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  • Reed Students ‘Lunch And Learn’

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    Architect and builder David Adams, with Design Builders & Remodeling, Inc, in Ridgefield, shows Reed students Nicholas Tetrault, right, and Braden Hazard some tips for designing spaces on Tuesday, January 10, during the school’s Lunch and Learn event. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    The Reed Intermediate School counseling department organized a “Lunch and Learn” program for the fifth and sixth graders at the school, for students to learn about different career choices from volunteers visiting the school at lunch time. The event took place over two days, according to school counselor Jen Welton, and this is the fourth…...Read Full Article

  • Sirius Coyote Visits Sandy Hook School

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    From left, Sirius Coyote’s Giovanni Ciarlo, Kathleen Sartor, and Dennis Waring perform for Sandy Hook Elementary School students on Thursday, January 12.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Sirius Coyote musicians presented musical performances for two assemblies at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Thursday, January 12. The group is based out of Watertown, according to member Kathleen Sartor. Ms Sartor said for the past 30 years the group has been offering arts and educational programs throughout the Northeast. As she later told the…...Read Full Article

  • Mentoring With Dr Erardi Part One Of Two: Ridgefield Assistant Superintendent Spending Time In Newtown

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    Ridgefield Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Beck with Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at Newtown Municipal Center. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Ridgefield Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Beck is mentoring with Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, this school year through the University of Connecticut’s Executive Leadership Program. She is one of two aspiring superintendents currently mentoring with Dr Erardi. Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue is also mentoring with Dr Erardi through a program…...Read Full Article

  • Lisa Unleashed: The Last Circus Performance

    Lisa Peterson
    Features
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
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    It’s over. The circus. Bethel’s own P.T. Barnum must be rolling over in his grave. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus will perform its last show on May 21 at New York’s Nassau Coliseum. Better get your tickets now. While declining ticket sales have been noted as one of the…...Read Full Article

  • Martial Arts Provides Opportunities For Wide Range Of Participants

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    Aurora Eller puts her training to work in the Moo Duk Kwan class, taught by Rich Ahlers. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    When you think of a lifetime sport, golf and tennis are among those that come to mind. But how about martial arts? Even with the high-level of athleticism, flexibility, and stamina needed for martial arts, it is an option for just about all ages. There are a handful of martial arts studios in Newtown and…...Read Full Article

  • Head O’ Meadow Kindergarten Students Learn About Animals And Nature

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    Teacher-naturalist Colleen Noyes of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield introduced a rabbit to kindergarten students at Head O’ Meadow on Monday, January 9.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Teacher-naturalist Colleen Noyes from the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield visited with the different kindergarten classes at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School on Monday, January 9. Ms Noyes brought different creatures with her to the school for the presentations. In Miryam Kuligowski’s classroom, Ms Noyes sat in a circle of students as she introduced…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Police Seek Public Help After Two Robberies, Apparent Hate Crime

    John Voket
    Front Page
    January 22, 2017, Sunday
    A racial slur and two swastikas were located at the scene of an armed robbery Saturday evening at about 8:28 pm at Red Rooster Liquor at 113 South Main Street. Police are planning to notify federal authorities after two individuals entered the store - one brandishing a firearm - and took a large amount of cash, igniting a fire as they exited. Police discovered this evidence as they investigated the scene.   (Bee Photo, Hicks)

    Two robberies in less than 24-hours within a half mile of each other, one with apparent hate crime implications, have Newtown Police seeking the public's assistance in their investigations. For the second night in a row, a swarm of police vehicles and yellow crime tape lined a South Main Street business. According to Police Chief…...Read Full Article

  • Girls’ Basketball Team Wins Two Games, Clinches Playoff Spot

    Andy Hutchison
    Front Page
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
    Olyvia Shaw dribbles the ball during Newtown's win over Lauralton Hall. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team won two home games in as many days, defeating Immaculate of Danbury, 39-29, on January 20, and toppling Lauralton Hall of Milford, 47-32 the next afternoon. The Nighthawks, with their win over Immaculate, picked up their eighth victory of the campaign to clinch a state playoff berth. Newtown improved…...Read Full Article

  • Cartelli Nets Three As Hawks Skate To Victory

    Andy Hutchison
    Front Page
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
    Kyle Murphy was strong in goal as the Newtown hockey team defeated Horace Greeley. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    Domenic Cartelli’s three goals helped Newtown High School’s hockey team to its third straight win – a 6-4 victory over Horace Greeley of New York, at Danbury Ice Arena, on January 21. The Nighthawks improved to 7-2 this winter. Scott McLean scored twice and Lucas O’Brien added another tally for the Hawks. Newtown built leads…...Read Full Article

  • NHS Announces ‘Evita’ As Spring Musical

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
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    This year’s Newtown High School spring musical is promising to be like no other. With the NHS auditorium project ongoing, preparations need to be made to make sure the production is more like a touring company show. Jane Matson, the production’s director, announced that this year’s musical will be Evita. While the venue is yet…...Read Full Article

  • Connecticut Historical Society Offers Lesson On State Government For Hawley Students

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
    Connecticut Historical Society Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs Corinne Swanson asks Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students on January 5 if they know how a bill becomes a law. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Hawley Elementary School fourth grade students were treated to a lesson on the state government when Connecticut Historical Society Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs Corinne Swanson visited the school on Thursday, January 5. Ms Swanson gave a presentation in each of the fourth grade classrooms. She told students in Gina Shanahan’s class, currently overseen…...Read Full Article

  • FUN Plans Benefit Concert, More Activities After Best Year Ever

    John Voket
    Features
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
    Families United in Newtown (FUN) founder Linda Jones, far left, and 2016-17 National Honors Society leader Dylan Lew flank a group of local high school students, volunteers, and guests who came out for the group’s well-attended holiday event in early December.

