• Another Main Street Flagpole Intersection Traffic Study Planned

    In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The commission serves as the local traffic authority.

  • Computer Programming With Scratch Camp

    Under the guidance of instructor Tim McGuire, students in Newtown Continuing Education’s Introduction to Computer Programming Using Scratch 2.0 worked on Wednesday, July 22, to create computer games.

    Mr McGuire said the camp, which has been offered before, drew 15 students this year, and a number of them were returning campers from previous years or from other computer camps offered this summer. The camp ran from July 20 to July 24.

  • Hartt School Theater Designer Selected As NHS Auditorium Architect

    Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commissioners (PBSC), who oversee most of the community’s public capital projects, unanimously selected Smith Edwards McCoy Architects of Hartford to design the Newtown High School auditorium renovation. The firm has a portfolio that includes a new performing arts center for Hartt School at the University of Hartford that was converted from a crumbling abandoned auto dealership.

  • Works By Aria Brownell At Municipal Center

    The work of Aria Brownell is being featured at The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center through the end of August.

    Ms Brownell is a graduate of Newtown High School and SUNY Purchase; she earned a BFA from the latter.

    She is the daughter of Robert Rabinowitz and Lee Brownell of Newtown.

  • Sandy Hook Promise Helps Fund Resiliency Program

    Sandy Hook Promise, the national non-profit led by several families that lost a loved one in the Sandy Hook School shooting, recently donated $47,000 to help fund a year-long, four-phase resiliency program for members of the emergency response communities and their families.

    The program is organized by the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team and run by HEART 9/11, a group of 9/11 first responders that has helped other first responders, families, and communities heal and rebuild following tragedies.

  • Police Reports, July 22-August 4, 2015

    DUI Arrest

    On August 1, motorist Brian Dinse, 22, of Guilford, who was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck on the Exit 11 off-ramp for westbound Interstate 84, became involved in an accident, state police said.

    There were no injuries. State police said they charged Dinse with driving under the influence and with failure to maintain position in the travel lane.

    State police released Dinse for a court appearance after he posted a $500 nonsurety bail.

  • Police Seeking Child Day Care Info

    Town police are asking local child day care centers to review a recent state law to learn whether that law requires them to provide certain contact information to police.

    Police would use such contact information to reach those day care centers to inform them of any emergencies or natural disasters that may affect the safety of the children at the centers.

  • School Board Approves Avielle Foundation’s Spark Initiative Pilot

    The Board of Education approved The Avielle Foundation’s Spark Project as a pilot for the 2015-16 school year during its meeting on Thursday, July 30. 

    The Spark Project is a program of The Avielle Foundation, and it is an initiative to develop social-emotional learning, leadership, and compassion skills on a communitywide basis and beyond, according to the foundation.

  • Dickinson Memorial Park Transforms For Dagorhir Camp

    The last day of the July session of the Dagorhir Fantasy Camp was Friday, July 17, and there were many campers ready for a full day of role play and fantasy-based games.

    Andrew Mangold has been running the camp for the past seven years. Each month, there is a one-week camp, with sessions running from 10 am to 1 pm for 24 campers.

    “I did this with my friends for fun in high school,” said Mr Mangold. “After playing in the parks we started organizing it; it was everything the kids were already doing.”

  • NHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

    The following students made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fourth quarter marking period at Newtown High School for the 2014-15 school year. The honor roll listings were recently released by the school for publication.