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  • Lacrosse Teams Rumble In Annual Tournament

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    May 31, 2015, Sunday
    Youth lacrosse players compete on the field at Treadwell Park during the Rooster Rumble lacrosse tourney, on May 30. The event brought together 20 teams, including a trio of Newtown squads.

    Treadwell Park was bustling with energetic lacrosse players throughout the day, on May 30. The park’s three fields – the Treadwell turf, grass, and Tilson surfaces – hosted the tenth annual Rooster Rumble, a lacrosse tournament for girls in grades seven and eight. Teams from as far away as Wes...Read Full Article

  • Girls’ Tennis Squad Wins State Opener; Boys Battle In Class LL Brackets

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    May 30, 2015, Saturday
    Lauren Beier hits a return during her opening-round win over Simsbury, at Newtown High, on May 30.

    Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team advanced in Class L state tournament play, and the boys’ squad began Class LL tourney action, on May 30. The girls’ team, seeded 15th, edged No. 18 Simsbury 4-3 in the qualifying round, at Newtown High. With the win, the Nighthawks earn a trip to seco...Read Full Article

  • Sandy Hook Garden Included In Garden Conservancy Open Days Program

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    May 30, 2015, Saturday
    An antique stone planter that journeyed from Redding to Sandy Hook when the Sanders moved to their Glen Road home in 2002 is the centerpiece of Jean’s cottage garden. The seven stones that create the base for the planter are from an estate in Maine.

    The first weekend of 2015 Open Day events hosted by The Garden Conservancy will be June 6-7. A number of gardens in Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven Counties will be open to the public those two days. Included in this year’s program is Jean Sander’s garden in Sandy Hook, which has been include...Read Full Article

  • Lisa Unleashed: Remembering The Animals Of The Great War

    Lisa Peterson
    Features
    May 30, 2015, Saturday

    Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868 where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century in...Read Full Article

  • NHS Production Of ‘City Of Angels’ Nominated For State Musical Theater Awards

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 30, 2015, Saturday
    Newtown High School students Emily Crebbin and Kyle Watkins, during dress rehearsal on March 17 for the NHS production of City of Angels. Both have been nominated for their roles in the production for the Annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.        

    Newtown High School’s musical production of "City of Angels," which ran March 19-22, has received 14 nominations for the Annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. A gala will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 1, and the winners will be announced during the evening eve...Read Full Article

  • NHS Chess Club Hosts Annual Open Tournament

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    William LeMay, left, and Brendan Gregory faced off in the first round of Newtown High School’s Open Chess Tournament, held on Thursday, May 14. Other contenders in the tournament were situated along the table in the school’s cafetorium.   

    With players lined up on either side of a table inside the school’s cafetorium, the Newtown High School Chess Club started its annual Open Chess Tournament on Thursday, May 14. Chess Club Advisor Steve Malary explained the rules of the tournament ahead of the tournament’s start. Dr Malary also...Read Full Article

  • Fraser Woods Holds Annual Grandparents Day

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Fraser Woods Montessori School student Nathanial Varda and his grandmother Marilyn Craughwell sat together on Monday, May 11, during the school’s annual Grandparents Day event.

    Grandparents were welcomed at Fraser Woods Montessori School on Monday, May 11, during the school’s annual Grandparents Day event. Food and beverages were served in the school’s commons, and all the attendees were welcomed to the event by Head of School Myriam Woods in the school’s gymnasium...Read Full Article

  • Annual Middle Gate Madness Event Unveiled New Art For The School

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Middle Gate Elementary School Principal Chris Geissler took his turn in a dunk tank during this year’s Middle Gate Madness.

    As part of this year’s Middle Gate Madness event, murals that were created by the school’s community were unveiled in the school’s cafeteria on Friday, May 15. The effort to create murals began in February, when Susan Rosano, an artist with Arts For Learning Connecticut who recently moved to V...Read Full Article

  • Charlotte’s Litter Visits Hawley Elementary School

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Hawley Elementary School kindergartener Henry Baraw met Ringo, a therapy dog that visited the school on Wednesday, May 13, as part of a visit to the school by Charlotte’s Litter volunteers.

    Throughout the day on Wednesday, May 13, Hawley Elementary School students were visited by therapy dogs, handlers, and representatives of Charlotte’s Litter. Charlotte’s Litter is a Newtown Kindness program that was founded by her parents to honor Charlotte Helen Bacon, who loved dogs and lost...Read Full Article

  • Sandy Hook School Spring Concert Assembly Held

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Sandy Hook School fourth grader Stephen Cook, left, dressed as a Star Wars character to represent contemporary music during a performance for the fourth grade’s Spring Concert assembly on Wednesday, May 13.

