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  • New Viewpoint For A Familiar View

    This photo of Newtown’s famous flagpole intersection at Main Street and Church Hill Road was taken by Joey Santella with the help of his DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in the fall to study unmanned autonomous systems.   

  • Tickets Still Available For McGraw’s Concert For Sandy Hook Promise

    HARTFORD — Lawn seating and reserved seats were still available as of Thursday, July 16, for Tim McGraw’s July 17 concert at The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. The country star announced in April that all proceeds from the show, part of his Shotgun Rider Tour, will benefit Sandy Hook Promise.

  • Queen Street Getting New Water Pipes

    In this July 15 view, which looks southward on Queen Street from its intersection with Glover Avenue, workers for Aquarion Water Company are seen using a roller, loader, excavator, and dump truck for a water pipe replacement project. In the coming weeks, the workers will be replacing sections of outdated pipe on Queen Street. During the construction, certain sections of Queen Street lying between its intersections with Glover Avenue and Mile Hill Road will be closed to through-traffic with detours provided for motorists. 

  • Police Plan Crackdown On Speeding Motorists

    Town police have received approval for a $23,800 grant from the state, with that money to be used for police overtime pay for speed enforcement and for the acquisition of speed-detection radar equipment.

    Notably, according to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest rate of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, with one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.

  • Theater Review: Nuanced, Soulful Performances The Focus Of Current TheaterWorks Production

    NEW MILFORD — TheaterWorks New Milford’s main stage production of Time Stands Still is a subtle, moving piece of drama that gives pause as it explores the monumental challenges faced, collateral damage inflicted, and price paid by those who are witness to trauma. This is accomplished with humor, tenderness and urgency.

    Staged on a phenomenal apartment set, designed by Steve Wyshynski and Richard Pettibone, the souls of the characters created by David Margulies are laid bare and the nomadic nature of their lives revealed.

  • Theater Review: Thoroughly Entertaining ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’

    SHERMAN — An “oldie but a goodie” read the invitation to view and review The Sherman Players current production of Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring. This rendition, which opened July 10, is definitely more goodie than oldie. It is as light as a feather and as dark as a rabbit hole, while all the while incredibly funny.

  • Theater Review: 'Hairspray' At Richter Raises The Bar

    Three performances remain for the second of three shows being presented at Musicals At Richter this summer. hairspray will be played out at Richter Arts Center July 16-18. Newtown Bee Theater Reviewer Elizabeth Young loved the show.

  • SCAN Program To Feature Figure Painter

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will present artist Shauna Shane painting in oil, at a meeting of SCAN, Wednesday, July 22, at 1:30 pm, in the lower level of  Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Ms Shane will demonstrate painting a figure. It is not necessary to be a member of SCAN to attend. Admission is free.

    A professional painter for more than 34 years, Ms Shane is represented in collections in the US and around the world, including the governor’s portrait in the State Capitol in Helena, Montana.

  • Newtown Getting Piece Of Governor's $7 Million In Brownfields Grants

    Newtown is slated to receive a $150,000 grant for investigation of the 30-acre former Batchelder site at 44 and 46a Swamp Road. The former industrial site is rife with a variety of environmental contaminants caused by past industrial activity and resulting contamination.

    Such properties are known as “brownfields.”