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  • Runners Hit Their Stride In Rooster Run Events

    Andy Hutchison
    Front Page
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    Runners approach the finish line during the Rooster Run's 5K race. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    From first-time sprinters to seasoned distance runners, participants of a wide range of abilities and ages participated in the annual Rooster Run on April 29. In addition to the 5K race, a 10K was held, as was a Little Chicks Dash for children. The races, which benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association, started and finished at…...Read Full Article

  • Shannon Hicks Named NESNE Master Photographer

    Nancy K. Crevier
    Latest News
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was named a Master Photographer by the New England Society of News Editors during the organizations spring awards ceremony.  (Bee Photo, Voket)

    Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was among more than a dozen journalists honored at the annual New England Society of News Editors (NESNE) spring awards ceremony on April 20. Held at New England Newspaper & Press Association headquarters in Dedham, Mass., Richard Lodge, NESNE president, presented Miss Hicks with the Master Photographer award for…...Read Full Article

  • 10th Annual Earth Day Festival Flourishes Despite Rain

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    Sondra Bradford-Jennings, left, of the Newtown Earth Day Festival Planning Committee helped run the festival’s official tent with local volunteers Angie Fiorella, Christine Ruzek, Camille Paradis, and Julia Kaiser.  (Bee Photo, Silber)

    The 10th Annual Newtown Earth Day Festival may have started off with Mother Nature raining down her showers over town, but that did not stop people from heading out to show their support. The festival took place from 10 am to 4 pm, on the front lawn of the Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street,…...Read Full Article

  • Reed Intermediate School Students Rehearse For ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Cultural Events
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    Nicholas Williams, center, sings in the roll of Conrad Birdie while rehearsing on April 20. Pictured on the steps from left are Caroline Kordik, Sadie Gureasko-Moore, Melinda Ferris, Lauren Jacobs, Ava Baroody, Alexandra Knaggs, Madeleine Talluto, and Caroline Gardner. Standing on stage from left are Malcolm Zimmerman, Grace Lynch, and Kirtana Kunzweiler. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Reed Intermediate School is gearing up for its upcoming musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. The production will be staged Friday, May 5, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 6, at 6 pm, at the school, 3 Trades Lane. Tickets are $8. Tickets will be on sale at the door if available, and can be…...Read Full Article

  • School Start Time Committee Continuing Its Efforts

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
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    After hearing updates from its subgroups on April 24, the Board of Education’s School Start Time Committee members spoke about potential transportation options if school times are altered. The School Start Time Committee was formed after the Board of Education made a motion at its March 7 meeting for Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi,…...Read Full Article

  • Poets At Heart Risk A Verse At Meeting House

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    The Reverend Matt Crebbin recites Garrison Keillor’s “Casey at the Bat (Road Game)” during the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission-sponsored Risk A Verse event at Newtown Meeting House on April 23. Rev Crebbin is flanked by event organizers Lisa Schwartz, left, and Tracy Van Buskirk. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    Anybody can be a poet. And that was never more evident than on April 23, when about a dozen Newtown residents gathered at Newtown Meeting House to recite the works of published poets during the second annual “Risk A Verse,” an event sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). Risk A Verse was established in…...Read Full Article

  • Growing Gardens, No Yard Required

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
    Mother’s Day gifts are available and include Garden-In-A-Bag, left, and bottles that grow zinnias. At right is Byrd’s Books owner Alice Hutchinson’s sunflower that she is growing in the store.  (Bee Photo, Silber)

    The future is here. No longer do green thumb enthusiasts need to dedicate a plot of land outside their homes to have a flourishing, bountiful garden. Potting Shed Creations from Idaho has created a line of gardening products that now allows everyone the chance to enjoy all the benefits of growing flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables,…...Read Full Article

  • May Events Announced For EverWonder Children’s Museum

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    April 29, 2017, Saturday
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    EverWonder Children’s Museum announces its calendar for May. The museum has events for the entire family. The museum, at 31 Pecks Lane, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $7 per person, and children under the age of 1 year old…...Read Full Article

  • Fire Reports | April 13-26, 2017

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, April 13: 12:05 pm, odor of gas indoors, 114 Haley Lane, Sandy Hook responded; 1:13 pm, alarm, 60 Castle Meadow Road, Botsford and Dodgingtown responded; 1:53 pm, odor of gas indoors,…...Read Full Article

