• Celebratory Snoopy Sculpture Wins NMS Scarecrows Contest

    Newtown Middle School art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto announced the top three winning My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest on Friday, October 30. "Snoopy Halloween with the Dog House," one of two of this year's entries to feature a Peanuts theme, was voted into the top spot at the end of six days of public voting. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three top vote-getting teams, and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice. The scarecrows were on view on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School from Friday, October 23, until Thursday, October 29, which was also the last day voting on the entries was allowed.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Collection Gathers Supporters Ahead Of Halloween

    The Great Pumpkin Challenge is gearing up to light up Main Street on Saturday, October 31.Representatives of the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and Life Is Good gathered at 14 Main Street, the home of the Great Pumpkin Challenge and its creator Mackenzie Page, on Friday, October 30, as many people were dropping off pumpkins. It was the second day for pumpkin collection hours for the Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign, and many people stopped by to show support and add a pumpkin to the growing collection. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The public can still add to the display before it is lit for Trick or Treaters in Halloween. Mackenzie and her family will be accepting carved pumpkins and financial donations until 2 pm Saturday afternoon.

  • Students And Parents Helped With ‘Empowering Smart Online Choices’

    Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts gave the first of multiple presentations titled “Empowering Smart Online Choices” on Tuesday, October 13, at Reed Intermediate School for students. He later shared his presentation with Newtown Middle School students and with district parents during an evening event at C.H. Booth Library. The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and the Newtown Prevention council sponsored the presentations. Mr Driscoll is a former youth officer and member of the federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task force, with more than 23 years of law enforcement and child safety advocacy behind him.

  • Two First Place Honors For The Marching Nighthawks

    The Newtown High School Nighthawks Marching Band & Guard took first place in its division in dual competitions on Saturday, October 24. First up for the Nighthawks was a day competition at Brookfield High School, where they took top honors in the categories of Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect. At Danbury High School’s Jamboree of Bands night event, the Nighthawks garnered awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, and Best Overall Effect.

  • Scarecrow Sculptures On View; Voting Continues To Thursday

    More than 30 entries for the 2015 My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest arrived on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School by early afternoon Saturday, October 24. The public now has until Thursday, October 29, to decide, through $1 votes, which sculpture should be deemed this year's winner. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three teams whose sculpture collects the largest number of votes.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Matching Donation Announced

    This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign has already started collecting donations, and this week challenge creator Mackenzie Page announced the Life is Good company will match each dollar donated, up to $10,000, for the cause. The annual fundrasier has primarily raised funds for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp since its inception in 2011. Life is Good Co-Founders Bert and John Jacobs, Mackenzie said, are also planning to be at her Main Street home on Friday, October 30. The Jacobs brothers will be joined by actress and Hole In The Wall Gang Camp board member Bridget Moynahan during pumpkin collection times that day to support the local challenge to raise money. The camp is a summer camp and center that serves children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

  • St Rose School To Host Scholastic Book Fair

    St Rose of Lima School will host a “Monster” Book Fair in its Gathering Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 4 to 7 pm, and Sunday, November 8, from 7 am until 1:30 pm. The fair is also open to the public. The school is at 40 Church Hill Road. The Scholastic Book Fair will kick off the school’s “All For Books” Campaign, which will collect donations for the school and Scholastic will donate a book for each dollar donated to the school to either the Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. This national program will provide up to one million books, according to the school; this is the tenth year that St Rose is participating in the campaign.

  • Newtown Veterans Invited To Annual NHS Assembly

    Newtown High School will host its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday, November 11, at noon. The event will be held in the high school’s auditorium, and it will recognize men and women who have served or are presently serving the country. A luncheon will also be served beginning at 11:15 am. All Newtown veterans are cordially invited to attend.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in a number of classes. This week's highlights include courses on retirement finances, Quickbooks, PowerPoint, getting organized, Social Security, essential oils, voice acting, and ballroom dancing.

  • NHS Marching Band And Guard Place Second At Towson University Competition

    The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard took second place in its eight-band division at a USBands competition at Towson University in Towson, Md., on Saturday, October 17. Performing their program “Pharaoh’s Legacy,” the Nighthawks tied for first place with Pennsylvania’s Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in the preliminary rounds before ultimately falling to them in the finals. A “nice tonal quality” and “great dynamic range” in a “very exciting show” were a few of the comments offered by the USBands judges.