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  • Boys’ Basketball Team Triumphant In Opener

    Andy Hutchison
    Front Page
    December 17, 2017, Sunday
    Tucker Garrity makes a move with the ball in Newtown's win over Fitch. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    The start of the game and beginning of the second half were difference-makers in Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team’s season opener, against visiting Fitch of Groton, on Saturday afternoon. The Nighthawks won 71-59, never relinquishing the lead, despite Fitch battling back throughout the contest. Newtown jumped out to a 12-0 lead and turned a…...Read Full Article

  • NHS Skaters Shake Off Late Arrival As Newcomers Score, But Hawks Can’t Overcome Milford

    Andy Hutchison
    Sports
    December 17, 2017, Sunday
    Devin Marsh skates the puck out of the defensive zone. Marsh had an assist in Newtown's first game. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    Never mind the opponent — Newtown High School’s boys’ hockey team had a challenging start to the campaign even before taking the ice for the season opener, on Saturday afternoon. The team bus wouldn’t start, leaving the Nighthawks in the Newtown High School parking lot for a crucial hour which otherwise would have been used…...Read Full Article

  • Lisa Unleashed: Urban Legend Toby Vs Reality Of Trouble

    Lisa Peterson
    Features
    December 17, 2017, Sunday
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    Oddly, the one post on my blog lisaunleashed.com that gets the most views, almost one per day, is Tobey Rhimes — World's Richest Dog or Urban Legend? I surmise it’s because when you mix money and dogs together, you combine two of the most pervasive topics in our popular culture. Toby, a small white poodle belonging…...Read Full Article

  • Gift Wrap Greener This Holiday Season

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    December 17, 2017, Sunday
    Newtown High School’s Environmental Club promotes using environmentally friendly gift wrapping techniques and has created a board to educate other students on how they can reduce waste. Pictured from left are club members Jacob Markowsky, Ben Albee, and Ian Schull. (Bee Photo Silber)

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly and, more often than not, ‘tis also the season to frantically realize that presents still need to be wrapped before that holiday party or before the children wake up and sneak peeks at their gifts. However, instead of rushing out to the store for rolls of virgin wrapping paper…...Read Full Article

  • ‘Let It Snow’ With Clothespin Snowflakes At Library

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    December 17, 2017, Sunday
    Student volunteers, pictured from left, Mihill Dushi, Jamie Davis, Grace O’Connell, and Sarah Bertsche, instructed the C.H. Booth Library's DIY Crafts class for clothespin snowflakes on December 12. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    Even with temperatures above freezing, the C.H. Booth Library’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Crafts class made a flurry of clothespin snowflakes in the cbhMAKER’S Corner on December 19. Much like real snowflakes, each creation consisted of a unique design. Student volunteers Mihill Dushi, Jamie Davis, Grace O’Connell, and Sarah Bertsche instructed the class and explained how the…...Read Full Article

  • Benefits Of Buying From Local Farmers

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    December 16, 2017, Saturday
    Daffodil Hill Growers at Woodside Farm owners Dan Slywka and Sara Blersch stand before their pop-up market, located at 124 Horse Fence Hill Road in Southbury, where CSA members can pick up their products every Tuesday. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    For centuries people have planted crops to feed their hungry families and nearby villages, but with the convenient advent of the mainstream supermarket came a shift in how most people get their food. Still, local farmers who believe in their craft have held on to their livelihood and continue to feed generations to this day,…...Read Full Article

  • Managers Appreciate Pat Llodra

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    December 16, 2017, Saturday
    KB_web Managers recognize Pat Llodra seat photo

    With a few special words, Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers members offered their appreciation to former Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, December 12. Welcoming Mrs Llodra to the managers’ meeting Tuesday evening, chairman Margot Hall said that the board wished to express “its appreciation for your service” to the town of Newtown and for…...Read Full Article

  • Reed Students Complete Service Projects To Support The Community

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    December 16, 2017, Saturday
    Fifth grader Eren Weiss decorates a self-portrait by stenciling drawings of items that represent her, on a window at Reed Intermediate School. The portrait will be submitted into the Students Rebuild effort.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Reed Intermediate School students and teachers participated on December 6 in what has become an annual effort to support the community through activities and crafts. Students in different clusters throughout the Day of Service worked on a range of projects. Fifth grade students in Jacqueline McMahon and Rich Neeb’s cluster painted Hearts of Hope that…...Read Full Article

  • Council Suspends Rules, Moves CIP Back To Board Of Selectmen

    John Voket
    Front Page
    December 16, 2017, Saturday

    For the first time in memory, the newly seated Legislative Council voted unanimously to suspend its own rules in order to move a matter of business that was not listed for action on its agenda. In doing so, a spokesman for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission said it appeared the panel violated a state…...Read Full Article

  • NewArts ‘Christmas Carol’ Closes To Packed Houses

    John Voket
    Features
    December 16, 2017, Saturday
    The ghost of Jacob Marley (Joseph DeVellis) was just the first of numerous spectral visitors dropping in on Ebenezer Scrooge (Graeme Malcolm ) in the 2017 NewArts cast of A Christmas Carol.  (Sandra Doscher photos)

    BETHEL — In that magical moment when Tiny Tim gazed at the reformed Ebenezer Scrooge in the closing minutes of the latest recreation of NewArts production of A Christmas Carol and uttered that famous line, “God bless us... everyone,” the theater at Walnut Hill Community Church went so starkly silent that you could practically hear the welled-up…...Read Full Article

