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  • A Summer Adventure To Gambia

    Katelyn Kean of Newtown, right, with Rosie Hammak, left, and Anna Passaniti, top right, worked together at one of two archeology sites in the Republic of the Gambia this summer. 

  • Computer Programming With Scratch 2.0

    Between students working to create their own games, Introduction to Computer Programming Using Scratch 2.0 instructor Tim McGuire offered tips and examples of other ways to improve their projects on Thursday, July 10.

    The course, which was offered through Newtown Continuing Education, ran July 7-11. Mr McGuire, the computer technology teacher at Reed Intermediate School, also offered a WeDo Robotics and a Minecraft course this summer.

  • Police Urge Motorist Awareness Of Child Heat Issues

    Town police last week used an electronic display positioned along South Main Street at the Ram Pasture to drive home the message that motorists must make sure that they do not leave children unattended in motor vehicles in the summertime when temperatures inside vehicles can rise to lethal levels.

    The large black electronic display, which is on loan from the state government, flashed sequential phrases that urged motorists to be aware of the problem.

  • State By State, Stitch By Stitch, Local Quilter Creates Support For SkillsUSA

    When she returned to Kansas City last month for the annual SkillsUSA competition, Adell Mastro arrived with her latest quilt creation. A queen-size quilt, “Kansas City: Thank You And Farewell,” had been designed and then hand stitched by the Newtown resident, and was her entry for this year’s national convention.

  • School, Health Officials Praise CPR, Defibrillator Training Initiative

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr and Health District Director Donna Culbert are both praising a recent unanimous State Board of Education resolution encouraging Connecticut public schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators.

  • Resiliency Team Hired, Local Agencies Receive DOJ Funding Allocations

    Newtown’s post 12/14 recovery and resiliency efforts are about to accelerate with the hiring of a team of mental health experts and case managers, and the distribution of funds to underwrite outreach and support programs being coordinated through several separate town agencies.

  • Parade Committee Hoping For Financial Support From Residents

    What would you do, if you had only a third of the funds necessary to present a $30,000 event? If you are the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee, you would have faith, and move forward with the plans for the 53rd annual parade, scheduled to put its best foot forward Monday, September 1, at 10 am.

    Nonetheless, said Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell, it would be nice to have a little more wiggle room, this late in the game.

  • Director And Actor Celebrate Two Decades Of Collaboration

    I Hate Hamlet, the current production by Town Players of Newtown at The Little Theatre, is the 20th full-length play at the Orchard Hill Road theater in which director Ruth Anne Baumgartner has had the pleasure of directing actor Rob Pawlikowski.

  • Dennis DeYoung Visits: Two Theatrical Firsts Prepping To Premiere In Newtown

    Rock star Dennis DeYoung has performed before millions of fans as a musician and actor; has been honored with a number one hit and People’s Choice Award for his touching ballad, “Babe” as a member of the rock band Styx; and has contributed his creative talents to full-scale musical productions.

  • Funds Approved For Church Hill Road Sidewalk Link

    With Board of Finance approval July 14, and anticipated Legislative Council endorsement, top donors including Newtown’s Draper family, as well as town and borough of Newtown officials are poised to complete a critical link to a planned “Memorial Sidewalk” that supporters hope will eventually connect Main Street to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.