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  • Holiday Closings: Independence Day

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    June 30, 2014, Monday

    All town offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day . It is also a holiday for the USPS, so there is no regular mail delivery/ pickup or retail services. The transfer station, Booth Library, Newtown Senior Center and even the offices of The Newtown Bee will all be closed...Read Full Article

  • Guided By Kindness

    Fran Simone
    Letters To The Editor
    June 30, 2014, Monday
  • Anthem Links Rate Hike Proposal To Hepatitis C Drugs, State Law

    Arielle Levin Becker ©The Connecticut Mirror
    Latest News
    June 30, 2014, Monday

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said Friday that the company needs to raise rates on its individual-market policies by an average of 12.5 percent to account for rising pharmaceutical costs, particularly costly new Hepatitis C drugs. During a public hearing at the Connecticut Insurance De...Read Full Article

  • Philip R. Linley

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    June 30, 2014, Monday

    Philip R. Linley, 88, of Fairfield, died on June 27 at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Deb Linley of Newtown, two grandsons he thought the world of, Brett and Richard; and several nieces and nephews....Read Full Article

  • Pastel Demo By Buchanan During Next SCAN Program

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    June 30, 2014, Monday
    “Sandbox Play” is a pastel by Clayton Buchanan, who will be the guest artist at the next Society of Creative Arts of Newtown program.

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Clayton Buchanan, an internationally known artist, offering a demonstration during its meeting on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free. Mr Buchan...Read Full Article

  • Local Businesses Among County’s ‘Best’ Winners

    Kendra Bobowick
    Business
    June 30, 2014, Monday
    Representing many of the businesses awarded in the Best of Fairfield County Reader’s Choice Poll conducted by CTNow.com, and several town officials, from left, seated, are Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker, Kathy Leaman (Salon Michelle), Irene Caulfield (Sabrina Style),  Naturopathic Physician Dr Deb Bossio, Alexa Calo (CrossFit Hook’d); standing middle row, Melissa Ranadan and Yilenny Nunez  (PhysiciansOne Urgent Care Newtown), Debra Sullivan (Newtown MediSpa), Melanie Mattegat (Julie Allen Bridal), Jacquie Davis (Salon Michelle), Patty Sullivan (Newtown MediSpa), First Selectman Pat Llodra, Lauren Milano (CrossFit Hook’d); standing back row, Andy Sachs (Coldwell Banker), Betsy Paynter (Economic Development Commission), Steve Ford (Butcher’s Best), Land Use Agency Director George Benson, and Ryan Berger (CrossFit Hook’d).

    A variety of Newtown businesses were among those ranked as top choices in the recent Best of Fairfield County Reader’s Choice Poll conducted by CTNow.com. Gathered Friday, June 6, for a lunch and celebration at Barnwood Grill on Queen Street were several of the winners, which included real estate...Read Full Article

  • Margaret Henderson

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    June 30, 2014, Monday

    Margaret Anne “Margy” Henderson, 72, died peacefully on June 25 in Shelburne, Vt., with the love and care of family, friends, and staff at Wake Robin. She was born on December 8, 1941, in Richmond, Va., grew up in Schenectady, N.Y., and lived nearly 40 years in and around Newtown before retiring...Read Full Article

  • NHS CTIA Students Reflect On Student Innovation Expo

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    June 30, 2014, Monday
    Newtown High School Connecticut Innovation Academy (CTIA) students and their teacher stood together at the May 17 Connecticut Student Innovation Expo in Hartford. From left,  are Rachel D’Ausilio, Jackie Winkler, and Carol Cook; back row, Ellie Nikitchyuk, teacher Kristin Violette, Collin Tod, Mason Galanis, and Robert Purat.

    Nearly a month after participating and earning the top title in their category at the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo in Hartford, Newtown High School Connecticut Innovation Academy (CTIA) students were still excited about the product they created this school year. This was the second year in a...Read Full Article

  • A Glimpse Of The Garden: Decades Of Delight

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Features
    June 29, 2014, Sunday
    As peony and Siberian iris fade, the bearded iris in the roadside garden begins to bloom.

