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  • Celebrating 160 Years Part 2 - NSB Staffers Share Thoughts, Memories, Stories

    Newtown Savings Bank, with its headquarters on Main Street, is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2015. In this second part of our feature, The Newtown Bee will be bring readers a glimpse into this community institution through the eyes of a number of its employees, some who have spent an entire career spanning decades at the bank. But first, some history: During the Industrial Revolution, commercial banks did not serve small depositors, so to compensate, citizen volunteers created mutual savings banks to benefit their communities. Under these principles, in 1855, Newtown Savings Bank became the 23rd savings institution founded in Connecticut.

  • Celebrating 160 Years Part 1 - NSB Staffers Share Thoughts, Memories, Stories

    Newtown Savings Bank, with its headquarters on Main Street, is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2015. Over the next few weeks, The Newtown Bee will be bring readers a glimpse into this community institution through the eyes of a number of its employees, some who have spent an entire career spanning decades at the bank. But first, some history: During the Industrial Revolution, commercial banks did not serve small depositors, so to compensate, citizen volunteers created mutual savings banks to benefit their communities. Under these principles, in 1855, Newtown Savings Bank became the 23rd savings institution founded in Connecticut.

  • Just In Time For A Hot Summer: Fruit Plus Maple Syrup Equals Fruple

    Fruple is a gluten-free, dairyless frozen dessert option made solely of organic fruits and maple syrup. It is really about making parents’ lives a little easier, said Dave Ackert, in describing how he has gone from selling advertising and sponsorships for apps and websites to stirring up what he hopes will be the next snack sensation. Mr Ackert and his wife, Eve, along with their two children, are the creators and distributors of Fruple, an all-natural iced dessert. The frozen treat is the family's answer to oversweetened, artificially flavored and colored treats that populate the marketplace.

  • Newtown’s Monte Frank Named CBA President-Elect

    NEW BRITAIN — Beginning July 1, attorney Monte E. Frank will serve as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) during the 2015-2016 bar year. In his role as a principal in Cohen and Wolf's litigation and municipal groups, Mr Frank represents business and municipal clients in the state and federal courts in Connecticut on a wide range of matters. He regularly represents clients in mediation and arbitration in Connecticut and other states. He has served as an attorney trial referee, factfinder, and arbitrator for the Judicial District of Danbury since 2000.

  • Newtown Chamber Event Will Focus On Payment Processing

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is continuing to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro, 97 South Main Street, on Wednesday, July 8, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Lucille Harriman of Wells Fargo Bank. Her presentation is titled “Preparing for the ‘Chip’ — What Your Business Needs to Know About Payment Processing,”

  • Newtowner Advises Regular Duct Cleaning For Optimum Health, HVAC Efficiency

    Newtown resident Jason Besse, who owns and operates New England Duct Care, approaches every job with two things in mind - improving the health of his customers, along with the operational health of their heating and air conditioning systems. "We spend 70 percent of our time breathing indoor air," Mr Besse told The Newtown Bee. "So having heating and air ducts cleaned regularly will ensure indoor air is free or nearly free of pollen, mold, pet dander, dirt and other particulate matter that can affect your breathing." Just a short time after Mr Besse decided to invest in his state-of-the-art duct cleaning machine, he saw the results with his own eyes.

  • Salon Michelle Holds Ribbon Cutting, Plans Grand Opening

    Town officials joined Salon Michelle's owner and staff for a ribbon cutting celebrating the business’ new location at the corner of Queen Street and Church Hill Road. Among those attending are, from left, Newtown Economic Development Commissioner Matt Mihalcik, Kerry McKenna, Ashley Hernandez, owner Michelle Schettino-Hawli, Jacquie Davis, First Selectman Pat Llodra, Alison Carrier, Kathy Leaman, Mary Strantini, EDC Chair Jean Leonard, Jackie Stakel, and Cathy Kallay. The salon is planning a public grand opening event on July 25.

  • Networking Event On Planning Your Legacy

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is inviting all local business professionals to its next free monthly networking event at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on Wednesday, June 10, at 8 am.  The guest speaker is Chris Farrugio of Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, who will present “Your Life, Your Legacy: Plan to Make it Right.”

  • Grand Opening Saturday: Pouring On The Mom And Pop Hospitality, Warehouse Values At Fairgrounds

    Not sure which wine will be perfect for that special meal or gathering? What about impressing your colleagues with the hottest new bourbon? And where can you get your hands on that exotic craft brew you can’t find anywhere else? One quick — or leisurely — stop into the new Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits in Sand Hill Plaza and you’ve got it covered. Since acquiring the business late last September, owner Paul Moeller, his son Peter, and a growing, knowledgeable staff have been working reoutfitting the familiar location adjacent to Stop & Shop into a brand-new space. With all the final touches in place, the Moellers invite all to the package store’s grand opening celebration Saturday, May 30.

  • An Annual Showcase Of Local Business

    With catering trays set out on a white linen cloth and fresh cut lilacs giving off a faint honey scent, Susan Anzalone and Kathy Appling from The Inn at Newtown were among the many restaurants and businesses showcasing their services during Destination Newtown. The 12th annual event, presented by Newtown Chamber of Commerce, was held again this year at Rock Ridge Country Club.