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  • Regionalized Emergency Dispatch: Seeing Green

    After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.

  • Ninetieth Annual Bethlehem Fair This Weekend

    BETHLEHEM — The 90th Bethlehem Fair will be held September 5-7.

    The gates open on Friday evening at 5 pm, and guests will enjoy Cruise Night with a 50s, 60s and 70s car show, along with music by The “Cast” of Beatlemania at the main stage at 7.

    A pony draw and Bracelet Night will also be highlights on Friday, with unlimited amusement rides from 5 to 10 pm for one price.

  • FEMA Equipment Grants Approved For Two More Volunteer Fire Companies

    Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

    Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).

  • CREC To Rename Avon School In Memory Of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene

    AVON — The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is taking steps to ensure that love will always win.

    In an effort to recognize the caring and compassionate nature of 12/14 victim Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, CREC announced on September 2 that it will rename the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary School. The school, which is located in a temporary facility in Avon, will now be called The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School.

  • No Injuries, But ‘Considerable Damage’ In Sandy Hook House Fire

    More than 50 local firefighters responded on the evening of Tuesday, September 2, to a house fire reported at 40 Alpine Circle in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead said there were no injuries in the blaze, which caused “considerable damage” to the Rebecco residence.

    Chief Halstead was investigating at the scene on Wednesday morning in seeking to determine what caused the fire. Chief Halstead also is the town fire marshal.

    No damage estimate was immediately available.

  • ‘Write On, Newtown!’ Is ‘Right On’ For Labor Day Parade

    Grand Marshal Sydney Eddison prepares to throw a flower toward bystanders during Monday’s parade.  

  • ‘Essentials First’ At RCN, Thursday

    The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces “Essentials First,” a workshop on essential oils and their effects on emotional and physical health, to take place Thursday, September 4, from 1 to 2:30 pm.

    Kristen Van Wey will present the program, which will share the therapeutic values of essential oils and supplements. Attendees will learn how to cleanse, support, and heal from the inside out. The program will have a focus on supporting emotional health and PTSD through the use of essential oils.

  • Canine And Horse Event, September 10 At Horse Guard Headquarters

    The Newtown Kennel Club (NKC) invites animal lovers of all ages for a fun-filled family evening featuring police K-9 demos, a cavalry drill ride, kids’ giveaways, and free pizza on Wednesday, September 10.

    Meet members of the Newtown Police Department K-9 Unit, the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), and NKC on 2GHG’s picturesque grounds at 4 Wildlife Drive, on the Fairfield Hills Campus.

  • Newtown Author To Participate In 'Chicken Soup For The Soul' Event Wednesday In Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD — New Hope Community Church Senior Pastor and author Jim Solomon will participate in a book talk with Amy Newmark, publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, concerning Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias.

  • I Scream, You Scream: What’s In That Ice Cream?

    Growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s, one of our favorite commercials shouted out, “I scream, you scream! We all scream for… ice milk!” Of course, ice milk was the only alternative to ice cream, and this commercial touted ice milk as the healthy alternative.