In the Winter Percussion’s first competition of the season, Newtown High School scored a 78.45 and walked away with the first place trophy in the Marching Percussion 2A division, defeating host New Milford High School on Saturday, February 21 in a USBands event.
The 28-member NHS Winter Percussion program performed its show “The Rainforest,” which tells the tale of restoration following callous destruction in three parts. With an original score written by NHS Winter Percussion director David Brush, the group delivered a choreographed and engaging performance.
It is the little nuances that make the difference when biting into a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar made in the United Kingdom versus one made by Hershey’s in the United States, said Lisa Whitmore, who owns UK Gourmet in Newtown, along with husband Nigel, a native of England. Hershey’s has owned the rights to manufacture Cadbury products in the US since 1988, but connoisseurs of the English-made product poo-poo any comparisons. That poo-pooing has turned to boo-hooing recently, though.
There wasn’t much, if any, question as to which team was the best in all of the state. But Newtown High School’s wrestling team put to rest any doubts there may have been by earning the State Open championship, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, on February 28. The Nighthawks had a pair of individual champions as sophomores Joe Accousti, in the 152 pound weight division, and Anthony Falbo, at 170, took home titles. This marked the second State Open triumph in as many chances for Falbo.
One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing IT boss Scott Sharlow, the backlog of work began accumulating and overwhelming the remaining, single full-timer left on staff to support and maintain the 500 computer devices Newtown’s government and public safety departments depend upon.At the same time, that industrious but outmatched staffer, Dennis Lawler, had to keep an eye on potential security threats, spam e-mail outbreaks, and a dozen other technology issues beyond the day-to-day functionality of all the town’s computer systems and networks (the school district has its own dedicated staff).
A 40 minute drug sweep at Newtown High School the morning of February 27 resulted in the arrest of three students and the issuing of an infraction to a fourth, according to a release from the Newtown Police Department. Police say a "drug sniff" involving 12 passively trained K-9 narcotics teams was conducted monitoring the high school building and the adjacent parking areas. The activity was invited by school administration according to the release, utilizing law enforcement resources from several departments as well as the State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force. Reached by The Bee while traveling, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr emailed a response for comment about the activity, saying the sweep was handled in partnership with the Newtown Police Department and Newtown Prevention Council.
The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road. Water lines on Queen Street and Pine Tree Hill Road have also failed within recent weeks.
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