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  • DEEP Forecasting Unhealthy Air Quality For Parts Of Connecticut May 8

    Conneticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Friday, May 8, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for northern Fairfield, Northern New Haven, Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland counties.

    A forecast of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” indicates increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort in active children and adults with respiratory disease, such as asthma, and the elderly. 

  • Weekends Before Memorial Day: Local VFW To Sell Poppies

    Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those who died in service to this our country.

    In 1915, during World War I, Dr John McCrae visited a cemetery in Flanders, France. While there he noticed how the poppy flowers grew “between the crosses, row on row,” and was inspired to write the now famous poem “In Flanders Fields.”

  • Out Of Her Shell And Confident On Stage: Young Newtown Actor Part Of ‘Godspell’ In Brookfield

    The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) will continue its 58th season with a production of Godspell, the energetic musical by Stephen Schwartz that debuted off-Broadway in 1971 before going on to become a three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winning show.

  • Workshop Seeks To Show Power In Poetry

    Ashley Gong, a Newtown High School junior and one of five 2014 National Student Poet Ambassadors, is looking forward to sharing her love of poetry with area students in grades 6-8 at the “Po(w)e (r)try” workshop, four Monday evenings, beginning May 18, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • 35 Voters Seat Unopposed Slate Of Borough Officials

    The “town within a town” that is the Borough of Newtown, an area centered around Main Street at the heart of the community, has 1,280 voters who were eligible to cast ballots on Monday, May 4. Borough elections for a completely unopposed slate of 13, however, drew just 35 electors who cast ballots at the Newtown Municipal Center between 6 am and 8 pm that day.

  • CWU May Friendship Day To Celebrate ‘Journey Of The Caregiver’

    The Newtown/Danbury unit of Church Women United is planning its annual May Friendship Day celebration. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10 am, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    The theme of the celebration is “Journey Of The Caregiver.”

    According to program notes published by Church Women United, this year’s May Friendship Day celebration is for all people who struggle with their calling of caring for the needs of others.

  • Encore ‘Normal Aging Process’ Presentation Planned

    Visiting Angels and St Rose Parish have decided to bring Dr Susan Varano back to Newtown to continue a discussion on what to expect with a normal aging process.

    When the group brought Dr Varano to town for a program in March, more than 100 people attended.

  • Historical Society Program Will Examine Medicine In The Revolutionary War

    Most people already know that life in the Revolutionary War army was harsh and led to disease and injury, but what about the remedies for those conditions? What did one do when a soldier became sick while enduring the brutal Valley Forge winters or was injured in battle?

    Newtown Historical Society will look at medicinal practices during the Revolution on Monday, May 11, at 7:30. Dr Ray Sullivan will present a program called “Rough Medicine: The Medicine and Surgery of the American Revolution.”

  • Newly Seated Community Center Commission Begins Work

    Thirteen residents stood before Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead on Tuesday evening with raised hands, as she swore them in as volunteers forming a new Community Center Commission. They are John Boccuzzi, Bill Buchler, Andy Clure, Rob Cox, Sean Dunn, Brian Hartgraves, Carla Kron, Brian Leidlein, Christopher McDonnell, Jeremy Richman, Sheila Torres, Kinga Walsh, and David Wheeler.

    Sworn in ahead of time and not present Tuesday was the fourteenth member Nicole Hockley.

  • Police Reports, April 24-May 6, 2015

    Moving Violations

    Police report that at about 9 pm on April 29, they were using a computerized “license plate reader” device on the Exit 11 off-ramp of Interstate 84 to check passing vehicles for any pending vehicular violations which are keyed to their license plate numbers.

    Among the vehicles that passed the device were a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu sedan whose license plate number indicated that there was pending violation, police said.