Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League (CSL), on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. Tickets vary in price, starting at $12, with group and family discounts available. Matt Ariniello, operations, development and partnership for success grant coordinator for NYFS, said this week that tickets for the game are still available.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28-29, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for southern sections of Fairfield and New Haven Counties on Tuesday, and all of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties on Wednesday. Humidity is already at 82 percent this morning, and expected to increase during the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.
In response, Newtown’s offices of the First Selectman, Emergency Management and the Health District have issued the following information to prevent residents of all ages from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures.
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.
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 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.”
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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