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  • Newtown Hikers Announce Spring 2015 Schedule

    Newtown Hikers has released its schedule for the remainder of the 2015 spring season. The season was scheduled to open March 21, and will continue weekly through Saturday, June 20.

    Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee.

    Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release.

  • Info Session Scheduled On Proposed Cuts To State’s Voluntary Services Program

    State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and representatives from The Arc Connecticut will attend an information session at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, April 9. The discussion will concern proposed cuts in the 2016 and 2017 state spending plan that were presented by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 18, to the Voluntary Services Program, within the Department of Developmental Services.

  • P&Z Endorses Hawleyville Sewer System Extension

    Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • GOP Meet & Greet Invites Unaffiliated Voters

    The Newtown Republican Town Committee is calling all party members who may currently, or at some point in the future, consider serving their community in an elected or appointed capacity. And for the first time, the GOP is actively recruiting unaffiliated voters who may have expertise or knowledge they can contribute by filling Republican vacancies on appointed boards.

  • Take A Seat In Support Of Recovery Fund

    Raffle tickets for this oversized Adirondack chair will be sold Friday, March 27, between 5:30 and 8 pm, at Reed Intermediate School. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday morning around 9 am, just before the start of the 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K.

  • Newtown Prevention Council Focusing On Resiliency

    At the Newtown Prevention Council meeting on Thursday, March 19, members reviewed a workshop conducted in January and worked on ways to continue its efforts to foster a resilient community.

    Prevention Council Vice Chair Donna Culbert said the January event involved 75 people gathering to work on the effort, “and there was a lot of really thoughtful discussion and a lot of concrete suggestions and ideas that were shared.”

  • Theater Review: Something To Believe In

    RIDGEFIELD — Oblivion is a play about just that: “the state of being unaware of what is happening.”

    Carly Mensch’s carefully crafted story serves to encourage the audience to believe in things that may not be tangible, visible or reliable, yet we all need to have faith in something. Ridgefield Theater Barn is staging only the third production of Oblivion since its premiere in November 2011, and it is well worth seeing for the valuable and uplifting message this play imparts.

  • HealthVest Makes Bid To Build Behavioral Health Facility At Fairfield Hills

    Psychiatric hospital developers have submitted a formal letter of intent (LOI) for a land lease to establish a roughly 100-bed facility at Fairfield Hills, which the campus authority members moved to accept Monday.

    Speaking with the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) this week was CBRE First Vice President Randy Eigen, who introduced himself as the real estate broker representing Richard Kresch, MD. Dr Kresch is the CEO of US HealthVest, a behavioral health care venture.

  • Mulholland Elected To Second Term As P&Z Chairman

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)  held its annual election of officers on March 19, naming Republican Robert Mulholland of Sandy Hook to a second one-year term as the agency’s chairman.

    Mr Mulholland had served as the panel’s vice chairman before first becoming its chairman more than a year ago.

    Named to a second one-year term as vice chairman was Republican Michael Porco, Sr.

  • Luke’s Toy Factory To Be Featured On CPTV

    Reaching for an apple-red fire truck Wednesday, March 18, Joanne Whiting lifted the children’s toy from a shelf. The store manager for The Toy Tree on Church Hill Road, she and store owner Tracy Schmid waited for parents to arrive and meet the makers of the toy: Sandy Hook father and son Jim and Luke Barber.