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  • Dog Owners: Time To Renew Dog Licenses

    Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead reminds owners of dogs six months of age and over that their pets must be licensed annually during the month of June. 

    The new 2015 licenses are available at the town clerk’s office beginning June 1 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

  • June 5 Flag Retirement Ceremony Scheduled

  • A Country Store Well Stocked With Gifts You Can’t Buy

    Health Day, the online “News for Healthier Living” newsletter, notes in a November 2014 article that a study of more than 7,000 Americans found “the higher people scored on a ‘purpose in life’ scale, the more likely they were to get various [health] screening tests over the next six years.” People who found their lives to be purposeful tended to spend less time in hospitals and were more likely to spend time on preventative health care.

  • Flash Flood Warning Issued

    The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Fairfield County and northwestern New Haven County.

    The warning will remain in effect until 7:45 pm.

    At 4:49 pm, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected.

    In addition to Newtown, locations that will experience flooding include Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, Southbury, Wolcott, Bethel, Cheshire Village, Roxbury Falls, Chimney Point and Putnam Lake.

  • June 7 At Dickinson Park: Ben’s Bells Planning Celebration Of Kindness

    Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm.

    The mission of Ben’s Bells is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.”

  • Lake-To-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride Planned For Leaps Of Faith

    SOUTHBURY — The LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its third annual Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride on Sunday, June 28. The ride starts at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area, on River Road in Southbury.

    Online registration is $35 and no other fundraising is required. Registration is free for children under 14 years old.

    The Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride is a rain or shine event. Registration opens at 7 am.

  • Essays By Renata Adler Pose A Persistent Question: ‘What’s Going On Here?’

    “What does it mean to have a collection?”

    Writer Renata Adler considered that question one recent morning, passing her fingers down the long braid that drapes over her right shoulder, much the same as in the 1978 Richard Avedon photo of her that graces the cover of her latest book. “I guess I haven’t really thought about that,” she answered.

  • "The Power Of Purple:" A Festival of The Arts, A Relay For Life Event

    A special event showcasing the literary, performing, and visual artistic support of Newtown’s student community, “The Power of Purple: A Festival of the Arts” will be presented Friday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Reed Intermediate School.

    Presented one week before Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life, “The Power of Purple” will offer performances by students of Connecticut Dance, Dance Etc, Gray School of Irish Dance, Monroe Dance Academy, and Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet.

  • Sandy Hook Garden Included In Garden Conservancy Open Days Program

    Jean Sander discusses the newest addition to the magnificent gardens she has been creating at her Sandy Hook home since 2006: a handmade birdhouse hidden within a woodland garden.

     

  • Lisa Unleashed: Remembering The Animals Of The Great War

    Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868, where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery  to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century into a national day of remembrance held annually on May 30.