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  • Peter Sturges

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    June 26, 2017, Monday
    Sturges obit

    Peter W. Sturges, 64, longtime resident of Sandy Hook, died suddenly on June 15, at his home. He was born in Derby on December 24, 1952, the son of Jean (Peters) Stempel and the late Robert Sturges. Mr Sturges was a proud US Army Veteran, having served in Vietnam as a member of the 11th Armored…...Read Full Article

  • Edward Roach

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    June 26, 2017, Monday
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    Edward John Roach, 51, of the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, died peacefully on June 24. He will be lovingly remembered by his family, including his parents, Dr James and Joan Neverdousky Roach of Black Rock; his siblings and their spouses, Meaghan and Timothy Berry of Newtown, Timothy and Ann Roach of Fairfield, Molly and…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown High Brings Electric Car To Lime Rock

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    June 25, 2017, Sunday
    Calvin Savoia with the electric car he created at Newtown High School. The car was driven on a track at Lime Rock Park as part of the annual Electrathon. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    It has got to be pretty unique to participate in an event on a track at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville. To race a car made essentially from scratch is all the more impressive, and some of Newtown High School’s students had that claim to fame late this past school year. Calvin Savoia, a senior,…...Read Full Article

  • Lisa Unleashed: Newtown Kennel Club Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

    Lisa Peterson
    Features
    June 25, 2017, Sunday
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    The Newtown Kennel Club came under my radar for the first time as a staff reporter for The Newtown Bee. I was sent to cover the club’s annual awards dinner on April 16, 1986, at the Hawley Manor Inn on Main Street. I wrote an article and bland headline, “NKC Donates Funds,” which told readers…...Read Full Article

  • Sunny Day Brightens Farmers Market

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    June 24, 2017, Saturday
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    Multiple canopies visible from Wasserman Way drew drivers’ gazes toward the annual Newtown Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills in its new location — on a lawn just northeast of the main entrance to Fairfield Hills. Beneath the many tents Tuesday, June 20, were vendors offering fresh produce, prepared foods, meats, herbs, baked goods, bread and…...Read Full Article

  • Getting A Taste Of Food Truck Festival Fun At Fairfield Hills

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    June 24, 2017, Saturday
    The rain could not deter attendees who waited in long lines at the Newtown Food Truck Festival. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    Thousands of food fanatics of all ages piled into Fairfield Hills for the first Newtown Food Truck Festival, on June 17. More than 20 trucks serving pretty much anything deep-fried, greasy, and downright cholesterol-raising but, yes, tastebud-tingling that you can imagine kept bellies full on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and beyond. The…...Read Full Article

  • The Way We Were, for the week ending June 23, 2017

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Another glimpse of days past, courtesy of Newtown Historical Society, reveals Sophie’s Tea Room, which Town Historian Dan Cruson guesses to be circa 1920. He said the tea room sat on Route 25 in the Botsford section of town near the location of what is now Swenson Granite Works. The car in the distance is about to climb Toll Gate Hill into Monroe, he said. Inside the wooden fence, two women are visible in dresses, standing in the side yard.

    June 26, 1992 The latest opening date for the Garner Correctional Institute is January, if a partial opening does not occur earlier. The jail will fill with 400 inmates and add another 300 in the months to follow. The 400-cell jail was originally scheduled to open in February. The new January date is still tentative,…...Read Full Article

  • Candlewood Boating Traffic Disrupted During Annual Fireworks Display In Danbury

    Newtown Bee
    Front Page
    June 23, 2017, Friday

    Boaters will encounter disruptions on Candlewood Lake on Saturday, June 24 (rain date, June 25), during an annual fireworks display. All normal boating traffic in the area of Danbury Bay will be disrupted during the Annual Danbury Volunteer Firemen’s Fireworks Display, according to the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol, which issued a release this week. The…...Read Full Article

  • Jacquelyn Doris Ritch Stiles

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Stiles obit

    Jacquelyn D. Ritch Stiles, 87, of Newtown died peacefully on June 22, at Masonicare at Newtown. She was born November 18, 1929, in Kingston, N.Y., and was one of six children of Ruth Newkirk and E. Atlee Ritch. She was a Newtown resident since 1972. After graduating from Norwalk High School she worked for many…...Read Full Article

  • Presentation By Hip Replacement Specialist

    The Newtown Bee
    Health
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Dr Robert Deveney

    SOUTHBURY — Dr Robert Deveney, a total joint specialist at Danbury Orthopedics, will speak Thursday, June 29, at River Glen Health Care Center, about how robotics is making hip and knee replacements a more reliable option that could offer more mobility and a pain-free lifestyle. The latest developments in these procedures using a robotic arm…...Read Full Article

  • PWA To Reschedule June 24 Drain Project

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    June 23, 2017, Friday
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    Rescheduled from the original June 17 date, the Pootatuck Watershed Association's plans to install/mark storm drains in Newtown and Sandy Hook on Saturday, June 24, are on hold once again, due to storms predicted to move through the area on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The PWA at this time has not set a new…...Read Full Article

