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  • Summit At Newtown: South Main Street Mixed-Use Building Gains P&Z Approval

    Following a July 17 public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approved the construction of an 18,750-square-foot mixed-use two-story building at a 2.35-acre site at 146 South Main Street (Route 25), in which the lower level would be commercial space and the upper level would hold up to ten rental apartments.

  • A Glimpse Of The Garden: Ida’s Garden Takes Shape

    Howard Lasher and two of his friends, Emma and Sara, stand next to the moon door at the entrance to Ida’s Garden, a memorial to his mother.

  • Holding Court And Prosecuting Weeds

    Elaine Benko and Lana Dorrian spent time this month raking and weeding a bocce court at The Pleasance, 1 Main Street.

  • Cluster-Style 23-Lot Residential Subdivision Proposed

    Two development firms are proposing the construction of a cluster-style residential subdivision that would hold 23 single-family house lots on a 167-acre tract.

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have received for review the project known as The Preserve at Newtown from developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.

  • DOT Describes Church Hill Road Improvement Project

    State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials this week provided more details on their plans to improve a 1,100-foot-long section of Church Hill Road, including realigning the broadly offset intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road to make it a conventional four-way signalized intersection.

    Six DOT officials attended a July 22 informational session to answer questions on the approximately $4 million construction project, which is slated to start in April 2016.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Taking Teens To Colorado To Repair Flood Damage

    The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall.

    In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.

  • Sports Car Runs Off Hawleyville Road, Hits Tree

    About 2:33 am on Sunday, July 20, police received a call reporting that a vehicle had driven off the road and gone down an embankment alongside Hawleyville Road (Route 25), near the Brookfield town line.

    Police responded to the area to investigate and found that motorist Robert Pallo, 62, of Brookfield, who was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, was trapped inside the sports car amid trees and brush on an embankment on residential property at 63 Hawleyville Road. There were no passengers.

  • Rehearsals Underway For ‘Rockin’ Midsummer Night,’ ‘101 Dalmatians’ Musicals

    The 12.14 Foundation is well into rehearsals for two productions that will be presented at Newtown High School next month.

    The world premiere of A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new musical version of Shakespeare’s story adapted by Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar with a score by Mr Svejcar.

  • Nature Nick Visits C.H. Booth Library

    Long Island animal trainer “Nature Nick” Jacinto visited Newtown’s C.H. Booth Library Friday, July 18, showing kids a number of exotic animals.

    “I’m here to show neat animals,” said Nature Nick as he presented the first animal to his audience, an African hedgehog named “Sprinkles.”

    “The spikey pricks on its back are made of protein, keratin to be exact,” he said.

  • Town Players To Go ‘Fully Committed’

    Town Players of Newtown will continue its summer of laughs with a special production of Fully Committed by Becky Mode, who has created a show for those who love the hilarity of fast-paced farces.

    Fully Committed follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an “in between gigs” actor who takes reservations at Manhattan’s hottest restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics — a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their quest to land a prime reservation (or the right table).