A Kindness In Motion Dance Concert

A dance group performing “Stand Out” opened the Kindness in Motion Newtown Dance Concert on Friday, July 24. The special event was held to benefit NewArts, a division of The 12.14 Foundation. Persephonie Alvarez, founder of Thrive The Essence of Dance in Monroe, was the director for the dance concert, which included 33 acts, all performed by local youth. Ms Alvarez also performed the final act of the night.

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