• Danbury Man Charged In 2000 Murder Of Mark Rebong

    BRIDGEPORT — Long considered a case in which the investigative leads had gone cold, federal authorities have arrested a currently imprisoned Danbury man, charging him in the murder of Mark Rebong, a 28-year-old Newtown man who was fatally shot while driving to work on the Exit 2 off-ramp of westbound Interstate 84 in Danbury in January 2000.

    Mr Rebong was the son of Dr Efren and Anita Rebong of Newtown. Attempts this week to reach the Rebongs for comment were unsuccessful.

  • Fire Safety Devices Offered Free To Those In Need

    The town has acquired a limited supply of battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for free distribution to people who would have difficulty purchasing such devices, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead.

    The detectors are manufactured by Kidde, a fire safety products company.

  • New Reading Series At Library To Debut Sunday With Five Connecticut Authors

    A new reading series to be presented at C.H. Booth Library will give fans of the written word inside access to the work of authors who live and write in the Nutmeg State.

    The first event, taking place Sunday, November 8, from 2 to 4 pm in the library’s main meeting room, will feature five writers, including Newtown Poet Laureate Lisa Schwartz and Ridgefield’s Chris Belden, author of the just-released novel, Shriver. The reading series is curated by Newtown author Sophfronia Scott.

  • ‘Holiday Decorations From Nature’s Bounty’

    UPDATE (Monday, November 9, 2015): This program has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 18.

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    The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will host a program on Wednesday, November 11, by Carol King Platt titled “Holiday Decorations from Nature’s Bounty.” The program will begin at 7 pm, and will be at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.

  • Council Requests Final Revision Draft Changes, Close To Endorsing Charter Overhaul

    After a marathon five-hour-plus meeting November 4 during which the Legislative Council completed its final review of a charter revision draft, Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said she was hopeful that suggested changes sent back for consideration would be completed in time for council members who charged the Charter Revision Commission to approve a final overhaul of the community’s constitutional document.

  • Town & Country Garden Club And Members Win State Honors

    The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut held its annual Awards Luncheon at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville on October 28. The Federation encompasses 128 Garden Clubs from around the state.

    The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown was proud to return home from the luncheon with four major awards.

  • ‘The Treason Trial Of Aaron Burr’

    There are many enigmatic figures in America’s history but one of the most puzzling is Aaron Burr. Well connected, and well on his way up the public career ladder, he ended in disgrace, a vice president later tried for treason.

  • With Hamilton’s Text Message Admission, School Board Directs Chair To Look Into Hiring An Investigator

    The Board of Education voted at its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, to direct its chair to look into hiring an investigator following an announcement by board Secretary Kathy Hamilton that she had shared a text message of a digital conversation by the board months ago.

    The topic of the text message and an e-mail, both of which the board has referred to as “leaked communications,” have been discussed at multiple meetings in recent weeks.

  • Panel To Discuss Community Center Survey Results November 10

    Nearly two-thirds of the residents who took the a survey concerned a possible Newtown Community Center in September and October were women, and at least 50 percent of respondents were between ages 40 to 55 years old, according to a recent release.

  • Selectmen Make Ethics Referral On Leaked E-mail Case

    For the first time in memory, the Newtown Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to make a referral to the local Board of Ethics after meeting in closed session garding what was described on their agenda as: “Attorney-Client privileged communication and discussion of employer rights and responsibilities regarding employee non-work related behaviors.” The closed session preceded the board's open meeting on Monday, November 2.