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  • Torpedoes Continue Fundraising Efforts

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    January 31, 2015, Saturday
    The Newtown Torpedoes Swim-A-Thon, held at Newtown High School on January 31, drew dozens of swimmers who are raising money through donations and pledges for the Newtown Scholarship Association to support The Daniel Barden Newtown Torpedo Scholarship, as well as go toward present and future needs of the team.

    The Newtown Torpedoes youth swim program, sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation, held its second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School on January 31. Dozens of swimmers in three age groups – 8 and unders, 9-10-year-olds, and 11 and overs – combined to complete consecutive laps during the f...Read Full Article

  • McGeorgi’s To Close Doors

    Andrea Valluzzo
    Business
    January 31, 2015, Saturday
    Carl Georgi II, known to most simply as McGeorgi, will be closing his antiques and consignment shop here around the end of February. Standing at the front of his store, he wears his signature tweed ivy cap he is rarely seen without.

    A staple of Main Street, Anywhere, USA, for decades has been the quaint old antiques shop, laden floor to ceiling with antiques and objects of all manner. It is always a sad day to see this kind of history go when one of these shops closes and harder still when it hits close to home. Around the end...Read Full Article

  • Stormwater Permit Revisions Still Drawing Objections From Towns, Officials

    John Voket
    Latest News
    January 31, 2015, Saturday

    On Monday, January 26, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released revisions to a proposed permit for the management and oversight of municipal stormwater systems. The agency touted the draft as offering municipalities and institutions less costly and more flexi...Read Full Article

  • Winter Tips For Feeding Birds

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Features
    January 31, 2015, Saturday
    A crow flies off with a salty cheese snack found at an area bird feeder. Seeds, fruits, and nuts provide energy for birds in winter, but salt is also a necessary mineral for these creatures.           

    “The North Wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, and what will poor robin do then?” If he is lucky, he will visit a clean and well-stocked bird feeder. We are quick to hustle off to the grocery store when winter storms threaten. But what about the many songbirds that do not have such a handy s...Read Full Article

  • NHS Students Earn Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 31, 2015, Saturday
    Mike Triantafilidis’s “Behind the Blue” earned a Design Honorable Mention.

    A number of Newtown High School students have earned honors for their works submitted for the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. As announced by the Connecticut Art Education Association, Inc, and the Hartford Art Schools, the 26th Annual Connecticut Regional S...Read Full Article

  • Eighth Grade Parent Night Set At NHS

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    January 31, 2015, Saturday

    Newtown High School has scheduled an evening orientation event for eighth grade students and their parents for Wednesday, February 11. The event will begin at 5, when tours will be offered by NHS HAWKS Honor Society members. Tours will run every 15 minutes and will last approximately 45 minutes. The...Read Full Article

  • Binky Patrol Seeking Fleece Donations

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    January 31, 2015, Saturday

    The Binky Patrol of Monroe-Trumbull is planning for its third Binkathon, during which members and the public will create a large number of small blankets for children. Binky Patrol is a national nonprofit organization that makes and gives “binkies,” or comforting blankets, to children in need. B...Read Full Article

  • Boys’ Basketball Team Bounces Back From Streak-Ending Defeat

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    January 31, 2015, Saturday
    Newtown defenders Jacob Burden, Will Dalton, and Dylan Palumbo defend Bunnell's Ryan Pittman during a 63-45 loss on January 29. The Nighthawks won their next game, defeating New Milford 60-55 one night later.

    After seeing their seven-game winning streak stopped by host Bunnell of Stratford on January 29, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team didn’t wait long to begin what they hope is another long stretch of victories. The Nighthawks, one night later, got past host New Milford 60-55 to improv...Read Full Article

  • NYFS Receives Grant From Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday

    Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has awarded a $40,000 competitive grant to Newtown Youth & Family Services Inc. This grant will provide funding for an NYFS case manager, help support NYFS social groups programs, be used to hire and train two new mentors for those social groups, and assist...Read Full Article

  • Malloy Links I-84 Widening To Region’s Economic Growth

    John Voket
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker looks on as Governor Dannel P. Malloy addresses a small gathering of media representatives during a brief press conference held at the Interstate 84 Exit 2 Welcome Center on January 22. 

