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  • South Main Zone Change Draws Court Appeal

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    November 30, 2015, Monday

    The owner of commercial real estate at 111 South Main Street, which is near the 116 South Main Street site proposed for the construction of a Tractor Supply Company store, has filed a court appeal challenging and seeking to reverse the Planning and Zoning Commission's controversial decision earlier...Read Full Article

  • Youth Football And Basketball Coaches Get Positive Pointers

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    November 30, 2015, Monday

    In an effort to improve the experiences youth athletes have playing games they’re learning, coaches and board members from Newtown Youth Football & Cheer and Newtown Youth Basketball Association participated recently in Positive Coaching Alliance workshops, in which presenters came to town to offe...Read Full Article

  • Angels Memorial – Accessible, Secluded, Proximate

    Sharon L. Cohen
    Letters To The Editor
    November 30, 2015, Monday

    To the Editor: I sit at my favorite place for yearly reflection as our town's 12/14 anniversary approaches, behind a house of worship, welcoming all faiths of believers and not, a quiet and subdued space near enough to memories of fear, pain and tears,. far enough from daily distracting sounds of c...Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    November 29, 2015, Sunday
    The Hawleyville Chapel, shown in this circa 1910 photograph, was erected in 1897 by residents who desired a nondenominational chapel, and located just north of the Upham Tearoom (now Big Buddha Cigar Lounge). Dedicated in 1897, the last service held in the chapel was a funeral, in 1937. It has been used for a number of commercial purposes since then, and now houses Sound, a center for arts, music, and wellness.                 

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

  • Sabrina’s Encore Productions To Stage ‘Elf The Musical’

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 28, 2015, Saturday

    The students of Sabrina’s Encore Productions, LLC, a Newtown-based performing arts studio, are preparing to ring in the holiday season with two performances of "Elf the Musical" on Saturday, December 19....Read Full Article

  • Colorful Work On Black Friday

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    November 28, 2015, Saturday
    Dave Cicchesi, kneeling, waited for the day after Thanksgiving to set up a display of inflatable Christmas decorations on the front lawn of his Key Rock Road home. While Mr Cicchesi was busy anchoring a penguin playing with a snowman’s head, his friend Norm Laneuville was trying to get the penguin to stay upright. While many others were out trying to take advantage of Black Friday deals on November 27 the two men, both drivers for All-Star Transportation in Newtown, were enjoying the warm temperatures on their holiday. They had already succeeded in getting a candy cane archway with playful elves, in the background, and a motorcycle riding Santa, in the foreground, into place. A few more inflatables were expected to be added before the men were done. Mr Cicchesi expected the display would be enjoyed by his son, as well as plenty of passersby on the busy road in front of his home.

    Dave Cicchesi, kneeling, waited for the day after Thanksgiving to set up a display of inflatable Christmas decorations on the front lawn of his Key Rock Road home. While Mr Cicchesi was busy anchoring a penguin playing with a snowman’s head, his friend Norm Laneuville was trying to get the penguin...Read Full Article

  • Walsh Mulch Industrial Assets Sold At Auction

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    November 28, 2015, Saturday
    Auctioneer Sammy Petrowsky of Petrowsky Auctioneers, Inc of North Franklin, stands on a rolling stairway within a large shed at the JF Walsh Mulch & Logging Company site at 4 Toddy Hill Road in Sandy Hook on November 20, as he auctioned off the mulch firm’s equipment to the highest bidders.  

    Scores of pieces of heavy equipment, which had been used by JF Walsh Mulch & Logging Co. for years at its Sandy Hook work yard at 4 Toddy Hill Road, were sold at auction there on November 20. About 300 people attended. The mulch yard’s section with frontage on Berkshire Road held dozens upon doze...Read Full Article

  • Tag-A-Gift Program Makes Wishes Come True

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Features
    November 28, 2015, Saturday
    Left, Sheila Torres, kneeling, operations manager at Edmond Town Hall, Laura Branchini, Newtown Junior Women’s Club, and Neil Callghan, Golden Opportunities, and right, Susan Callaghan, Golden Opportunities, and Knettie Archard, director of Golden Opportunities, admire the ornaments and tags adorning the tree in the lobby of Edmond Town Hall, Monday morning, November 23. The Newtown Junior Women’s Club and Golden Opportunities are collaborating this year for the Tag-A-Gift program, as part of the larger Holiday Basket drive led by The Newtown Fund. “Giving trees/wreathes” at eight locations, including Edmond Town Hall, are decorated with wishes, which organizers hope will be adopted by residents and help make holiday dreams come true for the less fortunate. 

