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  • Hawk Wrestlers Capture State Open Title

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    Anothony Falbo, top, won the 170 pound weight division at the State Open. Falbo captured his second straight Open championship.

    There wasn’t much, if any, question as to which team was the best in all of the state. But Newtown High School’s wrestling team put to rest any doubts there may have been by earning the State Open championship, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, on February 28. The Nighthawks had...Read Full Article

  • Town IT Director Pitches Finance Board For New Staffer

    John Voket
    Latest News
    February 28, 2015, Saturday

    One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing...Read Full Article

  • NHS Prepping For ‘City Of Angels’

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    Newtown High School Choral Director Jane Matson, center, walked across the stage at NHS on Wednesday, February 18, while giving directions to cast members in the school’s upcoming musical production of City of Angels.

    Newtown High School students were busy working after school on Wednesday, February 18, to prepare for the upcoming musical production of City of Angels. City of Angels is a musical about a novelist trying to turn a book into a screenplay, and it shows both the plot of the writer’s attempt to cre...Read Full Article

  • Newtown’s Strong Showing In Winter Percussion/Guard Show

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    Newtown High School junior Jimmy Buck was all smiles while playing his quints in Newtown High School Winter Percussion’s production of “The Rainforest” on Saturday, February 21, during a USBands event at New Milford High School.      

    In the Winter Percussion’s first competition of the season, Newtown High School scored a 78.45 and walked away with the first place trophy in the Marching Percussion 2A division, defeating host New Milford High School on Saturday, February 21 in a USBands event. The 28-member NHS Winter Percussi...Read Full Article

  • National ChildSafe Program Hits Milestone

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    NSSF recently announced that its Project ChildSafe, a national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners, added 1,000 new supporters.

    National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry based in Newtown, announced recently that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors, and conservation groups have joined in promoting Project ChildSafe, a national program to encou...Read Full Article

  • Water Lines Fail Amid Extremely Cold Conditions

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    A group of Aquarion Water Company workers responded to a water line break, which was reported to police at about 7 am on Wednesday, February 25, on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road. The situation resulted in traffic detours while excavation and repairs were underway. 

    The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road. Water lines on Queen Street and Pine Tree Hill Road have also failed within recen...Read Full Article

  • Hershey’s/LBB Settlement Means Cadbury Fans Settle For Less

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Features
    February 28, 2015, Saturday
    Other candy bars are impacted by the settlement between Hershey’s and LBB, banning the import of certain chocolates for sale in the US.

    It is the little nuances that make the difference when biting into a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar made in the United Kingdom versus one made by Hershey’s in the United States, said Lisa Whitmore, who owns UK Gourmet in Newtown, along with husband Nigel, a native of England. Hershey’s has owned the rig...Read Full Article

  • Three Arrests, One Infraction Issued After NHS Drug ‘Sniff’ Friday

    John Voket
    Latest News
    February 28, 2015, Saturday

    A 40 minute drug sweep at Newtown High School the morning of February 27 resulted in the arrest of three students and the issuing of an infraction to a fourth, according to a release from the Newtown Police Department. Police say a "drug sniff" involving 12 passively trained K-9 narcotics teams was...Read Full Article

  • Boys Beaten By Barlow In SWC Quarters

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Jeremy Doski soars to the rim during Newtown's 55-45 loss to Barlow in the SWC tourney quarterfinals on February 27. Doski had seven points, six assists, and four rebounds in the game.

    Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team dropped a 55-45 decision to host Joel Barlow of Redding in the South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on February 27. The third-seeded Falcons broke open a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals. Sixth-se...Read Full Article

  • NHS Postseason Continues With Wrestling And Boys’ Hoops

    The Newtown Bee
    Sports
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Charlie Huegi dribbles the ball during Newtown's last regular-season game, at Stratford, on February 24. Newtown lost 46-45 in overtime, and looks to bounce back in the playoffs, beginning with SWC action at Barlow; tipoff of the quarterfinal round is set for 7 pm on Friday, February 27.

