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  • Elections Complaint Filed After Reported Calls About GOP Candidate

    John Voket
    Front Page
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Newtown Election 2017

    Republican First Selectman candidate and current Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said she is pursuing a complaint through the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission after being notified that a number of local residents received phone calls beginning last weekend that asked about local voting preferences, and some inferring that she is trying to take…...Read Full Article

  • Black Swan Wins Softball Title

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    The Black Swan softball team captured the championship at Treadwell Park on August 18. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    The Black Swan Newtown Women’s Softball League team claimed the championship with a 10-4 triumph over Reach, at Treadwell Park, on August 18. The game was played in damp, sometimes rainy, conditions. Black Swan’s offense was strong top to bottom, with everybody contributing hits. Emma MacHugh delivered two hits, including a double, and scored a…...Read Full Article

  • Faith At Newtown Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

    Shannon Hicks
    Front Page
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Pastor Tim Kuhn listens while a member of Faith at Newtown offers a testimonial during the tenth anniversary service of the Sandy Hook based church on August 13.  (Connie Koch photo)

    Faith at Newtown celebrated its tenth anniversary on August 13, with members and guests gathering for lunch following Sunday morning’s worship service. Pastor Tim Kuhn, who has led the Sandy Hook based church since its founding in August 2007, said last week he was looking forward the milestone. In addition to members of Faith, the…...Read Full Article

  • Joni Mitchell’s Jazz, September 8 At Edmond Town Hall

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
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    “Joni Mitchell’s Jazz, a tribute” will be performed in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on Saturday, September 8. Tickets for the 8 pm show are $12, and advance purchase or reservations are being suggested. Tickets from the previously scheduled Joni Mitchell show of June 16 will be honored at the…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Musicians Among Those Accepted Into WCYO Ensembles

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Western CT Youth Orchestra

    RIDGEFIELD — The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) announces that auditions for middle and high school musicians are available for the 2017-18 school year. Two local musicians have already been accepted into the program. Violinist Matiya Tessy Kouassi of Newtown is joining WYCO’s String Ensemble and violinist Aidan Cushing of Sandy Hook is a member…...Read Full Article

  • CT Choral Society Announces 2017-18 Auditions

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    CT Choral Society

    Connecticut Choral Society, one of the state’s premiere vocal ensembles, will hold auditions for new members over several days in early September. All auditions will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, which is now serving as CCS’s new base of operations. The dates and times are, Saturday, September 9, 10 am to…...Read Full Article

  • Senator Chris Murphy’s Big ‘Walk’ Rambles Through Newtown

    John Voket
    Front Page
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) hustles the last few hundred feet up Church Hill Road to a crowd of nearly 500 waiting to greet him and ask questions or hear his responses to constituents in a public meeting at Edmond Town Hall on August 16. Newtown marked the last full day of the senator’s second annual Walk Across Connecticut, during which he committed to meeting and interacting one-on-one with state residents along the way.  (Bee Photo, Voket)

    “Walking across Connecticut is a great idea... in theory,” half-joked US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday as he capped the last full day of his Walk Across Connecticut with a long ascension all the way up Church Hill Road, just in time to meet a waiting mass of nearly 500 constituents poised to greet…...Read Full Article

  • Campers Get Cooking With Culinary Arts Program

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Summer Culinary Arts campers Katelyn Zaniewski, 12, places chopped potatoes in tinfoil for baking, one step of a potato salad recipe. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Students in the Summer Culinary Arts camp through Newtown Parks & Recreation spent the week of July 31 to August 4 learning how to make a long list of recipes under the guidance of instructor Sharon Martovich. Ms Martovich teaches culinary classes in the area throughout the year, but the Summer Culinary Arts camp was…...Read Full Article

  • Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Campers’ End Of Summer Celebration

    Alissa Silber
    Education
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Campers and their families lined up to enjoy the Harvest Feast at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s end of camp celebration on Friday, August 11. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    After a summer filled with art, cooking, nature, and merriment, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School (HVWS) had its annual Harvest Feast to wrap up the last week of camp on Friday, August 11. For students 3 to 7 years old, the seventh and final week of camp was called Hoes, Hands, and Harvest. The program…...Read Full Article

  • Creating In Minecraft At Camp

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    August 19, 2017, Saturday
    Finn Roche and Patty Parker work together to create a number of virtual items for the computer game Minecraft on August 2.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Newtown Parks and Recreation campers in Coding In Minecraft spent time between July 31 to August 3 learning about creating modifications and items in the computer game, Minecraft. Instructor Doris Brovarski with Computer Explorers said the students were spending the third day of the camp, on August 2, creating new items that they would be…...Read Full Article

