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The Way We Were, from the issue dated March 8, 2013

March 11, 1988

Newtown Associates last week earned its zoning permit to resubdivide 300 acres on Poverty Hollow Road, an act that will preserve some rural properties while opening up a large parcel to future residential growth. After two years and four public hearings, the property will finally be resubdivided to maintain an 18-acre estate and a horse farm on two parcels totaling 39 acres.

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A regional paramedic program — designed to save lives in the event of heart attacks, accidents, and other life-threatening emergencies — is being proposed by Danbury Hospital. Due to the apparent reluctance of several towns to join the program, however, it is doubtful whether the program will get off the ground, at least during this year. The proposal calls for paid paramedics, using the hospital as a home base, to rush to the scenes of incidents in participating towns, or to “intercept” ambulances which are enroute to the hospitals. The paramedics would work with the volunteer personnel from the various ambulance organizations. 

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The League of Women Voters of Newtown, which has been studying the recycling issue for six months, is ready to present its findings. Recycling is possible for up to 80 percent of all solid wastes. But most of the towns which have had recycling programs find that participation is limited to only a few types of waste items, and convenience must be part of the program. The big key to making recycling work can be the market for recycling.

 

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Jury selection for Richard Crafts’ trial will begin March 14 in New London and during the selection process, several pretrial motions will be heard. Mr Crafts was arrested in January 1987 and was charged with the murder of his missing wife, Helle. He is accused of cutting up her body and disposing of parts of it through a woodchipper. Jury selection will begin on March 14 with the remains of a current jury pool of 40 or 50 people. Three new pools, of 150 people each, are prepared for March 16, 21, and 23.

 

March 15, 1963

A second call is given this week, for persons who would like to serve as jurors. To be eligible to serve, a prospective juror must be an elector and over 25 years of age. Jurors are paid at the rate of $8 per day for their services, and mileage is reimburses at the rate of ten cents per mile, one way. It might be added that jury duty is a type of civic activity service, which many citizens are well qualified to render. 

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At noon on Monday, the Newtown Hook and Ladder Company responded to an alarm at 30 Main Street, occupied by George M. Stuart, Inc. Upon arrival, firemen found smoke throughout the building and smoke ejectors were used to remove the smoke from the two-story building. Oxygen was administered to office personnel as a precautionary measure. 

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GRAND UNION: CHICKENS for broiling, frying or barbecue Whole 29 cents lb., split, cutup 33 cents lb.; Genuine Calves Liver, 99 cents lb.; Early Morn bacon, sliced, 53 cents lb.; Fresh California Asparagus, 35 cents lb.; Fresh — Puerto Rican Pineapple, Large Size, 29 cents each; Nancy Lynn Baked Goods Crumb Pie, apple or cherry, NOW 55 cents; Toothpaste GLEEM large tube 53 cents; Chicken of the Sea White Tuna Solid Pack, 3 seven ounce cans, $1; My-T-Fine Puddings, all flavors, 4 three ounce packages, 35 cents. 

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Next Tuesday, a large truck will unload Newtown’s 1963 Girl Scout cookie order of 5,824 boxes at the Trinity Parish House. The mountain of five different kinds of cookies will be sorted into 12 troop orders, resorted into individual Scout orders and finally, sorted by the Scout so that she can make delivery to her customer. It is possible that there may be some extra boxes for those who missed placing their order.

 

March 11, 1938

A small garage on the property occupied by Harry Berglund on Glen Road, Sandy Hook, was destroyed by fire of an undetermined origin on Thursday afternoon of last week. Members of the Newtown Hook and Ladder company responded with the pumper and were able to save several nearby buildings which were set afire by sparks. 

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One of life’s greatest gifts to mankind, “Friendship,” was the theme of the Lecturer’s Hour at the meeting of Pohtatuck Grange, Tuesday evening, at the Recreation rooms of Hawley Manor. It was demonstrated by this program how fuller and richer our lives become because of those we meet and call friends, as we journey along the highway of life. 

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Mrs Josephine Bidwell, who operates the Sandy Hook Diner, is having extensive alterations and decorations inside and out. Martin Sealander has just completed two modern washrooms at one end of the dining room.

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In spite of the inclement weather of last Saturday, those in charge of the Thrift Shop were much gratified by the amount of business which was done on the opening day. Many articles were sold, but there are still a great many items to tempt the bargain hunter. The Shop will continue to be open every Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, and it is hoped that as many as possible will plan to visit it at an early date.

 

March 14, 1913

Miss Ruth Pierce has 70 chickens six weeks old, and is distancing all her neighbors in raising early chicks. Hermon H. Peck butchered a porker, Saturday, which tipped the scales at over 300 pounds. It was a dandy. 

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Charles H. Harang, who has been buying furs extensively through the winter, on Thursday entered the employ of W.A. Canfield, the painter. Mr Harang has bought about three tons of fur the past winter. He is a hustler and has a good reputation for fair dealing in the fur trade. 

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Selectman W.C. Johnson has done a sane and sensible thing in putting a team of horses and drag on to the state road, Wednesday, filling up the ruts and shaping up the road in proper manner. 

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The Bee has had installed in its building to furnish power for the linotype, by Robert N. White of Danbury, a United gasoline engine. It works to a charm and is used when the larger gasoline engine, which furnishes power for the press, is not in operation. The office is also supplied with a steam engine in case of a breakdown.

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