NYA Sports & Fitness Center, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank and additional support from Sandy Hook Promise, is launching a free, four-week wellness initiative for 40 adult Newtown residents currently struggling to maintain their fitness levels.
Currently celebrating its 25th year, The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School will host its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, October 25, from 10 am until 3 pm. The event will run rain or shine on HVWS’s South Campus at 1 Jacklin Road.
Middle Gate Elementary School entered “lock-in” mode for about 45 minutes on Wednesday, October 22, while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the presence of an unidentified man who was spotted on the school grounds. There were no injuries in the incident, police said. An adult male who was on school grounds "left abruptly," according to Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi Jr, after being approached by school staff members. The incident led to the lock-in closed protocol being used, which prohibits visitors from entering the building and also requires that all students and staff be inside the building. Through their probe, police determined that situation amounted to “a misunderstanding,” said police Sergeant David Kullgren.
It was a full house in the Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, Friday evening, October 17, as members and friends of the congregation gathered for food and reflections on the church’s 300th anniversary, being celebrated this year. Photo albums and two slideshows gave dinner guests ample opportunity to explore the church’s more recent past, and in two brief talks during the course of the evening, Reverend Matthew Crebbin addressed the early years of the Newtown Congregational Church and its growth over three centuries. Three hundred years ago, remarked Rev Crebbin, the church’s senior pastor, residents probably gathered in a private home to worship.
Reed Intermediate School fifth graders were silently assembled around the school’s gymnasium as three wolves, lead by handlers, entered on Monday, October 13. Mission: Wolf is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary in Colorado, and its traveling ambassadors have provided its outreach program worldwide. Before the wolves entered the gymnasium, Mission: Wolf Co-Founder and Executive Director Kent Weber and Reed fifth grade teacher Karen King prepared the students. If the students jumped or behaved disrespectfully, Mr Weber warned, the wolves would run out of the gymnasium. Mr Weber also told the students he would show them how wild animals communicate, and he described some techniques to interact with wolves that can also be used with dogs.
In control of their own destiny, but also down to the wire, members of the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team stepped up and locked up a South-West Conference playoff berth with a 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, under the lights at Sacred Heart University on October 20. Blake Jarvis, Clay Gattey, and Shane Gattey all scored in the team’s final conference game of the regular season.
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