Since 1997, The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has annually donated back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies through their Backpack Program to fulfill the needs of children in Newtown. Newtown Social Services works in coordination with NJWC to inform the club about quantities and supplies needed.
This year the club expects to fill approximately 92 backpacks with required supplies.
UPDATE (Monday, July 20, 2015; 3:52 pm): This story has been updated to reflect that Governor Malloy ordered US and State of Conneticut flags to be lowered to honor those killed in Tennessee last week.
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Hook & Ladder firefighters lowered the flag on Main Street to half-staff this morning, to honor the five servicemen killed last week in a shooting incident in Tennessee.
Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.
When a husband and wife don’t communicate, they sometimes end up finding out surprising – even shocking – things about one other. That’s the premise of The Problem by AR Gurney, one of the plays featured in Town Players of Newtown’s “Hot August Nights – One Acts,” which will run weekends July 31-August 8.
Tractor Supply Company, a major retailer whose product lines include agriculture, livestock, equine, pet care, home improvement, and lawn and garden maintenance, is seeking a preliminary land use approval from the town toward its goal of locating a new store on a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street.
The property is on the west side of South Main Street, south of South Main Street’s intersection with Simm Lane.
HARTFORD (AP) — Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed on 12/14 said Friday.
“Since almost the beginning I had an intuitive awareness that had the shooter in our case had access to social and emotional learning this tragedy would not have happened,” Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, said at a July 17 news conference with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
SOUTHBURY — An off-duty Newtown police officer was involved in a one-car accident on Main Street South early on the morning of July 11.
Southbury police said that Michael McGowan, 42, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry sedan eastward on Main Street South, west of its intersection with Hollow Swamp Road, when he fell asleep at the wheel at about 12:39 am.
This photo of Newtown’s famous flagpole intersection at Main Street and Church Hill Road was taken by Joey Santella with the help of his DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in the fall to study unmanned autonomous systems.