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  • Hoyt Leads Record Crowd At Annual Road Race

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    August 31, 2013, Saturday
    Runners take off at the start of the Newtown Road Race at Dickinson Park on August 31.

    Kevin Hoyt led a course record number of participants to claim top honors at the 8th Annual Newtown Road Race on a humid August 31 morning. The 5K race, which started and finished at Dickinson Park, featured 687 registered runners, according to Steve Meeker, director of the 5K an......Read Full Article

  • 52nd Annual Labor Day Parade Line Of March

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    Newtown will host its 52nd Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 2. The parade will follow its traditional route down Main Street, across Glover Avenue, and then onto Queen Street. The Parade Committee also decided this year to return the parade to its longstanding 10 am start.

    The 52nd Newtown Labor Day Parade will step off at 10 am on Monday, September 2. The theme of this year’s parade is “We Are Newtown — Marching Strong.” The parade route begins at the corner of Currituck Road and Main Street, and marchers will follow Main Street to its end, then turn left ont...Read Full Article

  • Esty To Hold Small Business Affordable Care Act Workshop, Tuesday In Danbury

    The Newtown Bee
    Business
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will be holding a second constituent service workshop to inform small businesses about the benefits the Affordable Care Act offers them and their employees on Tuesday evening. Representatives from Access Health CT, the US Department of Labor, and the US Small Business Ad...Read Full Article

  • State’s First West Nile Case Identified, Health Officials Say Take Precautions

    John Voket
    Health
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    Here are some places to check for standing water that could serve as environments for breeding mosquitoes:1. Stagnant water located in birdbaths should be changed every other day.2. Yard waste, such as lawn cuttings and raked leaves, which are present in gutters or storm drains, prevent water from flowing and harbor perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes.3. Low-lying depressions in lawn areas where water can collect should be filled in.4. Leaves and twigs can block roof gutters and eaves troughs and prevent proper water drainage.5. Compost should be turned over frequently and areas of organic matter, which provide a food source for mosquito larvae, should be collected and recycled immediately.6. Stagnant water of any kind is another breeding area for mosquitoes.7. Open or broken window screens and attic vents offer perfect avenues for mosquitoes to make their way into your home. Window screens should fit snugly into the frame, vents should remain closed and for further prevention, windows should also be shut during the hours of dusk and dawn.8. Pool covers can collect water and should be emptied right away. Wading pools need to also be turned over when they are not in use.9. Toys and other objects around the yard should be placed in an area where they won't collect rainwater.10. Mosquitoes are often attracted to containers of standing water in wheelbarrows or tires that are left outside. To avoid this, drill holes in the bottom of containers to allow water to flow out or turn over those items that are not in use.11. Leaky faucets should be closed tightly as water build-up can create breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

    Dumping out standing water around the yard – even as little as a half cup full – and closing down mosquitoes access to one’s home are the two best ways to avoid contracting West Nile Virus according to Donna Culbert, Newtown Health District Director. Her advice comes on the heels of an August...Read Full Article

  • John Francis McKeever III

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    John Francis McKeever III, 79, of Sandy Hook, died peacefully at home, August 28, after a 13-year courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Greenwich, October 19, 1933, the son of John and Esther McKeever....Read Full Article

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    A pillow that brings a smile to the face of this feline columnist.

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

  • Snapshot: Clare Francke

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    Clare Francke is this week's Snapshot profile.

    A weekly profile....Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    Very few pictures of the Gray’s Plain School exist but this 1890 photograph shows the class of Elizabeth Wheeler (to the left of the window), who later became Mrs Homer Clark. To Miss Wheeler’s left is Agnes Ryan, who became a highly controversial teacher at this school five years after this photograph was taken.     

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

  • Benefit Concert For Local Scholarship Fund

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    Newtown resident Gwynne Luminati Wittmann will join Alicia Cadmus for a concert to benefit the New Fairfield High School Rebel Music Boosters Scholarship Fund on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm. Susan Anthony-Klein will accompany on the piano. The fundraiser will be at St Edwards the Confesso...Read Full Article

  • Sixth Annual Mozart, Merlot And Mums For Kevin’s Community Center, September 7

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    Kevin’s Community Center, Newtown’s free, nonprofit medical clinic, will conduct its sixth annual major fundraiser, Mozart, Merlot and Mums, a community gathering of wine tasting, live music, garden tours, and local fare, on Saturday, September 7, from 4 to 7 pm, at the historic Budd House on Ma...Read Full Article

  • Organizers Announce Plans For 20th Anniversary Health Fair

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 30, 2013, Friday
    From left is Mae Schmidle, Health District Director Donna Culbert, and local chiropractor Dr Della Schmid, who are gearing up for the 20th Annual Newtown Health Fair, which is set for September 28 at Newtown Middle School. 

    On September 28 a group of local health professionals and volunteers will celebrate the 20th annual Health and Public Safety Fair. The four-hour event will again be offered at Newtown Middle School, and will offer free health screenings, free information and expertise, and plenty of health-related...Read Full Article

  • Accrediting Agency Schedules 2015 Visit To The High School

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Latest News
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions. Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that vis...Read Full Article

  • Stony Hill Business Group Holding Tag Sale To Benefit Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 30, 2013, Friday

    The Stony Hill Four Corners Association is planning a community tag sale to benefit the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company. Stony Hill Four Corners (SH4C) Association is comprised of businesses between Exits 8 and 9 in both Hawleyville and the Stony Hill area of Bethel. The event will be Sunday, Sep...Read Full Article

  • Anthony Samuel Russo

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    August 29, 2013, Thursday

    Anthony Samuel Russo, 82, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Mary Ann Russo, died August 26, at Bridgeport Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he was the son of the late Samuel Anthony Russo and Josephine Giammalva Russo....Read Full Article

  • Mitchell Fried

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    August 29, 2013, Thursday

    Mitchell Fried, 90, a resident of New Milford, N.J. for 60 years, died August 25. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Meyer and Esther Fried in 1923, he served his country during WWII in the US Army, from 1942 to 1946....Read Full Article

  • St Rose Friday Bingo Night Returning

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 29, 2013, Thursday

    A new season of St Rose Friday Bingo Nights will return on September 13 to the St Rose School Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games will run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings will feature substantial cash pri...Read Full Article

  • Sweet Life Dessert Comedy Theatre, September 7 At NHS

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    August 29, 2013, Thursday
    Christian comedian Scott Davis will bring his Sweet Life program to Newtown on September 7.

    “Sweet Life! Dessert Comedy Theatre,” on Saturday, September 7, will offer an evening of clean, family-friendly comedy by Scott Davis in the Newtown High School cafetorium. Hosted by Newtown Christian Church, the event will begin at 6 pm and will also include a dessert buffet featuring ice cream...Read Full Article

  • Calandro, Feinstein Soar To New Heights, Go The Extra Mile

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    August 29, 2013, Thursday

    Jenna Calandro and Jake Feinstein are two very different yet, in many ways, similar athletes. Both are track and field standouts — Calandro a pole vaulter and Feinstein a distance runner. Calandro is starting her senior year at Newtown High School, and Feinstein is about to......Read Full Article

  • Golf Outing To Benefit Possible Memorial

    The Newtown Bee
    Sports
    August 29, 2013, Thursday

    Shemin, The Landscape Supply Company will hold the 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic, set for 9 am on Tuesday, September 10, at the River Oaks course in Sherman. Money will be raised with the objective of it going toward a potential permanent Sandy Hook memo......Read Full Article

  • Classrooms Open, Buses Roll For The 2013-14 School Year

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    August 29, 2013, Thursday
    Sandy Hook School fourth grader Sofia Lebinski walked toward Sandy Hook School on August 27 for the first day of the 2013-14 school year. Across the district Tuesday, students were greeted by faculty and staff, and sometimes a therapy dog. 

    Students across the district stepped onto buses for the first time of the 2013-14 school year Tuesday, August 27, while teachers and school staff waited to welcome them. “By all reports, people were exceedingly pleased,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed......Read Full Article