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  • NFA Purchases 27 Acres For Preservation

    Kendra Bobowick
    Latest News
    June 30, 2013, Sunday
    Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Vice President Bart Smith, left, and President Bob Eckenrodelook at area maps for the NFA’s recently purchased property at 196 Hattertown Road. 

    “Just close your eyes and listen,” said Newtown Forest Association President Robert Eckenrode. He stood on an overgrown old farming road beside a stream; its splashing sounds mingled with birdsong and a gentle breeze. Referring to a 1934 aerial photograph of the 27.6-acre parcel at 196 Hattertow...Read Full Article

  • NYFS Annual Meeting Honored Volunteers, Others

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Latest News
    June 30, 2013, Sunday

    During its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24, the Board of Directors and staff of Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) honored those who have helped the town and the nonprofit mental health clinic and youth service bureau throughout the last year. The board also honored its retiring members for th...Read Full Article

  • ‘From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook’ To Air On Select Public Television Stations In July

    The Newtown Bee
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    June 30, 2013, Sunday
    Michael Cerveris, with members of the Newtown High School Chamber Choir, performed “Finishing The Hat” during “From Broadway with Love.”

    “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook”, which took place on January 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, will begin airing on select public television stations throughout the tri-state area in July. “From Broadway With Love” was a concert of healing for the Newtown co...Read Full Article

  • Watercolor Landscape Demo, July 10 At Meeting House

    The Newtown Bee
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    June 30, 2013, Sunday
    "Connecticut Stream" is a watercolor by Adele Moros, who will be the guest artist for a free workshop hosted by The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown on July 10.

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Adele Moros painting a watercolor landscape at a meeting of SCAN on Wednesday, ly 10, at 7:30 pm. This demo will take place in the lower meeting room at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). It is not necessary to be a membe...Read Full Article

  • Father’s Day Ribbon Cutting A Joyful Celebration

    Nancy Crevier
    Latest News
    June 29, 2013, Saturday
    Members of the Hurley family crowd around the flagpole in front of Lorraine and Mike Hurley’s South Main Street home, Sunday, June 16, to cut a yellow ribbon, signifying son-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wallen’s safe return from Iraq. From left are Rusty and Grace Kuehling, Micaela McMurrough and Mike Hurley. Maggie Kuehling reaches for the yellow ribbon, while brother Shawn gets tough.   

    A special ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the home of Lorraine and Mike Hurley, on South Main Street, on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16. For the fourth — and hopefully final — time, family members gathered around the American flag in the front yard to cut a a yellow ribbon. This one had be...Read Full Article

  • Returning July 13: Something Old, And Always Something New At Annual Book Sale

    Nancy Crevier
    Features
    June 29, 2013, Saturday
    Star Trek, Star Wars and Dr Who selections are among the unusual number of science fiction books, comics, graphic novels and DVDs the Friends will have to sell at this year’s book sale.

    Those who are familiar with the annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale know that the volunteers strive to make each year bigger and better than the previous one. Whether it is a change of venue that offers air-conditioned comfort, precise categorization of fiction and nonfiction books, o...Read Full Article

  • Selectmen Slated To Approve $67k In Salary, Wage, Benefit Bumps July 1

    John Voket
    Latest News
    June 29, 2013, Saturday
    Selectmen James Gaston, Sr, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers will take up a number of transfers at a regular meeting July 1 including $67,477 requested to cover salary and benefit increases for the Public Works Dept and 14 nonunion town staffers.

    The Board of Selectmen is due to take up several capital and wage related transfers Monday night, July 1 at one of two regular summer meetings planned before September. The two highest profile actions on the agenda are the transfers of $161,579 from the Capital budget line to Contingency. Then a com...Read Full Article

  • Snapshot: Erin Baier

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    Erin Baier is this week's snapshot.

    A weekly profile of a local resident....Read Full Article

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    These four young women are going door-to-door in their Quarry Ridge neighborhood, handwashing cars.

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view....Read Full Article

  • Theater Review: A Celebration Of One Very Talented Collaborative Duo

    Julie Stern
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    Danbury’s Musicals at Richter has opened its 29th season under the stars with “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” celebrating classic songs from many of the celebrated duo’s shows. Pictured in a number from The Sound of Music are Monica Enright (playing guitar), who is joined by (standing, from left) Rachel Salvador, Jack Armstrong, Dominique Altomari, Thomas Armstrong, and Lindsay Cronin. Seated, from left, are Olivia Cotter and Clara Blackwell.

