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  • Shelton Woman Appointed Assistant Schools Superintendent

    The Board of Education has appointed a Shelton woman as the assistant superintendent for the public school system.

    Following a July 30 executive session, at which they discussed hiring a person to fill the position created by the recent resignation of Linda Gejda, school board members voted to hire Jean M. Evans Davila, who would leave her post as a Norwalk school administrator to become Newtown’s assistant schools superintendent.

  • Auditions Sunday For 8x10 Play Festival, A Newtown Arts Festival Event

    Last year, the Newtown Arts Festival hosted a 6x10 Play Festival. This year, the fourth annual arts festival will host an 8x10 Play Festival, taking place on Friday, September 18.

    The event will consist of eight one act, 10-minute plays written (mainly) by Connecticut residents, and directed by directors from Newtown and surrounding communities, including some who have directed at Town Players. 

    Rehearsal schedules are flexible, and men and women of all ages are needed.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Returning In August

    The Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices.

    The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street within Fairfield Hills, from 9 am to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $25 per person (no charge for age 16 and under), and participants are invited to bring their own yoga mats and props.

  • Local Teachers At National Conference: 'We Are All In This Together'

    A number of Newtown representatives attended an American Federation of Teachers conference in Washington, DC, earlier this month to speak about ongoing climate and culture work in the district.

  • Change Of Zone Sought For South Main Retail Proposal

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 6, on a major retailer’s proposal for a change of zone for a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street, toward the goal of building a 19,097-square-foot store, plus a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sales area.

    The P&Z session is slated for 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Rand-Whitney Proposes Factory Expansion

    A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road.

    Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC’s requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • ‘Loss Angeles’ Author To Visit Library

    Los Angeles based author Mathieu Cailler will be at C.H. Booth Library on Saturday, August 8. A guest of Sandy Hook author Sophfronia Scott, Mr Cailler will read from Loss Angeles, his collection of short stories Pacific Book Review has called “masterfully crafted.”

    The program will run from 3 to 5 pm. The afternoon will also include Q&A discussion on the craft of writing fiction.

    Refreshments will be served.

  • Water Pumping Station Proposal Slated For Hearing

    Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport is seeking town approval to build a water pumping station at a South Main Street site near the Monroe town line.

    The public utility firm’s request for a special permit to build the facility is scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Agency Finds Condo Complex Won’t Threaten Aquifer

    The Aquifer Protection Agency (APA) this week endorsed an aquifer protection planning report for the 74-unit River Walk at Sandy Hook Village condominium complex, which is proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a special meeting on the morning of July 28, the five APA members who were present unanimously decided that the project proposed for an 11.8-acre site at #10 through #22 Washington Avenue would have no significant adverse effects on the underlying Pootatuck Aquifer.

  • Caucuses Solidify Democrat, Republican Slates For November’s Local Ballot; Big Changes On Finance Board

    While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at  Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates.