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  • Hawley Kindergarteners Learn About ‘Fine Gardening’

    Stephanie Fagan, the art director of Fine Gardening, published by The Taunton Press, visited with Hawley Elementary School kindergarten students on Friday, April 26. In math/science specialist Jenna Connors’s room, the kindergarteners learne...

  • Environmental Lessons Take Root

    Across the district, students received blue spruce saplings last week, thanks to volunteer work and donations. Now in its 26th year, the program began with an anonymous donor known as the Tree Lady. Through the October Hill Foundation grant, many trees hav...

  • PTSA Award Honors Dawn Hochsprung

    At this year’s annual Awards Dinner, held at Cascade, a banquet hall in Hamden, on April 25, the Connecticut PTSA not only named Dawn Hochsprung, one of the six adult victims on 12/14, its Elementary Principal of the Year, but also renamed the award after her. Connecticut PTSA President Jim Accomando said the annual Awards Dinner was well attended, and most of the night was directed at the Sandy Hook representatives in attendance. Ms Hochsprung’s family members were also invited to the event. A number of special moments occurred during the evening, according to Mr Accomando.

  • Local Fire Companies Ready To Grill For Great Newtown Reunion

    Agreements have been reached among members of the Great Newtown Reunion Committee, Hook & Ladder Fire Company No. 1, and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, with each of the fire companies heading up separate catering responsibilities for the gathering July 27 at Fairfield Hills. Members of Newtown Hook & Ladder will be hard at work when The Great Newtown Reunion kicks off on July 27, preparing thousands of burgers and hot dogs to be sold to reunion guests. As the late afternoon approaches, Hook & Ladder personnel will switch places with their Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue counterparts, who will then prepare lobsters and steak for the second phase of the day-long event.

  • HRRA Representatives Visit Middle Gate

    “Good morning and happy Earth Week,” said Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) Director Cheryl Reedy, greeting students at Middle Gate Elementary School on April 22. Ms Reedy and HRRA Assistant Director Jen Iannucci visited with stude...

  • Revolutionary Event, Random Hacks of Kindness To Be Hosted At Fraser Woods Montessori School

    Students at the Newtown’s Fraser Woods Montessori School are looking to give hacking a benevolent and altruistic reputation by partaking in a program associated with Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK). The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 4, at the Montessori school. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 30...

  • Adventure Center Open House Saturday, April 27

    The Children’s Adventure Center (CAC) Preschool is planning a communitywide open house on Saturday, April 27, to showcase a newly restored playground and new Sunshine Room. The event will run from 11 am until 2 pm, rain or shine. CAC is promoting &ld...

  • Sunshine Will Lighten The Electric Bill At Newtown Middle School

    If all goes according to plan, in the next few weeks Newtown Middle School will not only be a place for bright young minds to shine but it will also serve as a place to harness the power of the sun. Hundreds of three-by-five-foot photovoltaic modules sit a...

  • NMS Student An Author, Thanks To Online Writing Course

    Through an online travel blogging and social media course called Wandering Educators, Kathryn Blanco is now a published author. Kathryn, an eighth grade student at Newtown Middle School, is listed along with her fellow students from the course as one of th...

  • Authors And Illustrators To Visit Newtown During Children’s Book Week

    During Children’s Book Week, May 13–19, authors will visit schools on Friday, May 17, and give a “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown” presentation at Newtown Middle School for residents on Saturday, May 18. C.H. Booth Library’s Children’s Librarian Alana Bennison said she first heard from Robin Adelson, the executive director for the Children’s Book Council, Inc, in January. Ms Adelson told Ms Bennison that she had been approached by author Tony DiTerlizzi, who created The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black....