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  • Eagle Scout Project Backpacks Collection, Sunday

    On Sunday, January 18, Seth Barrett, a local Boy Scout from Troop 370, will be hosting an item drive for his Eagle Scout project.

    The event will be held in the front horseshoe of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • New Year, Old Location For Genealogy Club: Next Meeting Wednesday Night

    The Genealogy Club of Newtown will return to C.H. Booth Library for its first meeting of the year, scheduled for Wednesday, January 14.

    Many of last year’s club meetings were held in Ridgefield, for a number of reasons, but the club is back at the library, 25 Main Street, again this month. Meetings begin promptly at 7 pm, but the club’s Help Desk opens at 6:45 for those who have a genealogy related problem to discuss.  

  • Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards Deadline Thursday

    Kids from across the country will be honored by Newtown Kindness at the non-profit’s Third Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards on Saturday, February 21.

    The ceremony will honor eight to ten finalists and 15-20 runners up from across the country who have demonstrated the mission of Newtown Kindness, to “think kindly and act boldly” through outstanding acts of kindness.

    The deadline to register for the awards is Thursday, January 15.

  • Trustworthy Hometown Computer Services Are Liberty’s Hallmark

    While “big box” computer stores and their behind-the-scenes repair facilities may be convenient, most of the clients of Joseph Masso’s Liberty Computing Services keep coming back for the trusty, quality work the young technician provides.

    “Whether you are buying a computer, or getting one serviced, I think the main thing lacking in the big box computer stores and service centers is accountability,” Mr Masso said during a brief break from work at his cozy 57 Dodgingtown Road retail shop.

  • Camera Club To Host Competition, Hands On Program

    On Thursday, January 15, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host its first general meeting and photo competition of the new year.

    January’s assigned subject is “Animals (non-domesticated).” Club members will be challenged to showcase their creativity for capturing animal photography. There will also be competitions in Digital, Black & White and Open Color.

  • Pastel Artist Ivers To Offer Program At Meeting House

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Christine Ivers of Meriden demonstrating in pastel on Wednesday, January 14, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape.

    This meeting is open to the public, free of charge, and will be held in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

    Ms Ivers was recently elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies and will be traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., this year for the IAPS Biennial Convention.

  • Garner Inmate Arrested in Prison Assault

    State police report that at about 6:40 pm on January 4, they received a report from the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road that there had been an inmate assault.

    State police said their investigation found that inmate George Montanez, 42, had struck his 25-year-old cellmate in the chest and the face.

    A correction officer had witnessed the incident and reported it, state police said. 

  • Police Panel Considers Ways To Cut False Burglar Alarms

    Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond.

    By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members.

    Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.

  • Hawleyville Medical Office Building Proposal Under Town Review

    Following review of a report on the traffic implications of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building proposed for 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville, the Police Commission, serving as the traffic authority, has endorsed the traffic-related aspects of the project.

    Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC, of Westport is proposing the two-story structure for a site on the north side of Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Police Seek Public Comments On Accreditation Renewal

    The Newtown Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its state reaccreditation process.

    A team of inspectors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) is scheduled to visit the police station on January 23 to examine its policies and procedures documents as they relate to the state’s Tier 1 police accreditation process.

    The police department has had Tier 1 accreditation since 2005 and is seeking reaccreditation for the third time.