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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.