    This year Musicals at Richter has departed from its usual format by having their first production be a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening, a review of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, some forty numbers chosen from their most popular showsincluding Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South...Read Full Article

  • Moving Communities Forward Is The Goal For Facilitator

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Latest News
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    Richard Harwood of The Harwood Institute led the 28-member Sandy Hook School Task Force through the steps leading to a unanimous recommendation.

    It takes stamina, experience, and a belief in one’s self and others to turn chaos into transformation. Standing in front of The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force the evening of April 5, Richard Harwood looked into the eyes of the task force members, most of whom he was meeting for the first t...Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    This tea house was among many in Newtown catering to tourists in the 1920s and 1930s. Sophie’s Tea House, in this circa 1925 photograph, was located near the junction of Route 25 and Washbrook Road. It was operated by Sophie Kraepelin from 1923 to 1929. James Solen then purchased it and renovated the building, renaming it The Pines. The Pines was destroyed by fire in the late 1960s.    —From Newtown 1900 to 1960 by Dan Cruson

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago....Read Full Article

  • Great Newtown Reunion Announces Ticket Sales, Event Updates

    John Voket
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    Una Lucey, left, and Wendy Lee Hewitt, co-organizers of The Great Newtown Reunion, stand on the site of the planned July 27 event. Tickets for the all-day and evening festivities are on sale now for $65. 

    The Great Newtown Reunion Committee has opened up the process for individuals wishing to purchase a ticket to the all-day July 27 event. The event is open to all current and former students of Newtown public schools and St Rose, as well as faculty, administrative staff, maintenance, independent bus...Read Full Article

  • Another Successful Rabies Vaccine Clinic

    Debbie A. Aurelia
    Letters To The Editor
    June 28, 2013, Friday

    To the Editor: On June 15th the town clerk's office sponsored its 28th Annual Low Cost Rabies Clinic. A very special thank you to Dr. Rakesh Vali, DVM and his Assistant Mary Thompson of Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital for donating their time that morning to vaccinate over 60 pets in under two hours....Read Full Article

  • Maine Man Proposes Large-Scale Horse Facility In Town

    Andy Hutchison
    Latest News
    June 28, 2013, Friday

    Imagine an Old Sturbridge Village-like complex complete with a farrier/blacksmith shop, general store with a potbelly stove, farm animals, and several horse barn structures for riding lessons and performances … right here in Newtown. George Mason is......Read Full Article

  • A Spring Ballet

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    The spring show included solo routines.

    A dress rehearsal for Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet’s annual spring performance took place at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, June 20, before the curtains opened on the show that weekend. The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company danced to both contemporary and classical sounds from......Read Full Article

  • Tending Their Row

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 28, 2013, Friday
  • A Fine Send-Off For Library Director

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Latest News
    June 28, 2013, Friday
    An inscribed pewter wine chiller and a bottle of chocolate wine are the send off gift from the library staff to Ms Woycik.

    Dozens of people gathered at a special reception, Friday afternoon, June 26, to honor departing C.H. Booth Library director Janet Woycik. Hosted by the library Board of Directors, guests included many who have rubbed shoulders with Ms Woycik over the years, including staff, former staff, and town of...Read Full Article

  • Summer Jam Brings Music To Children

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 27, 2013, Thursday
    A large crowd gathered before the new band shell on June 26, where a Wednesday afternoon concert series is being offered for children this summer.

    Just past noon Wednesday, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys stepped on stage as a crowd of families, summer day campers, and parents grew. The first concert of the new Summer Jam Concert Series was about to begin. By 12:30 pm Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold introduced Ms Trien, a frien...Read Full Article

  • 12/14 And Related Issues Presented Bolinsky With An Atypical Freshman Term

    John Voket
    Latest News
    June 27, 2013, Thursday
    Rep Mitch Bolinsky

    Shortly after he took his oath of office to represent Newtown in Connecticut's 116th District, Mitch Bolinsky came to The Newtown Bee with a stack of proposals, and to talk about what he hoped to accomplish in his freshman term. He returned to the newspaper a few days after the close of that histori...Read Full Article