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  • A Mother And Daughter Reflect On Life As American Muslim Women

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Sabeena Ali and her oldest daughter Ayesha, in the office of Newtown Bee Publisher Scudder Smith in February. While Muslims around the world continue to find themselves at the center of heated social and political debates and attacks, the two Newtown residents said they have not suffered anything overt within their hometown. The family’s travels to and from Canada are a little more stressful, however, since the institution of a Presidential Executive Order in January that was directed at those who follow Islam.  (Bee Photo, Hicks)

    For Sabeena Ali, the current climate in America for Muslims, who have found themselves increasingly being verbally and even physically attacked due to their religious beliefs, is far from new. Sabeena, of Newtown, said she feels like the country has reverted to the 1980s in the way it is treating many of its citizens. The…...Read Full Article

  • Middle Gate Elementary School Hosts A STEM Night

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Middle Gate third grade students Connor Monaghan, left, and Andranik Papazian work next to each other while they create designs out of colorful wheels provided at one station at the school’s STEM Night. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Middle Gate Elementary School hosted its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Night on Thursday, March 9. The evening event had third and fourth grade students and their parents make their way between stations to complete different activities. Middle Gate math/science specialist Jill Bracksieck announced the start of the event over the school’s loudspeaker…...Read Full Article

  • Middle Gate Elementary Students Enjoy ‘Under The Sea’ Performance

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice dancers pose after performing for an assembly of Middle Gate Elementary School students. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice offered a performance of its rendition of “Under the Sea” at two school assemblies on Wednesday, March 8. Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice Artistic Director Tory Gozzi welcomed students to the first assembly of the day and explained that “Under the Sea” is a classic ballet.…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Education Foundation Launches Reading Rocks!

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Head O’ Meadow Elementary School third graders Aidan Lourenco and Gabriella DeNicola dressed like rock stars for the first day of the Newtown Education Foundation’s Read-A-Thon Reading Rocks! program.

    Newtown Education Foundation (NEF) began the Reading Rocks! read-a-thon program on Thursday, March 16, at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, Hawley Elementary School, and Sandy Hook Elementary School. The program is running through April 19. As explained in a description available on the NEF website, newtowneducationfoundation.org, students in grades prekindergarten to fourth grade are invited…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Artist Among Those Featured In Upcoming WCSU Thesis Exhibition

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    March 25, 2017, Saturday

    DANBURY — Christine Armold of Sandy Hook is among seven Western Connecticut State University graduate student candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017 who will present their works in the MFA Thesis Exhibition, running March 30 through April 10 in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the…...Read Full Article

  • ‘The Dangers Of Vaping & Underage Drinking,’ April 4

    The Newtown Bee
    Health
    March 25, 2017, Saturday

    Alcohol use by persons under age 21 years is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth annually. In addition, new research has emerged on the…...Read Full Article

  • South African Trip Highlights NHS Volleyball Team’s Fundraising Efforts At Springtime Silent Auction

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Volleyball Silent Auction family, guide

    What does spiking a volleyball have to do with going on a safari and checking out giraffes, zebras, and other animals in South Africa? In the case of Newtown High School’s boys’ volleyball team, potentially, a lot. The Nighthawks, entering their third season since being established as a new varsity sport, are not fully funded;…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Continuing Education Announces

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    Newtown Continuing Education

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787, 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, for further information on dates, times, and location, or visit newtowncontinuinged.org. Create Your Dream Home Without Leaving Home — A one-class course being offered on April 3, 6:30…...Read Full Article

  • Board Of Education Celebrates The NMS Literary Magazine

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    From left, eighth grader Kyle Trahan, NMS Assistant Principal James Ross, NMS teacher Karen Colwell, ninth grader Virginia Hepp, NMS teacher Abigail Olsen, ninth grader Aliya Hafiz, NMS Principal Thomas Einhorn, and ninth grader Sofiya Hafiz stood together after being celebrated for being a part of the 2016 Opus Optima publication. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    The Board of Education highlighted Newtown Middle School’s literary magazine, Opus Optima, at its meeting on Tuesday, March 21, for winning a National Council of Teachers of English superior rank in its 2016 Program to Recognize Excellence. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jean Evans Davila said she was thrilled when she learned the NMS literary magazine…...Read Full Article

  • Free Hip Hop Class Offered At Lathrop School of Dance

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    March 25, 2017, Saturday
    The community was invited to participate in a free hip hop dance class at the Edmond Town Hall as part of Lathrop School of Dance’s 65th anniversary celebration. (Bee Photo, Bobowick)

    Lathrop School of Dance hosted a free hip hop class as part of the school’s 65th anniversary celebration at the Edmond Town Hall on Friday, March 17, at 5 pm. Girls and boys ages 5 through 9 years old met in the Alexandria Room to learn some basic hip hop moves by professional dance instructor…...Read Full Article

