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  • Newtown Foster Parents Honored By DCF

    There is an art to successful foster parenting, and Newtown residents Nancy and John Schreiner have seemingly mastered it, despite having fostered just two teenagers in the four years they have been licensed. So much so, that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) named the couple as the Star Family for the month of April, and during the May 1-2 Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents Annual Conference at the Mystic Marriott, the Schreiners will be honored as the Family of the Year for the Danbury region.

  • Mildred L. Young

    Mildred L. Young of Modesto, Calif., died at Samaritan Village on March 29, at 101 years of age.

    Mrs Young and her husband Henry lived for a number of years and raised three of their children in Newtown. Mrs Young was a devoted member of St Rose Church of Newtown, the Carmelite Order, and worked for the Grand Union Grocery. She retired in 1976.

    The family also lived for some time in Bridgeport, where four of the Young children were raised.

  • Commission On Aging Chair Says Meeting, Agenda Likely Violated FOI Laws

    The agenda for an unusual Saturday special meeting of the town’s Commission on Aging (COA) appeared to lack necessary details to conform to state Freedom of Information laws, and discussions during the meeting may have led at least one of the commissioners to threaten to resign.

    Commission Chair Curt Symes said he is researching whether an amended agenda could be filed after the fact, while acknowledging that much of the subject matter discussed in the April 11 closed session would be coming up in the next public meeting of the panel.

  • Trail Extension Begins At Fairfield Hills

    John Spremullo with LRM Construction stepped down from a dump truck cab Tuesday, April 14, and watched as Ryan Clark worked a backhoe to create a 10-foot-wide path along Mile Hill South at the corner of Keating Farms Road.

    Tuesday morning was the second day of trail extension work at Fairfield Hills. The work will provide a paved, ADA-accessible surface extending the campus trails by 4,200 feet, or slightly less than one mile.

  • 'Bring A Friend' Night At St Rose Bingo, Friday

    The next Friday Night Bingo event will be Friday, April 24. Games are played in Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, adjacent to St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road.

    Now that the bad weather is behind us, organizers are inviting regular players to return, and to bring their family and friends for a night out featuring Bingo fun and cash prizes. Bring someone new to St Rose Bingo and you’ll both get a surprise gift at the door.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Offering Volunteer Orientation Sessions

    Who is Ben? What is a Ben’s Bell? Where are Ben’s Bells hung? How are Ben’s Bells made? What is the Be Kind mission all about?

    Area residents who are interested in learning the who, what, where, how, and why of the Ben’s Bells Project have two opportunities to attend an Advanced Volunteer Orientation this month.

    The Ben’s Bells Newtown studio, at 17 Church Hill Road, will offer 60-minute presentations on Tuesday, April 28. Sessions will begin at noon and 6:30 pm.

  • WSA Members Updated On Hawleyville Sewering Project

    The town’s consulting engineer has updated Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members on the ongoing planning for the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, which is intended to foster economic development in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Engineer Kurt Mailman of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, on April 9 briefed WSA members on the planning, explaining the status of various aspects of the project.

  • Beautiful Baby Contest Seeking Entries

    Newtown’s annual Beautiful Baby Photo Contest, coordinated since 2010 by Sandy Hook resident Lois Barber, is kicking off and looking for photos of children, newborn to age 4, to be posted on its voting booth.

    The contest is a friendly competition/fundraiser that this year will help an American soldier returning home with life-altering injuries receive a free custom handicapped accessible house through the Homes For Our Troops national nonprofit. It is a baby photo contest, not a live pageant. All money raised goes to Homes for Our Troops.

  • Guess Who, BTO Frontman Randy Bachman Bubbling Over ‘Heavy Blues’

    You can now officially classify classic rocker Randy Bachman as a ‘three-peater.’

    After huge success fronting The Guess Who, and morphing into the classic rock hit machine Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the award-winning Canadian artist is now channeling his love for late-’60s British blues grooves into a brand new and refreshingly accessible power trio.