  • Lathrop School Of Dance Registration, August 19

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    August 18, 2017, Friday
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    Lathrop School of Dance registration kickoff and meet the faculty will take place Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to noon, in the dance studio at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown. Lathrop School of Dance offers instruction in ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, for boys only, mommy & me dance,…...Read Full Article

  • Esty Honors ‘ The Newtown Bee’ With Certificate Of Congressional Recognition

    John Voket
    Front Page
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    A Congressional proclamation presented by US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-Fifth) in honor of The Newtown Bee’s 140th Anniversary honors the newspaper’s founder and the Smith family, which has continuously published more than 7,000 weekly editions since acquiring the publication in 1881.  (Bee Photo, Voket)

    US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-Fifth) paid a visit to The Newtown Bee offices August 14 for an editorial board meeting, and unexpectedly presented the local family-owned publication with a certificate of congressional recognition honoring the newspaper’s 140 years of service to the community. The document fetes the Smith family, which has owned and operated the publication since…...Read Full Article

  • Gov Malloy Announces Revised Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan

    The Newtown Bee
    Front Page
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    State of CT Governor Seal

    HARTFORD— Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced revisions to the Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan on August 18, along with new municipal aid distributions associated with the plan. The changes accommodate the restoration of $40 million to private, nonprofit health and human service providers, prioritizing education funding to communities with the highest student needs by holding…...Read Full Article

  • Former Town Pension Official Indicted On Federal Fraud Charges

    Andrew Gorosko
    Front Page
    August 18, 2017, Friday
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    NEW HAVEN — A federal grand jury returned an indictment on August 16, charging Thomas M. Murtha, 61, of Newtown and Birmingham, Mich., with four counts of wire fraud. Murtha, a former lawyer, previously operated a law practice in Bridgeport. Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, in a statement said…...Read Full Article

  • A Call For Moral Integrity

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    August 18, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: This is simple, and only requires moral will to accomplish: formally, legally, designate as terrorist organizations, the KKK, and Aryan Nation, and any other organized, identifiable groups that, like the preceding, proclaim as their agenda and purpose to commit violence against the rest of us. They are no different from fanatic Islamists…...Read Full Article

  • Drawing & Painting With Color, Next SCAN Program

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    DeAnn Prosia has crafted an artform that combines the intricate lines of etching with the colors of watercolor. The artist, whose “Wickford Shipyard” is shown here, will be the guest artist for the next SCAN meeting.

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have DeAnn L. Prosia “draw and paint” watercolors on Wednesday, August 23, at 1:30 pm. This demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The public is invited, free of charge. Originally from Chicago, DeAnn Prosia, who works as…...Read Full Article

  • ‘Landmark’ Zoning Rules Proposal Under Review

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    August 18, 2017, Friday

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has formulated a draft proposal for new borough zoning regulations concerning “landmark properties,” which is intended to encourage the restoration and preservation of buildings considered to have historic and cultural value. The goals of the proposed rules, which would regulate the use of a designated structure in a proposed Landmark…...Read Full Article

  • Snapshot: Christina Ashurst

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    Christina Ashurst is this week's Snapshot profile.

    Occupation: I run the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance with my husband, Craig. We opened in 2016, so it’s been a really exciting year. We teach kids as young as 3½ all the way up through championship dancers. Our oldest dancer is in her 20s. We teach them traditional Irish dancing, and we have our…...Read Full Article

  • P&R Day Camps Come To A Close

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    Dickinson day camper Caleigh Ward slides down an inflatable water slide on the last day of camp for the 2017 summer, August 11. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    The last day of Newtown Parks and Recreation day camps, August 11, at Dickinson Memorial Park and Treadwell Memorial Park were celebrated with a carnival day at both camp locations. The day before, August 10, students from both camps came together under the pavilion at Dickinson Memorial Park for an annual talent show, as well.…...Read Full Article

  • Business Buzz: Beef & Barleys

    Alissa Silber
    Business
    August 18, 2017, Friday
    Beef & Barleys at 274 South Main Street celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 27. In attendance were many friends, family, and local supporters, including First Selectman Pat Llodra, pictured holding the big scissors, flanked by Beef & Barleys owners Laura Briganti, left, and Mike Briganti. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    Business name: Beef & Barleys Address: 274 South Main Street, Newtown Owners: Mike and Laura Briganti Business background: After being a contractor for two decades, building more than ten restaurants during that time, Mr Briganti decided to start a new venture and open the original Pub 25 with two business partners.When he sold Pub 25,…...Read Full Article