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  • 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.”

  • 12th Man Arrested In Ongoing Federal Drug Ring Probe

    NEW HAVEN — A member of the Easton Police Commission has been charged in an ongoing federal steroid and prescription narcotics distribution investigation.

    In a statement, Deirdre M. Daly, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said that Raymond J. Martin, 48, was arrested on July 14. Mr Martin appeared before US Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam in New Haven and was released on bond.

    Mr Martin’s arrest brings to 12 the number of men charged in the drug ring.

  • In Lawsuit, Former Sergeant Alleges Discrimination At Police Department

    In a lawsuit filed in federal court, a former Newtown police sergeant is seeking money damages, charging that she was the victim of a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment by members of the Newtown Police Department.

  • Hawleyville Retail Center Under IWC Review

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) is reviewing the environmental protection aspects of a proposal to construct an approximately 4,400-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 1.12-acre site at 149 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    Applicant Walter Kilcourse of New Milford is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project from the IWC.

    The project, known as Pogond Brook Plaza, would be built on the south side of Mt Pleasant Road, just east of Newtown Power Equipment, Inc.

  • Sunday Cinema Series To Continue July 19 With 'Casablanca'

    The 1942 classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be shown on Sunday, July 19, at 4 and 7 pm, at Edmond Town Hall. This is the second film in the 2015 Sunday Cinema Series lineup and will be shown in high definition. Admission is just $2.

    Casablanca won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay, in addition to five Oscar nominations in other categories.

  • Woman’s Club Donations Benefit Ten Local Groups

    Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc recently made donations to ten local organizations. The money for the donations, said Dolores Judge, chairman of the club’s Finance Committee, was raised through fundraising efforts.

    According to Ms Judge, the NWC Ways & Means Committee holds various fundraisers during the club year, including the annual Woman’s Club Christmas Ornament Sale.

  • Buddha Bash Will Benefit REACH Newtown

    The Buddha Bash outdoor charity music festival benefiting REACH Newtown has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, from noon to midnight at the Big Buddha Cigar Lounge, 27 Hawleyville Road.

    The even will feature ten bands, and 12 hours of food trucks and beverage vendors, all for one fantastic cause. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Some featured bands are New Desperations, Dan’s Garage, Charm City Exiles, and Quit Your Day Job.