  • Board of Education Learns NHS Auditorium ‘Still On Schedule For August 22’

    Alissa Silber
    Education
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    At the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 21, Senior Project Manager Geralyn Hoerauf gave a Newtown High School auditorium update and informed the members that concrete will be poured on the platform levels to created a raised seating area. (Photo courtesy Geralyn Hoerauf, STV|DPM)

    The Board of Education (BOE) conducted a special meeting Wednesday, June 21, at the Newtown Municipal Center, and received an update on the Newtown High School (NHS) auditorium renovations. Public Building and Site Commission Chair Robert Mitchell started off the discussion by telling the BOE, “The quick synopsis: we are still on schedule for August…...Read Full Article

  • Middle Gate Kindergartners Perform End Of Year Ocean Play

    Alissa Silber
    Education
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Middle Gate Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year by having kindergarten students perform a play based on the book “Commotion in the Ocean.” Students sang, danced, and wore their creative sea life costumes. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    Middle Gate Elementary School kindergarten students showcased their singing and dancing talents at a special end of the year celebration on June 9, in the school’s auditorium. After studying ocean life during the school year and taking a field trip to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, the students performed a play based on the children’s…...Read Full Article

  • Regional Hospice Celebrates 28th Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

    Alissa Silber
    Health
    June 23, 2017, Friday
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    The Newtown Giving Circle supporting Regional Hospice and Home Care (RHHC) hosted its 28th annual Breakfast Fundraiser at The Waterview in Monroe on Wednesday, June 14. Supporters of the organization filled 40 tables at the popular event and celebrated the work RHHC has accomplished this year. Before breakfast was served, the Newtown Police Honor Guard…...Read Full Article

  • Business Buzz: Claris Construction Inc.

    Alissa Silber
    Business
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Claris Construction Inc relocated to 53 Church Hill Road in Newtown this past May. Pictured is company President Phil Clark standing beside an image of one of Claris Construction’s recent builds, the Whole Food Market in Danbury. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    Business name: Claris Construction Inc. Address: 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown President: Phil Clark Business background: Claris Construction is an architectural, engineering, and commercial construction firm that Phil Clark founded in 1991. The business was previously at 153 South Main Street in Newtown, but moved in May of this year to 53 Church Hill Road.…...Read Full Article

  • C.H. Booth Library Director Leaving, Plans Made For Search Committee

    Alissa Silber
    Front Page
    June 23, 2017, Friday
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    C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees President Bob Geckle announced on Thursday, June 15, that Karen Tatarka will be leaving her position as library director, effective July 7. After beginning her role as director in March of this year, she has decided to return to the Weston Public Library as its director, a position she…...Read Full Article

  • Head O’ Meadow Awards Students At End Of Year Assembly

    Alissa Silber
    Education
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Head O’ Meadow Elementary School had its End of the Year Awards Assembly on Friday, June 9. Pictured are the 42 students who received the Geography Bee Award. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    Head O’ Meadow Elementary School (HOM) staff celebrated their students’ many accomplishments with their annual End of the Year Awards Assembly on June 9, at 9:30 am. Families of award recipients were invited to attend the ceremony, along with the entire school community. Math/science specialist Chrissie Pierce started off the event by presenting the math…...Read Full Article

  • Concert Preview: Michael Franti Showcasing ‘SOULROCKER’ At College Street June 27

    John Voket
    Features
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    True to the life-affirming spirit of reggae — and to his band Spearhead’s longtime commitment to using music as an agent of positive change — Michael Franti will be showcasing the groove-heavy electronic sounds and consciousness-boosting lyrics from his latest project SOULROCKER in a June 27 show at New Haven's College Street Music Hall. Get tickets at collegestreetmusichall.com.

    If you only know Michael Franti as the frenetic frontman to the group Spearhead, and by the infectious 2010 "Say Hey (I Love You)" — then you don't know Franti. In a too brief chat with The Newtown Bee ahead of his June 27 set at New Haven's College Street Music Hall, across the phone…...Read Full Article

  • NYFS To Host 5th Annual Safety Town; Three Weeklong Sessions This Summer

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    June 23, 2017, Friday
    Safety Town

    For the fifth year, Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc, will be offering a weeklong program in July and August for children entering kindergarten called Safety Town. Sponsored locally by Newtown Prevention Council, AAA Southern New England, and Women Involved in Newtown, Safety Town is a national program that was developed in 1964 to teach…...Read Full Article

  • Artist’s Talk At Municipal Center, June 28: ‘From Photo To Plate To Print’

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    June 23, 2017, Friday
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    DeAnn Prosia, whose work is currently being featured in “From Photo To Plate To Print: The Etchings of DeAnn L. Prosia” at Newtown Municipal Center, will offer an artist’s talk about her approach to etchings on Wednesday, June 28. Ms Prosia’s program will be within the main corridor of the municipal center, where a collection of…...Read Full Article