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  • Sunlight Will Save Town On Energy Costs

    With the help of a hydraulic lift, members of Sound Solar Systems LLC fitted solar panels in place on the Parks & Recreation Department garage on Trades Lane Tuesday morning.

    The new solar system will cover “virtually the entire roof,” front and back, said Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

    Kathy Quinn, chair of the town’s Sustainable Energy Commission, was glad they are doing that there, she said, “because everyone can see it.”

  • New Tennis Courts Planned At Treadwell Park

    Jon Marc Jagush served a soft shot into the Parks and Recreation Commission’s court Tuesday night.

  • A Great Day For Running

    To the Editor:

  • Park Gift Fund: Donations For Playground, Benches, Dog Park, And More

    Ready to answer selectmen’s questions about their Park Gift Fund, a small account that has swelled due to a flood of post-12/14 contributions, Parks and Recreation Department Chairman Amy Mangold and commission Chairman Ed Marks spoke with selectmen Monday, February 3.

    As of January 31 this year, an influx of funds supporting a playground project, dog park, trees, gardens, and scholarships, the Park Gift Fund total is $299,785.88.

  • And Now, Something New: Park & Read!

    Mary Kate Halmose wants to start a lending library-type program at several town parks. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she pictures a weather-protected enclosure for Dickinson and Treadwell Parks, and Eichler’s Cove Marina.

    Sitting before the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday, January 14, she offered her ideas and answered questions.

    Member Jan Brookes asked, “So, some people could donate books, and others could borrow?”

  • Breakfast With Santa

    To the Editor:

    Smiles laughter and joy was felt by everyone that visit with Santa. [Breakfast With Santa on December 7 at Newtown Middle School.] I’d like to thank Motoko Ishihara Evans, Japanese Culture Consultant who performed a tea ceremony and origami cranes which were enjoyed by everyone. Later she wrote the children’s names in Japanese.

    Thank you to Dunkin Donuts, Bagel Delight and Newtown Deli for their generous donation to make this event a success.

  • A Generous Grant From GE

    To the Editor:

  • Trick Or Treat…Or Pizza At Dickinson Park

    Witches were more concerned about candy than casting spells, and super heroes, monsters, butterflies and bumble bees shared tables to eat pizza Thursday, October 24, as dusk fell over Dickinson Park. Again this year the Parks & Recreation Department offered hayrides and threw a Halloween party for young children.

  • Dickinson Playground To Close October 7, New Playscape To Be Constructed

    The FunSpace playground at Dickinson Park will close on October 7. Parks and Recreation Department crews will begin its demolition in preparation for construction of new play features there.

  • Donations Double Dickinson Playground Funds

    Turning a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) request of $438,000 into a $874,162 project through donated funds from various sources, Recreation Director Amy Mangold said this week that a full scale project for a new Dickinson Park playground can take place.