A week before building begins, Newtown has filed suit against the state in an effort to delay construction of a $52 million jail here, and plans another in hopes of forcing the state to relocate. A state official overseeing plans for the 400-cell jail said Thursday, however, that the town’s lawsuit is based on incomplete and incorrect information. A successful lawsuit may delay work at the site anywhere from 60 days to six months or a year.
We are products of our choices. With Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet, The Town Players of Newtown tackles the question of art over fame and fortune for one young, contemplative TV star. In doing so, the Town Players current summer fare proves to be the perfect antidote to summer doldrums and a delightful evening of theatre.
The 1750 Matthew Curtiss House at 44 Main Street, which is the museum and headquarters of Newtown Historical Society, was the stepping-off point for the society’s 18th Annual House & Garden Tour on Saturday, June 28. Participants obtained maps there of the houses and gardens on display. The event is a fundraiser for the society.
Jeff Shwartz is a beekeeper, which entails much more than a sweet, amber-colored reward.
“Believe it or not, I thought I wanted honey,” he said. Regarding the work he began in 2007, he said, “I thought that a couple of times a year you pull on a deep sea diving suit and steal honey” from the bee hives. He soon discovered that tending bees was a far bigger business.
Stop & Shop Store Manager Rich Marcuccio, right, FAITH Food Pantry co-chair Nancy Taylor and event co-organizer and Newtown resident Chris Sferruzzo gathered in front of several pallets of food collected for FAITH Food Pantry during a June 14 car show and raffle held at the South Main Street grocery store in Sand Hill Plaza.
Gusts of wind interrupted the sunny day, causing merchants and guests at the Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills to grab for tent posts. Temporarily knocked askew were the awnings casting shade over fresh produce from area farms, and other goods offered by local merchants and crafters.
Paper may be the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary, but for those involved with Hearts of Hope, something in ceramic may be even more appropriate.
Barb Tarpey and her two daughters were among a few dozen people who attended the first anniversary gathering of the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter on June 18. She and her daughters were in the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church to paint palm-sized ceramic hearts for the first time Wednesday evening, and Mom was having a little trouble deciding where to begin.