    “A Glimpse Of The Garden” is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener’s work — a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory. What is down the garden path of your friends and neighbors? What is down your garden path? Th...Read Full Article

  • ‘Easygoing’ Bees At The Victory Garden

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 29, 2014, Sunday
    The lower right cell, which looks like a peanut shell at the bottom of the comb, is the queen bee’s cell. Mr Shwartz hopes she will emerge and eventually form a new colony.

    Jeff Shwartz is a beekeeper, which entails much more than a sweet, amber-colored reward. “Believe it or not, I thought I wanted honey,” he said. Regarding the work he began in 2007, he said, “I thought that a couple of times a year you pull on a deep sea diving suit and steal honey” from the...Read Full Article

  • Grocery Store Car Show Raises $10,000 For Food Pantry

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    Stop & Shop Store Manager Rich Marcuccio, right, FAITH Food Pantry co-chair Nancy Taylor and event co-organizer and Newtown resident Chris Sferruzzo gathered in front of several pallets of food collected for FAITH Food Pantry during a June 14 car show and raffle held at the South Main Street grocer...Read Full Article

  • NHS Classes Reunite

    Kendra Bobowick
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday
    Longtime friends June Hanna (’59), left, and Martha Rohleder Dayton (’61) spent a few minutes trying to remember exactly when they had first met as girls growing up in town. They reminisced about Ms Hanna’s father, who ran a general store, and she noted that she can count seven generations of her family in town. The two grew up as neighbors on Church Hill Road.

    Gathering over cocktails and dinner at The Inn at Newtown on Saturday, June 21, were members of Newtown High School graduating classes including 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962....Read Full Article

  • Newtown’s ‘Diver Doctor’ Goes 60 Feet Under With Fabian Cousteau

    John Voket
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    A chance meeting between Newtown’s “diver doctor” David Charash, MD, and famed third-generation oceanographer Fabian Cousteau during a symposium at Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium last February has bloomed into a friendship that most recently prompted an invitation to Cousteau’s laboratory —...Read Full Article

  • Aphasia Month Gives A Voice To Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves

    John Voket
    Health
    June 28, 2014, Saturday
    Susan Wortman-Jutt, MS, CCC-SLP

    During her long journalism career, which included producing The Newtown Bee’s quarterly Health Monitor, former associate editor Kaaren Valenta learned a lot about many conditions and maladies affecting individuals here in town and across the globe. But she never envisioned herself in retirement, b...Read Full Article

  • SHS Project Firm Chosen To Manage Community Center Development

    John Voket
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    The Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), which is representing the town in overseeing the new community center development, has selected a familiar firm to handle management as the project begins ramping up. Chairman Robert Mitchell said the PBSC requested Diversified Project Management (DPM)...Read Full Article

  • Fire Officials Raise Concerns About Regional Dispatch Proposal

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    Fire officials this week voiced concerns about the implications of a proposal to have the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls move about 25 miles from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety C...Read Full Article

  • P&Z Rejects Expanding Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    Following a June 19 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members declined to revise the zoning regulations for the M-2A (Industrial) zone located in Hawleyville, as had been requested by the Economic Development Commission (EDC)The EDC had sought to have the P&Z add three uses to the...Read Full Article

  • Farmers Market Opens For The Season

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 28, 2014, Saturday
    Herbalist Alexandria Leigh displays the mixtures of nourishing plants and herbs used for skin care and other natural treatments.

    Gusts of wind interrupted the sunny day, causing merchants and guests at the first Farmers Market of the season at Fairfield Hills to grab for tent posts. The market is open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 pm....Read Full Article

  • Sandy Hook Parents Relate Concerns To Governor’s Panel In Wake Of 12/14

    Dave Collins, Associated Press
    Latest News
    June 28, 2014, Saturday

    (AP) In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, communication between town officials and victims' parents broke down at times, ranging from delayed notification about counseling programs to deciding to remove photos of victims from the school yearbook without telling families, a parent told a...Read Full Article

  • Start Summer With Kindness: Charlotte’s Lemonade Stand Starter Kits Available Saturday

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    June 27, 2014, Friday
    Charlotte’s Lemonade Stand starter kits include Random Act of Kindness cards that children can hand to those who visit their lemonade stands.

    As the summer heats up, lemonade stands will begin sprouting in neighborhoods. While some kids are using lemonade stands for some extra change, Newtown Kindness, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster kindness in children, has created a lemonade stand revolution with a catch: the kids who...Read Full Article