All town offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day. Newtown Senior Center and C.H. Booth Library also will be closed on Friday, July 3. The transfer station will be open on Friday, however, and closed on Saturday. Click through to see additional closings scheduled in relation to the national holiday that commemorates the date the original 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, featuring the United Soccer League’s New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League, on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. The evening will kick off at 6, outside of the ballpark, with an interactive fan zone. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. All net proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction held that evening, will go to NYFS.
Perhaps nothing is more synonymous with Newtown High School sporting events than the voice that can be heard emanating throughout the gymnasium, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on the back fields, and occasionally Treadwell Park, announcing starting lineups, and filling in the crowd between plays. That voice belongs to Jason “J” Edwards, a teacher at Newtown High by day, and a public address announcer by afternoon, night, and weekend. Edwards, this past spring, announced his 1,000th game for the Nighthawks.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the commission will be discussing whether town police officers should use body cameras while on duty to visually and sonically record their interactions with the public. The state legislature on June 29 passed two criminal justice bills, one of which covers the use of police body cameras. That bill requires that state police wear such body cameras and also offers financial incentives to municipalities to have their police departments use such devices. Mr Mangiafico stressed that the idea is under consideration at this time; a decision has not been made yet concerning the use of such equipment by local police officers. If they were to be employed, the Police Commission would need to formulate regulations on the use of body cameras, he said. The chairman noted that Police Commission members briefly talked about body cameras at a recent meeting, but added, “It was not a long discussion.”
Consider yourself an American history enthusiast? Think you know all there is to know about the patriotic exploits of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Benedict Arnold, and Martha Dandridge (Washington)? Then you should get to know Liberty Smith. More than four dozen youthful but talented cast members starring in this comedic, historical musical being staged this summer by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation, met for an initial read-through Monday, June 29 in the cafetorium at Newtown High School. A similar exercise happened with the 120-plus actors of NewArts production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr later in the week.
Electors and citizens qualified to vote at town meetings of the Town of Newtown are being called to participate in a Special Town Meeting on Monday, July 6, at 7:15 pm, at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Among other things to be done during a meeting expected to last less than 15 minutes, qualified voters will be asked to endorse or reject a resolution for a special appropriation in the amount of $3.6 million for the planning, design, and construction of improvements to the Newtown High School auditorium, and authorizing the issuance of $3.6 million in bonds to cover that appropriation.
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