    The postseason is wrapping up for one sport and getting going for another as wrestling and basketball playoffs continue this weekend. Newtown High School’s wrestling team, coming off South-West Conference and Class LL state championships, is going for a State Open crown. The event is slated to sta...Read Full Article

  • P&Z Approves Major Subdivision In Dodgingtown

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    February 27, 2015, Friday

    Following detailed review during the past several months, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have conditionally approved The Preserve at Newtown, a planned 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. Notably, about half of the subdivision site would be preserved as undevelo...Read Full Article

  • Police Urge Vigilance After Spate Of Burglaries

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Lieutenant Richard Robinson, seen outside the police station at 3 Main Street, offered some tips this week on crime prevention in view of a recent spike in local burglaries.                                   

    Lieutenant Richard Robinson, who heads the police department’s detective unit, has a watchword for crime prevention: vigilance. Staying watchful and being alert to danger or trouble goes a long way toward preventing property crimes such as burglaries and thefts from occurring, he explained this we...Read Full Article

  • Time To Form Teams: Annual Battle Of The Books Scheduled For April 25

    The Newtown Bee
    Enjoy
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    The three-time champions of the Annual Battle of the Books, The Demented Bunnies Who Love to Read, from left, Nicole Palmieri, Katy Cassetta, Helena Szabo, and Arianna Shovak, have aged out of the competition, and a new winning team will be named following the April 25 event at C.H. Booth Library.

    The C.H. Booth Library invites young adults in grades 5-8 to test their knowledge of four great books, at the 11th Annual Battle of the Books Trivia Contest. The game is played in a Jeopardy® style format, similar to the television show. All teams hear the same question together, write their answer...Read Full Article

  • Local Representatives Testify On Prevailing Wage Proposal

    John Voket
    Latest News
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    State Representative J.P. Sredzinski, left, and Newtown Legislative Councilman Ryan Knapp take the microphone February 24 during a public hearing in Middletown that sought input on state prevailing wage reform.

    Newtown officials offered constructive comments along with members of the local legislative delegation at a public hearing in Middletown Tuesday, February 24, urging lawmakers in Hartford to grant municipalities relief from having to hire workers under a nearly quarter-century-old threshold that man...Read Full Article

  • Technology Program Offerings At The Library

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Newtown High School junior Brendan Gregory oversaw students taking his Computer Coding with Java course at C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, February 3.

    Newtown High School junior Brendan Gregory walked between a number of his own students on Tuesday, February 3, in C.H. Booth Library’s meeting room. Brendan has been overseeing the Computer Coding with Java program, for students in fifth grade and up, at the library, teaching younger students ho...Read Full Article

  • Community Mural Project Underway At Middle Gate School

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Middle Gate Elementary School student Fisher Stites began working on his corner of a mural on February 10. The mural will be one of nine created for the school’s cafeteria.

    Susan Rosano, an artist with Arts for Learning Connecticut who recently moved to Vermont, worked to prepare paints and one of what will be nine murals for Middle Gate Elementary School’s cafeteria during the evening of Tuesday, February 10. Ms Rosano was there thanks to a $6,000 grant Middle Gat...Read Full Article

  • SOTS Proposal To Eliminate Registrars Draws Local Response

    John Voket
    Latest News
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

    The late Judith Beaudreau, a very active registrar of voters from Vernon and longtime mentor of Newtown’s Democratic Registrar LeReine Frampton, often referred to those local elected officials as the “gatekeepers to democracy.” But those Democratic and Republican gatekeepers may be losing thei...Read Full Article

  • Community Forum On 2015-16 Spending Plan Set For March 10

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    February 27, 2015, Friday

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., in partnership with the district’s PTA presidents, is set to hold a community forum, “An All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, and the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” on Tuesday, March 10....Read Full Article

  • Snapshot: Beverly Panettiere

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    February 27, 2015, Friday
    Beverly Panettiere 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
    February 27, 2015, Friday

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