    The many local children and teens on the autism spectrum, their families, and the nearly 100 Newtown High School National Honors Society volunteers who gathered to support activities hosted by the grassroots service group Families United in Newtown had more “FUN” than ever in 2016, as founder Linda Jones looked back on what she described…...Read Full Article

  • Pet Bereavement Support Group Coming To NVS

    Alissa Silber
    Features Section
    January 21, 2017, Saturday
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    Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) will be hosting A Life Celebration For Our Animal Companions with ordained animal chaplain and certified pet loss facilitator Barbra Richards. NVS referral liaison Kira Fearnley said that losing a pet can be incredibly hard and can leave a big hole in a person's life. "Sometimes people don't know what to…...Read Full Article

  • Truly Thankful For Generosity

    The Newtown Bee
    Letters To The Editor
    January 20, 2017, Friday
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    To the Editor: On behalf of the residents and management of Nunnawauk Meadows, I want to thank Golden Opportunities and Laura Branchini and helpers (Karen Harris, Lynette Daria, Phyllis Santilli, Ruth Brassard, Susan Belanger, Merita Narel and Charlene Calandro), who coordinated the 2016 Tag-A-Tree program and so graciously included our residents as recipients of these…...Read Full Article

  • Southbury Man Killed In Mt Pleasant Road Motorcycle Accident

    Andrew Gorosko
    Front Page
    January 20, 2017, Friday
    Town police responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on Mt Pleasant Road, midafternoon on Thursday, January 19. The impact killed a Southbury man. Police conducted a lengthy investigation at the scene, resulting in an extended road closure. 	(Bee Photo, Gorosko)

    Police report that a Southbury man was killed about 3 pm on Thursday, January 19, when riding a motorcycle on Mt Pleasant Road; the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck some flex-beam metallic guardrailing, resulting in fatal injuries. Dead is Michael Defusco, age 42, police said. A spokeswoman for the chief state medical examiner’s…...Read Full Article

  • Discover Nouveau Monde Wine Bar and Bistro

    Alissa Silber
    Restaurants
    January 20, 2017, Friday
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    Looking for a cool place in town to enjoy great drinks and food? Take a short voyage to Nouveau Monde Wine Bar and Bistro, 6 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, to embark on a taste bud exploration. Nouveau Monde is French for “New World.” Newtown residents and owners Peter Chang and Bill Towne understand…...Read Full Article

  • First Selectman Unveils 2017 Budget Proposal

    John Voket
    Front Page
    January 20, 2017, Friday
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    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Town Finance Director Robert Tait unveiled a 2017 municipal budget proposal to the Board of Selectmen January 17 requesting an overall 1.8 percent increase, and set aside three future meeting dates for deliberation and discussions with various town department heads before turning their best version over to the Board of…...Read Full Article

  • Selectmen Consider Three Adjacent Community Center Sites

    John Voket
    Front Page
    January 20, 2017, Friday
    Planning Director George Benson, far left, and newly appointed Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development Christal Preszler joined Selectman Herb Rosenthal, First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Selectman Will Rodgers January 17 in front of a scale model of part of the Fairfield Hills campus where officials are planning to site the new community center.  (Bee Photo, Voket)

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed three possible locations in the southwestern corner of Fairfield Hills for the future community center site January 17, but the final decision on which will be chosen could be determined by what lies just below them. Selectmen were joined by Rusty Malick and Kevin McFarland of the architectural firm Quisenberry…...Read Full Article

  • Terence M. Laverty

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    January 20, 2017, Friday
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    Terence M. Laverty, 72, of Brookfield, husband of Eunice “Sis” (Schatzle) Laverty, died January 16. He was born in Massapequa, N.Y., on June 4, 1944, a son of the late Marguerite (O’Brien) and Robert Laverty. He attended Long Island schools and graduated from Yankton College in Yankton, S.D. A retired insurance adjuster, he was co-proprietor…...Read Full Article

  • Town Leaders Called To Support Developing ECS Legislation

    John Voket
    Front Page
    January 20, 2017, Friday
    Newtown’s statehouse delegation, from left, Representatives J.P. Sredzinski, Mitch Bolinsky, and Will Duff, joined School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at the January 18 Legislative Council meeting to request town leaders support for developing legislation to help refine Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula, which is expected to be introduced to the Legislature’s Education Committee — possibly as early as next week. (Bee Photo, Voket)

    How does a town like Farmington receive a 153 percent allotment of state Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) funding — while Newtown, with myriad demographic similarities — only sees 47 percent of its entitled share? That was the question on the minds of Legislative Council members as they welcomed three members of Newtown’s legislative delegation to…...Read Full Article