The town government has a new phone system. A new feature of the new system allows people to call the various departments directly, by dialing 270 and then the four-digit extension for that particular office. The town continues to use SNET equipment for its outside lines, and for its emergency dispatching system (which is expected to be revised by SNET in about six months, so the town can have an Enhanced-911 system for handling emergency calls.)
The SCAN Spring Juried Show & Sale opened on Saturday, May 3, but the show formally opened a public reception held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 4. Over $1,000 in cash prizes were awarded for a number of works in the show on Sunday afternoon, including “Smile,” a pastel by Harry Burman.
Mr Burman’s work received the group’s top honor, The Larry Newquist Award For Excellence/Best in Show. It was the second consecutive win of the Best in Show award for the artist.
“Hunger is in everyone’s backyard,” said Newtown Congregational Church Assistant Minister Allysa De Wolf, including Newtown. Two food pantries, FAITH in the basement of St John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, and the Salvation Army food pantry in Town Hall South, serve residents year round, and the number of people who make use of the pantries has increased in recent years.
Morning rain soaked the start to Newtown’s seventh annual Earth Day Festival, but did not hold back a late-day crowd Saturday, April 26.
“Yes, it was a great day,” said Connie Widmann, who helped organize this year’s event. Despite the day’s wet start, she said, “It was a wonderful turnout. As for the number of attendees, we felt that this was a great turn out for the weather at the start of the day.”
Newtown residents have reported multiple sightings — and hearings— of coyotes and coyote packs to The Newtown Bee in recent weeks. With recent news reports of dogs in Southington attacked by coyotes as their owner walked them on a trail, some people are anxious.
Diana Baxter has seen and heard a large pack of coyotes in the Walnut Tree Hill area the past week, and it makes her nervous.
Holy Cow! Have you had the new flavor at the Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop on Church Hill Road? “Rabbi Cherry Rocker” is a nod to Adath Israel’s spiritual (and rockin’) leader, Rabbi Shaul Praver. Vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate-covered cherries just might send you off your rocker, for sure.
There will be a referendum on the town’s $33.4 million budget. The budget had been approved by a 95 to 43 vote at the Town Meeting, April 25, but a petition drive led by Camille Taylor and Viola Murray will give voters a chance to change their minds. Over 1,000 signatures were collected.