  • Police Reports | March 2-22, 2017

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    March 24, 2017, Friday
    Police report a two-vehicle accident occurred on Berkshire Road (Route 34), just east of its intersection with Tanglewood Lane, about 2:47 pm on March 17. Motorist Catherine Iaccarino, 67, of West Haven was driving a 2003 Toyota RAV-4 SUV eastward, as motorist Michael Preston, 60, of Sandy Hook was driving a 2014 Chrysler 300 sedan westward there, police said. The Chrysler then attempted to make left turn to enter a residential driveway, but in doing so, the Chrysler drove in front of the approaching Toyota, resulting in a collision, police said. Iaccarino and a Toyota passenger were checked at the scene by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, but both people refused medical transport, police said. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company firefighters responded to the incident, Police said they gave Preston a written warning for failure to grant the right of way when making a left turn.  (Bee Photo, Hicks)

    Intersection Accident At about 4:06 pm on March 2, motorist David Keckley, 52, of Gulfport, Fla., was driving a 2006 Mini Cooper northward on Hawleyville Road, as motorist David Roberts, 72, of Danbury, who was driving a 2001 Toyota Celica, attempted to enter Hawleyville Road from the intersection of Currituck Road and Obtuse Road, according…...Read Full Article

  • Woodworking Shed Heavily Damaged In Accidental Blaze

    Andrew Gorosko
    Front Page
    March 24, 2017, Friday
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    An accidental fire caused heavy damage to a shed at a residential property on Poplar Drive in the Riverside neighborhood, near Lake Zoar, on the night of Thursday, March 23, officials said. Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said March 24 that heat from a fire within a woodstove-based heating system for the shed caused the fire…...Read Full Article

  • Simply Smiles Fundraiser Will ‘Keep Hope Alive’

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    March 24, 2017, Friday
    Simply Smiles will present one of five annual “Keep Hope Alive” fundraising events on Friday, March 31, at Edmond Town Hall.

    Simply Smiles, a Norwalk-based charity organization, will present its annual “Keep Hope Alive” fundraising event on Friday, March 31, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. The event will begin at 7 pm with a cocktail hour with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. At 8, Simply Smiles Founder Bryan Nurnberger will briefly outline some of…...Read Full Article

  • Retirement Planning Panel Discussion, March 29 At Lockwood Lodge

    The Newtown Bee
    Business
    March 24, 2017, Friday

    On Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 pm, Lockwood Lodge will host a panel discussion on retirement planning. The program will be presented by Linda L. Eliovson, Esq, George Koeltl, CPF, and Lisa Krauss, MA, LPC, and is sponsored by Lockwood Lodge Assisted Living, at 139 Toddy Hill Road. The public is invited and reservations can…...Read Full Article

  • ‘Ikebana’ Garden Club Program Rescheduled

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    March 24, 2017, Friday

    The next meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will feature a program on “Ikebana: Art of Flowers,” presented by Pat McNelis. It will be offered on Tuesday, March 28, at 1 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. This program was originally planned for January, but was rescheduled due to snow. Ms McNelis is certified master…...Read Full Article

  • Julio Tardim Sworn In As New Police Officer, Filling Roster

    The Newtown Bee
    Front Page
    March 24, 2017, Friday
    In ceremonies on March 17, Julio Tardim, left, was sworn into office as a Newtown police officer, receiving the congratulations of Police Chief James Viadero. 	— Bee Photo, Gorosko

    By Andrew Gorosko In ceremonies at Newtown Municipal Center on March 17, Julio Tardim, 38, of Danbury was sworn in as a town police officer, bringing the police department's roster up to its full complement of 45 sworn officers. The police vacancy which Mr Tardim fills was created last September by the retirement of Joe…...Read Full Article

  • Bait And Switch Community Center Estimated Costs

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    March 24, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: At a Board of Selectmen meeting on 3/20/17, the consulting company hired by the Town of Newtown to help with the community center project, Diversified Project Management, presented new per square footage costs. On 2/13/2016, two months before the referendum on the community center, the average per sq ft price (wet space…...Read Full Article

  • OK Food Inc Recalls Breaded Chicken Products

    The Newtown Bee
    Health
    March 24, 2017, Friday

    WASHINGTON- OK Food, Inc, an Oklahoma City, Okla establishment, is recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced March 23. The ready-to-eat (RTE) breaded chicken items were produced on various dates from December 19,…...Read Full Article

  • Irish Dance Performance During St Patrick’s Day Weekend

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    March 24, 2017, Friday
    Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance students, from left, Colleen Mallon, Britta Petersen, Deirdre Smith, Katie Sheehan, Caroline Pickett, Tess Brantl, and Regina Hayes performed at C.H. Booth Library on March 18, extending the St Patrick’s Day holiday. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    St Patrick’s Day may have been March 17, but for many Newtown residents the celebration continued into the weekend with a special performance by faculty and students from Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance on March 18. The award-winning group visited C.H. Booth Library and danced for a packed crowd inside the library’s meeting room Saturday…...Read Full Article

  • Town Welcomes New Library Director Karen Tatarka

    Alissa Silber
    Front Page
    March 24, 2017, Friday
    Karen Tatarka is the new C.H. Booth Library director. She started the position on March 1 and was welcomed with a community meet and greet on March 19. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    After several months of searching for a new director for the C.H. Booth Library, former Weston Public Library Director Karen Tatarka was unanimously voted in by the eight-person search committee to fill the role. On March 1, Ms Tatarka officially started her new position in Newtown. She recently sat down with The Newtown Bee to…...Read Full Article