  • Betty Check

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    December 15, 2017, Friday
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    Betty Lou Check, 79, of Sandy Hook died December 14. She was the wife of Emory T. Check. She was born May 2, 1938, in Paige, W.Va., daughter of the late Florence (Warwick) Campbell and Andrew Jackson Campbell. Formerly of Norwalk, she and her husband moved to Newtown in late 1969. She worked at Fairfield…...Read Full Article

  • Jamie Monsanto

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    December 15, 2017, Friday
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    Jamie Monsanto, 54, of Southbury, formerly of Sandy Hook, died unexpectedly December 13. He was born July 30, 1963, and was a lifelong area resident. Mr Monsanto's gentle, caring ways and quick wit endeared him to all. His loved ones say that "The heavens must have needed him to keep the celestial bodies in alignment…...Read Full Article

  • Frederic Duray

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    December 15, 2017, Friday
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    Frederic Thomas Duray, 80, of Sandy Hook, died December 14 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from Manual Training High School and the Delahanty Institute School of Drafting. His loving wife, Lucille Leahey Duray; his stepchildren and their spouses, Deirdra and Dana Preis of Easton, Virgil Jr…...Read Full Article

  • 5th Annual National Vigil Called ‘Beautiful Tribute’

    John Voket
    Front Page
    December 15, 2017, Friday
    Candles representing lives lost to gun violence are held aloft in a packed St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, as dozens of Newtown residents and hundreds of others from across the nation came together for the 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.  (Philip Keane photo)

    Po Murray, chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation, along with board member Tom Campbell and residents Phil and Jojo Keane were among hundreds of Newtown residents and visitors who packed St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, December 6, for the 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.…...Read Full Article

  • Multifamily/Commercial Complex Proposed For Exit 10 Area

    Andrew Gorosko
    Front Page
    December 15, 2017, Friday
    This map for Hunters Ridge depicts the proposed 224 rental apartments at right. It also shows two proposed commercial buildings to the left. The curving street at the bottom of the map is Walnut Tree Hill Road. Church Hill Road runs vertically on the left.

    A Trumbull firm is proposing construction of a mixed-use complex for a 35-acre site at 79 Church Hill Road, which would include 224 rental apartments in six multistory buildings, as well as two commercial buildings, which would hold retail uses at the ground level and offices on their second stories. Applicant 79 Church Hill Road,…...Read Full Article

  • Medicare The Focus Of Lunch & Learn Program At Newtown Senior Center

    Shannon Hicks
    Health
    December 15, 2017, Friday
    State Senator Tony Hwang, standing at the podium, moderated a Lunch & Learn panel discussion at Newtown Senior Center on Friday, December 8. While the program had initially been scheduled to cover a number of topics, huge cuts to the Medicare Savings Program in the recently passed state budget dominated the two-hour event. Newtown Senior Center Director Marilyn Place is standing in the doorway. Seated in the wing chair is Esther Rada, an elder law attorney with Connecticut Legal Services, who was part of the panel. In the foreground are Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging representatives Magaly Bravo, Christine Fishbein, and Dolores Winans, who were also part of Friday’s panel.  (Bee Photos, Hicks)

    Approximately 60 senior citizens spent nearly two hours crowded into Newtown Senior Center on December 8. The group listened to State Senator Tony Hwang moderate a panel discussion that attempted to quell concerns surrounding proposed state budget cuts to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). MSP is a Medicaid program designed to help Medicare recipients pay…...Read Full Article

  • Preparing To Honor The Reason For The Season

    Shannon Hicks
    Religion
    December 15, 2017, Friday
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      Participants for the St Rose of Lima Church Live Nativity prepare to rehearse for this year’s special event, which will take place Saturday, December 16. All are invited to gather outside the stable behind St Rose, at 46 Church Hill Road, following the 5:30 Mass that afternoon. Every year the stable comes alive with…...Read Full Article

  • Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement Receives Grant

    The Newtown Bee
    Latest News
    December 15, 2017, Friday
    Two Planks Theater Company is using its production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is using its production to help bring attention to the work of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement of Newtown.

    The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement announced December 11 that it has been awarded a multiyear, $600,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation for 2018-2021. The grant will be crucial in expanding the impact of the Choose Love Enrichment Program and continue the ability to provide the program at no cost to educators across the globe.…...Read Full Article

  • Early Issues Of ‘The Newtown Bee’ Now Digitized

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    December 15, 2017, Friday
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    HARTFORD — The Connecticut State Library announces that the three historically significant newspaper titles chosen to be digitized in collaboration with the National Digital Newspaper Program have been completed and are now available online through the Library of Congress’ newspaper site Chronicling America. The titles include New Haven’s Morning Journal and Courier, from 1880 to 1908; The Newtown…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Boy Scout Troop 270 Recognizes 97th Eagle Scout

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    December 15, 2017, Friday
    Newtown High School graduate Justin Cicarelli was celebrated recently for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  (photo courtesy Mary Thomas)

    Newtown Boy Scout Troop 270, sponsored by Newtown Congregational Church, recently honored and recognized Justin Cicarelli its 97th Eagle Scout. Family, friends, and members of Troop 270 attended the ceremony on November 25, when Justin received scouting’s highest award. The audience included Steve Agnew, Scatacook District chair for the Connecticut Yankee Council/Boy Scouts of America;…...Read Full Article