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  • Family Event Planned For WIN’s Golden Anniversary

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is hosting a Family Friendly Fun Night on Friday, October 24, and all Newtown residents and surrounding towns are invited.

    Members invite everyone to celebrate with them at Castle Hill Farm, at 25 Sugar Lane (off Route 302), from 7 to 10 pm.

    Try to find your way through the nighttime seven-acre corn maze, take a hay ride through the corn and hay fields, stay warm around the bonfire, and have your face painted with glow-in-the dark paint.

  • Four-Week EFT/Tapping Workshop To Begin At Resiliency Center

    (Monday, October 27, 2014: This article has been updated to reflect a slight change in the name of the workshop series.)

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    EFT/Tapping is stress and trauma relief technique that is an easy to learn, child-friendly tool that provides healing, comfort and resiliency through stressful events of life. Parenting is filled with emotionally intense moments, and EFT can help adults approach these moments with balance and confidence.

  • Retail (For) Therapy: A Night Out With Benefits

    “You know how some people like to go shopping and call it their therapy? This is a shopping event that will be helping others get therapy,” said Lauren Morehouse, describing an event she is helping to organize. Called Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm.

  • Open Burning Season To Start November 1

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has announced that the annual open burning season is scheduled to start Saturday, November 1. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued Wednesday, October 29, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Permits are $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Permits are for the burning of brush only, whose trunk size is no larger than three inches in diameter.

  • Weight Loss Challenge Seeking Several More Participants

    NYA Sports & Fitness Center, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank and additional support from Sandy Hook Promise, is launching a free, four-week wellness initiative for 40 adult Newtown residents currently struggling to maintain their fitness levels.

    The program’s goal is to help Newtown residents achieve a cumulative weight loss of at least 2,560 pounds over the next five years.

  • Mission: Wolf Visits Reed School

    Reed Intermediate School fifth graders were silently assembled around the school’s gymnasium as three wolves, lead by handlers, entered on Monday, October 13.

    Mission: Wolf is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary in Colorado, according to its website, missionwolf.org, and its traveling ambassadors have provided its outreach program worldwide.

  • ‘Unidentified Man’ Near Middle Gate School Prompts Security Measures

    Middle Gate Elementary School entered “lock-in” mode for about 45 minutes on Wednesday, October 22, while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the presence of an unidentified man who was spotted on the school grounds.

    There were no injuries in the incident, police said.

    Through their probe, police determined that situation amounted to “a misunderstanding,” said police Sergeant David Kullgren.

  • A Feast Of Food And Memories For Newtown Congregational Church

    It was a full house in the Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church, Friday evening, October 17, as members and friends of the congregation gathered for food and reflections on the church’s 300th anniversary, being celebrated this year.

    Photo albums and two slideshows gave dinner guests ample opportunity to explore the church’s more recent past, and in two brief talks during the course of the evening, Reverend Matthew Crebbin addressed the early years of the Newtown Congregational Church and its growth over three centuries.

  • Newtown Foundation, Others, Partner For December 11 Vigil To Commemorate Gun Violence Victims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, The Newtown Foundation will join Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington National Cathedral and allies from across the United States in a vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.

  • Sandy Hook Halloween Walk Returning Saturday

    Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) is hoping to see plenty of young costumed residents this weekend, during The Fourth Annual Sandy Hook Village Halloween Walk.

    This year’s event will be Saturday, October 25, from 11 am to 2 pm. Downtown merchants  — all located within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Washington Avenue-Riverside Road-Glen Road intersection — will scare up a delightful array of in-store candy and other treats for kids dressed in costume.