  • Friends Of Music Annual Meeting Slated

    Shannon Hicks
    Cultural Events
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    Newtown Friends of Music will hold its annual meeting in the Old Courtroom at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, from 7 to 9 pm, on Tuesday, May 2. All members (annual subscribers) are invited to attend. For additional information call 415-999-4955 or send e-mail to friendsofmusic@snet.net.   ...Read Full Article

  • Police Reports | April 7-25, 2017

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    April 28, 2017, Friday

    Concrete Mixer Police report that an Oshkosh concrete-mixer truck driven by Keith Sniffen, 60, of Danbury, was parked on a curve on Walnut Tree Hill Road, north of its intersection with Old Green Road at about 10:36 am on April 25, when motorist Kenneth Condon, 21, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2012 Nissan…...Read Full Article

  • Dale Ventres

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    Dale (Hammar) Ventres, 57, of Bethlehem, Conn., died peacefully April 25 at Waterbury Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Michael Ventres of Bethlehem. She was born in Bridgeport, on August 11, 1959, the daughter of the late Nancy and Alan Hammar of Newtown. Ms Ventres grew up in Newtown and graduated from Newtown High School.…...Read Full Article

  • Anne Carlson

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    Anne B. Carlson, 85, of Torrington and previously of Newtown, died April 26. She was the wife of the late Dwight W. Carlson. She was born on July 14, 1931, in Danbury, the daughter of the late Florence (Caddick) and George Bazarian and lived most of her life in Newtown. Two sons, Dwight W. Carlson…...Read Full Article

  • Warren Pinckney

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    Warren John Pinckney, 92, former resident of Sandy Hook, died April 27 at Pomperaug Woods in Southbury. He was the husband of Sheila Parkington Pinckney, who died in 2014. They were married for 62 years. Born January 27, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Anna Loretta (Stone) and Warren Jay…...Read Full Article

  • Concert Preview: From ‘Hidden City’ To The Elm City, Here Comes The Cult

    John Voket
    Features
    April 28, 2017, Friday
    Ahead of their May 7 stop in New Haven, Cult co-founders Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy called in to The Newtown Bee to talk about the balance between keeping their material fresh and relevant, while retaining their trademark sound.  (photo courtesy The Cult)

    NEW HAVEN — What’s the difference between a box of pancake mix and the latest album by the power rock group The Cult? I’m still not completely sure, but that comparison was part of a deep and sometimes unwieldy interview/sermon that Cult co-founder and frontman Ian Astbury delivered ahead of the band’s upcoming May 7…...Read Full Article

  • Poor Manners And Misunderstandings

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: I started writing this at 7:40 pm on April 25 while the polls were still open and no results in. As I worked in the rain to disassemble my “vote yes for senior center” booth outside the polls I was lectured by an angry man (he just walked up and started talking…...Read Full Article

  • Have We Forgotten Mental Health?

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: A recent 60 Minutes episode, “Newtown 4 Years Later,” starts with the comment: “When a mentally ill man murdered 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook School...” Mentally ill. For weeks and months Newtowners talked about the desperate need to have better mental health access and treatment. Do you remember?…...Read Full Article

  • Bipartisan Solutions, Now Approved Through Referendum, Will Benefit Taxpayers

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: I’m writing to express my gratitude to the voters of Newtown for approving all items on the budget. The uncertainty at the state level presented an extra challenge this year for elected officials. Planning by the Legislative Council, well in advance of the decisionmaking process, helped us arrive at a bipartisan solution…...Read Full Article

  • A Step Forward For Voter Input

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: Tuesday’s referendum was the first time under our new charter where we were compelled to put a multitude of projects on the ballot as part of the appropriations process. Regardless of where you were on the ledger, this was a step forward for voter input. The results indicate to me that those…...Read Full Article

  • Boxes, Bags And Truck Loads Of Books Donated

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    April 28, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: Friends of the C.H. Booth Library volunteers held their annual Spring Donation Day event on Sunday, April 23. Once again, it was a pleasure seeing so many generous townspeople bringing boxes, bags, and trunk loads of books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, records, and puzzles for donation. Thank you to everyone who…...Read Full Article