    Ahead of the chorus’s Spring Concert held on Thursday, May 14, Sandy Hook School’s fourth grade students sang during an assembly on Wednesday, May 13. Under the direction of Sandy Hook School music teacher Maryrose Kristopik, students performed songs both on their recorders and by singing. S...Read Full Article

  • Boys’ Golf Team Wins Conference Crown!

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Members of the Nighthawks celebrate winning the conference trophy.

    Last year was supposed to be the year, but this campaign turned out to be the one for Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team. The Nighthawks surprised defending champion Pomperaug of Southbury, and the rest of the field, to claim the South-West Conference championship at Danbury’s Ridgewood Cou...Read Full Article

  • School Board Approves Pilot Daycare Program For Staff, Hears “Culture & Climate” Report

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    The Board of Education approved on May 19 a pilot child care program that will be available for district staff and heard a report from a Climate and Culture Committee. Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, first introduced the idea of offering a child care program in Newtown for district s...Read Full Article

  • State Tournament Seedings And Brackets Announced

    The Newtown Bee
    Sports
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has posted state tournament seedings and brackets for softball, baseball, and boys’ lacrosse. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team will start state playoff action on the road, and the softball and baseball teams will get underway at home...Read Full Article

  • NHS Unified Theater To Perform ‘The Pages That Bind Us,’ Saturday And Sunday

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    The after-school Unified Theater program at Newtown High School is set to perform an original show, written by the students involved, called "The Pages That Bind Us," this weekend. Students wrote scenes based on a fairy tale theme. Performances will be Saturday, May 30, at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 31,...Read Full Article

  • IWC Approves 74-Condo River Walk

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    Following a third public hearing on a proposal to construct 74 condominium units on the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, the Inland Wetlands Commission on May 27 unanimously approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project known as The Walk at Sandy Hook Village...Read Full Article

  • Community Center Planning Resumes

    Kendra Bobowick
    Latest News
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. The group has begun the process of planning a community center. This week, the 14-member group reworked its vision statement, talked about their c...Read Full Article

  • Grand Opening Saturday: Pouring On The Mom And Pop Hospitality, Warehouse Values At Fairgrounds

    The Newtown Bee
    Business
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits owner and Newtown resident Paul Moeller draws a sample from among the eight popular wines he keeps chilled and ready for sampling at all times at the Sand Hill Plaza store. Mr Moeller took over, overhauled and relocated the store, which is still adjacent to the Stop & Shop. 

    Not sure which wine will be perfect for that special meal or gathering? What about impressing your colleagues with the hottest new bourbon? And where can you get your hands on that exotic craft brew you can’t find anywhere else? One quick — or leisurely — stop into the new Fairgrounds Wine & S...Read Full Article

  • Officials Laying Ground Work For High School Auditorium Renovations

    John Voket
    Latest News
    May 29, 2015, Friday

    In two different locations Thursday, May 28, the Board of Finance and the Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) were scheduled to lay the groundwork for the earliest stages of a planned high school auditorium renovation, which may commence as early as July 1, the date funding becomes available...Read Full Article

  • Sandy Hook Starts The Summer With Rubber Ducks

    Kendra Bobowick
    Latest News
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Ready for launch: 3,458 individually numbered yellow rubber ducks were dumped into the Pootatuck River around 2:30 pm Saturday, May 23. Brookfield resident Al Sparaco was the big winner this year, holding the ticket that corresponded the to duck that crossed the finish line at the Dayton Street bridge first.

    Michael Porco, Jr, stepped onto the sidewalk where parents and children gathered to peer over bridge rails into the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center Saturday, May 23. He urged them to make room for a bucket loader that was rounding the corner from Glen Road onto Church Hill,...Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    May 29, 2015, Friday
    Taylor Field behind Hawley School is named for Cornelius Taylor, shown in this circa 1920 photograph. Mr Taylor, a former stationmaster in Newtown, devoted himself to public service after retiring from the railroad in 1903. He served as trustee for the Newtown Agricultural Fair, begun in 1895, which was held on the grounds where the school now stands. As principal stockholder, Mr Taylor obtained all of the property with the dissolution of the fair’s assets, around 1905. He sold the front of the property to the town, to build Hawley School, in 1920, and a short time later, donated the back acres for a sports field. He stipulated there would be no sports on Sundays there, and that the field could be only for nonschool athletic events. 

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