    The 2015 Tag-A-Gift program kicked off Monday, November 23, with the decorating of a tree in the lobby of Edmond Town Hall. Tag-A-Gift is a collaboration of the Newtown Junior Women’s Club and Golden Opportunities to provide holiday gifts for less fortunate children and senior citizens in town....Read Full Article

  • Djonne And Nighthawk Diving Teammates Had Season To Remember

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    November 28, 2015, Saturday
    Senior Gillian Eckwall executes a dive during this past season.

    Newtown High School’s divers made quite a splash this fall. Led by senior standout Kari Djonne and her talented peers, the Nighthawks excelled throughout the regular season and deep into the postseason, culminating with this past week’s State Open. Djonne, regularly the team’s top diver, finis...Read Full Article

  • Saturday Night Open Mic Returning December 5

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 28, 2015, Saturday
  • Boy Scout Wreath Sale Thanksgiving Weekend

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 28, 2015, Saturday

    Boy Scout Troop 770 will be conducting its annual Christmas wreath sale Thanksgiving weekend. Scouts will sell wreaths to the public at several locations along Church Hill Road on Saturday, November 28, from 10 am until noon. They will also be at St Rose Church, 46 Church Hill Road, on Sunday, Novem...Read Full Article

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    November 27, 2015, Friday

    Newtown notes, from the point of view of a cat named Mountain....Read Full Article

  • PBSC Updated On ETH Boiler, NHS Auditorium, SHES Construction

    John Voket
    Latest News
    November 27, 2015, Friday
    Kent McCoy, principal at Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, reviews plans for the Newtown High School auditorium project with the Public Building & Site Commission November 24.  

    Newtown's Public Building and Site Commission met November 24 and received updates on a number of ongoing projects. The volunteer board that manages most local municipal and school building projects heard reports on the Edmond Town Hall boiler replacement, Newtown High School auditorium renovation,...Read Full Article

  • Hawk Gridders To Host Glastonbury In State Playoffs

    The Newtown Bee
    Sports
    November 27, 2015, Friday
    Newtown players prepare for the snap during the final regular-season game, a 40-8 win at Masuk, on November 25. The Nighthawks, with the win, locked up a home game in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Newtown will host Glastonbury on Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 6:30 pm.

    Newtown High School’s football team will host Glastonbury in the Class LL state playoff quarterfinals on Tuesday, December 1. Kickoff, at Blue & Gold Stadium, is set for 6:30 pm. The Nighthawks (9-1) are seeded fourth in the bracket, and Glastonbury (8-1) is ranked fifth. The winner will play in t...Read Full Article

  • NMS Eighth Graders Learn About Different Careers

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    November 27, 2015, Friday
    NMS SRO William Chapman spoke with his first group of students during one of three presentations for this year’s Career Day.

    Thanks to 23 visitors on Friday, November 13, Newtown Middle School eighth graders learned about different careers. The annual day allows eighth grade students to rotate between classrooms to hear from multiple professionals from the community. The presenters spoke with students, shared experiences,...Read Full Article

  • Watercolor Demo By Dubreil, December 2 At Meeting House

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 27, 2015, Friday

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will present a watercolor demonstration during its next program, scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, at 1:30 pm. Diane Dubreuil of New Milford will demonstrate landscape painting with watercolors and describe her experiences as a plein air painter....Read Full Article

  • NICE Celebrates International Education Week

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    November 27, 2015, Friday
    Middle Gate fourth grader Rene Chard worked on an iPad to answer questions for Ms Mauro’s trivia game.

    The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) celebrated International Education Week, recognized nationally November 16-20, with different lessons, exercises, and events at a number of district schools. Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School,Reed Intermediate School, Head O’ Meadow El...Read Full Article

  • School Board Hears Update On Kindergarten Spanish

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    November 27, 2015, Friday

    The Board of Education heard a report on the district’s Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) kindergarten Spanish program at its meeting on Tuesday, November 24. The pilot kindergarten world language course was approved in the Board of Education’s budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, w...Read Full Article

  • ‘The Genealogy Of Santa Claus’

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 27, 2015, Friday

    The Genealogy Club of Newtown will host its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 9, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This month’s guest speaker is Newtown Town Historian Dan Cruson, who will speak on “The Genealogy of Santa Claus: the origins and evolution of ‘the Right Jolly Old...Read Full Article

  • Holiday Festival Steaming Toward 30th Presentation

    The Newtown Bee
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    November 27, 2015, Friday
    65-67 Main Street

    The 30th Annual Newtown Holiday Festival will be presented along Main Street on Sunday, December 6, from 11 am until 4 pm. One of the area’s longest running holiday events, the festival is also a benefit for Newtown Youth & Family Services. This year's event will include returning favorites such a...Read Full Article