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  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Donations, Sponsorships Sought

    The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown has expanded its fundraising for the 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture, scheduled this year for Friday, December 5. The event will begin with musical performances at 6:30 pm, and culminate with the tree lighting at 7, followed by caroling, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs Claus.

  • Police Reports, November 8-18, 2014

    Mt Pleasant DUI

    Police report that at about 10:30 pm on November 13, they stopped motorist Kathryn Casas, 37, of Danbury for making a motor vehicle violation on Mt Pleasant Road, near its intersection with Susan Lane.

    After investigating, police charged Casas with driving under the influence and with failure to drive in the proper lane.

    Following processing, police released Casas on $1,000 bail for a November 26 arraignment on the charges in Danbury Superior Court.

  • Garden Club Of Newtown Preparing For Annual Greens Sale

    Members of The Garden Club of Newtown held one of their first workshops for the annual Greens Sale on November 18. Many ladies created ornaments that will be used to decorate fresh evergreen wreaths that will be sold on December 6.

     

  • Stuff-A-Bus, Saturday At Stop & Shop

    For the second year in a row, All-Star Transportation is hoping shoppers will help fill a school bus with donations for Newtown Social Services.

    A Stuff-A-Bus event will be held Saturday, November 22, from 9 am until 3 pm, at Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street.

    Donations of any nonperishable goods will be accepted, according to Social Services Director Ann Piccini.

    “We’re really low on everything,” Ms Piccini said this week. “We’ve used up all the excess pasta we had on the shelves.”

  • Theater Review: ‘Five Women’ Is Not Just For The Girls

    RIDGEFIELD — The opening night of Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, celebrated last Friday night at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, was well received by a fully sated, sold out audience.  The cabaret style seating lent itself to the camaraderie and intimacy of the piece. We felt like flies on the wall of the bedroom set, so much so that audience members felt compelled to chime in.

  • Theater Review: An Astounding Cast, A Strong Director For ‘The Normal Heart’

    BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, under the direction of David Bass, is pretty much flawless.

    Full disclosure here, I love this play.  It pulls back the curtain on a dark time in American history, when many were willing to turn a blind eye to a plague striking an entire population deemed to be different. Because of their preferences, they were marginalized in their time of suffering and need. Tissues should be provided with the tickets.

  • Police Investigation Into School Threats Continuing

    Police said this week they are continuing to investigate a threat made against St Rose School midday on November 14, which resulted in the parochial school at 40 Church Hill Road briefly being put into “lockdown” mode as a protective measure.

  • Officials, Agencies Respond To Latest 12/14 Survivors’ Testimony

    Newtown officials and spokespersons for state agencies involved with supporting both immediate victims and survivors of 12/14 responded to queries by The Newtown Bee following testimony last week by two surviving families to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The 16-member panel appointed last year by Governor Dannel Malloy is tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety.

  • In Response To Petition, Jay Leno Cancels Appearance At Gun Industry Trade Show

    Newtown Action Alliance, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Campaign to Unload announced Wednesday, November 19, comedian Jay Leno’s decision to cancel his appearance at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), an annual event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the gun industry. Mr Leno’s cancellation came just hours after the three gun violence prevention groups had launched a petition Wednesday morning, calling on him to take this action.

  • VFW, Others, Hosting Toys For Tots Collection

    Newtown Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 308 is conducting its Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program through mid-December.

    Collection boxes will remain at the post on Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), until Friday, December 19. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are welcome.

    For more information, contact post member Dave Silber at Dave4Handyman@gmail.com.