    At a brief, windswept press conference staged at the I-84 Exit 2 Welcome Center January 22, Governor Dannel P. Malloy said widening Interstate 84 in both directions through Danbury is critical for economic growth in western Connecticut, as well as easing rush-hour traffic along that heavily congeste...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Dodges Juno’s Worst, Residents Cooperate With Travel, Parking Bans

    John Voket, Kendra Bobowick & Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    A Connecticut DOT truck heads west on Church Hill Road Monday, January 26, passing through the Queen Street intersection. “Rush hour” was anything but rushing, with many people taking the advice of town and state officials to get off the roads as early as possible once Winter Storm Juno arrived.    

    This summary of Winter Storm Juno also appears in The Newtown Bee print edition of January 30, 2015. Stories by Bee Editorial staff were also posted online as the storm approached, arrived and then dispersed earlier this week. || Residents were well prepared this week for Winter Storm Juno, which wa...Read Full Article

  • Plowing Snow Onto Roadways Illegal, Dangerous

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday

    In a statement, police said this week that plowing snow from private driveways and walkways onto roadways is illegal and dangerous. Private snowplow drivers and homeowners are legally liable when snow is plowed onto roadways. All residents are also reminded that Newtown has an overnight parking rest...Read Full Article

  • ‘Successful Partners’ To Star At Working Women’s Forum

    The Newtown Bee
    Business
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    Mary Wilson and Patrick Kearney, the co-owners of Queen Street Gifts & Treats, will be the guest speakers for the next Working Women's Forum.

    The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk titled “Successfully Working With A Partner.” Mary Wilson and Patrick Kearney, who are owners of Queen Street Gifts & Treats, have been friends for more than 30 years. They will discuss the...Read Full Article

  • Fire Marshal Urges Snow Removal

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday

    The town fire marshal’s office is asking for help from the public in terms of snow removal. Fire Marshal Bill Halstead asks that people who have a conventional fire hydrant, a dry hydrant, or a fire suppression water storage tank located in front of their businesses or residences, or which is loca...Read Full Article

  • Selectmen Review, Approve Police, Parks, Highway Dept. Budget Requests

    John Voket
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday

    In a special meeting Wednesday, January 29, the Board of Selectmen continued the process of reviewing and approving recommendations for a dozen department budget requests, including several of the largest spending proposals tendered by the police, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments. T...Read Full Article

  • Management Takes Steps To Address Growing Pains At Nunnawauk Meadows

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Latest News
    January 30, 2015, Friday

    Since opening in 1975 with 40 one-bedroom units, Nunnawauk Meadows has provided affordable housing for the elderly in Newtown. The community on Nunnawauk Road, off Mile Hill Road, has expanded more than once in the past 40 years, with current units now numbering 134. More than More than 150 resident...Read Full Article

  • Health Officials Focusing On ‘Critical Numbers’ During Heart Month

    John Voket
    Health
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert and a team of local and regional health partners plan to ramp up efforts this February, American Heart Month, building awareness of critical health data available to everyone to better monitor and enhance their heart health. The “Know Your Numbers” campaign will help residents understand key measurements of one’s own blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.

    Quick, can you remember your bank PIN? How about the last four digits of your phone number…or the month and year your go-to credit card expires? With more and more numbers swirling around in our heads, and as February — American Heart Month — approaches, the Newtown Health District wants resid...Read Full Article

  • A World Of Playgrounds Remember 12/14

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Features
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    Black Plexiglas signage with laminated faux gold leaf printing lists the names and ages and building information for each Tilt-A-World playground dedicated to the memory of those who were killed on 12/14.     

    Tilt-A-World, founded by Pastor Dan Kelly of Second Chance Bible Church in Bethel, has been building playgrounds for orphanages around the world for ten years. Since 12/14, though, Pastor Kelly has dedicated each of the playgrounds to the memories of the 26 people who died at Sandy Hook Elementary S...Read Full Article

  • Snapshot: Jim Widmann

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    Jim Widmann is this week's Snapshot profile.

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

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    January 30, 2015, Friday
    A snow covered trail, or a path already trodden down - which would you prefer?

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