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  • Blumenthal Wants Legislation Protecting Drivers From Auto Security, Privacy Risks

    WASHINGTON, DC — As both Congress and the federal government struggle to develop a strategy for the “Internet of Things,” and responding to the increasing use of connected devices, including automobiles, US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J.

  • Theater Review: In Very Good ‘Company’ At TBTA

    BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) summer musical production of Steven Sondheim’s Company, with book by George Furth, is not to be missed. The caliber of this production excels in every capacity.

    Maureen Trotto has brought to life a funny, touching and realistic musical examination of marriage in its modern form. Her precise and expert direction captures the essence of Sondheim’s message of the indelible value of an institution that is often a messy, aggravating pain in the neck.

  • Theater Preview: ‘Hairspray,’ With Regional Actors, At Wolfe Park This Weekend

    MONROE — Led by Jessica Nivison as Tracy Turnblad, a color blind teen in the early 1960’s who is passionate about equal rights and integration, Two Planks Theater Company’s production of  Hairspray will deliver a timely message under its shimmering veneer of quick-step dance steps and upbeat rock ‘n roll music.

  • So Much Kindness And Love

    To the Editor:

    When our granddaughter Rebecca Townsend was killed in an accident on July 2, our whole family was overwhelmed with shock and grief. But we could not and did not anticipate the incredible sympathy and support that we would receive from so many in the extended community. Now that the darkness of those first days has been followed by so much kindness and love, we would like to thank the people and organizations responsible for guiding us through those days.

  • Summer Jam Concert Series Moving To Hawley School Today

    Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that due to the threatening weather, today’s Summer Jam Concert Series will take place at Hawley School.

    The outdoor series will move into the gymnasium of the school, at 29 Church Hill Road. There is no admission charge for the concert.

    The third annual series sponsored by Claris Construction offers children and parents a weekly musical offerings, usually performed at Dickinson Park. The July 21 concert will be headlined by PBS personality SteveSongs, a/k/a Mr Steve.

  • NJWC Hoping For Financial Help Filling Backpacks

    Since 1997, The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has annually donated back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies through their Backpack Program to fulfill the needs of children in Newtown. Newtown Social Services works in coordination with NJWC to inform the club about quantities and supplies needed.

    This year the club expects to fill approximately 92 backpacks with required supplies.

  • Main Street Flag Lowered For Chattanooga Shooting Victims

    UPDATE (Monday, July 20, 2015; 3:52 pm): This story has been updated to reflect that Governor Malloy ordered US and State of Conneticut flags to be lowered to honor those killed in Tennessee last week.

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    Hook & Ladder firefighters lowered the flag on Main Street to half-staff this morning, to honor the five servicemen killed last week in a shooting incident in Tennessee.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Hollywood Pony Dreams

    Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.

  • Myriad Emotions To Be Expected During Town Players One-Act Presentations

    When a husband and wife don’t communicate, they sometimes end up finding out surprising – even shocking – things about one other. That’s the premise of The Problem by AR Gurney, one of the plays featured in Town Players of Newtown’s “Hot August Nights – One Acts,” which will run weekends July 31-August 8.

  • Tractor Supply Seeking South Main Street Location For New Store

    Tractor Supply Company, a major retailer whose product lines include agriculture, livestock, equine, pet care, home improvement, and lawn and garden maintenance, is seeking a preliminary land use approval from the town toward its goal of locating a new store on a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street.

    The property is on the west side of South Main Street, south of South Main Street’s intersection with Simm Lane.