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April 8, 1988

The new structure of the Newtown Congregational Church has interior details on the balcony siding and over the doors which hint at the historical beginnings of the congregation. The new building will feature a soundproof narthex, cherry pews, and cranberry red carpeting. The pulpit will be set toward the left side and the organ and the choir to the right, while the pipes from the organ in the old church will eventually be housed in a room at the front of the church.

 

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There’s a lot going on behind the hedges and stone walls of Rock Ridge Country Club in Dodgingtown. A new Olympic-size swimming pool soon will be constructed, a new irrigation system has been installed to keep fairways greens lush, improvements have been made to the tennis courts, and the English cottage club house has been renovated in time for this Sunday’s Open House, the first of three Open Houses that will celebrate Rock Ridge’s 35th anniversary in 1988.

 

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A leader of the local anti-jail activists group reached a compromise on communication issues with First Selectman Rod Mac Kenzie this week, but not before chaining her wheelchair to a radiator in his office last Thursday afternoon to dramatize her frustration. Wendy Beres chairs the Citizens Action Group Against the Jail with Clem Henderson. The group’s chief complaints involved selection of a date for a state hearing on environmental impact, and Mr Mac Kenzie’s failure to return numerous phone calls over about a month’s time.

 

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The Legislative Council voted to cut $9,500 from the Police Department’s budget, eliminating one new police officer who was hired to help alleviate a serious man shortage problem in the department. Police Chief Michael DeJoseph made this request in accordance with a five-year plan he developed to increase the police department from 28 to 38 men over the next five years.

 

April 12, 1963

Mrs John Herlihy’s third grade class from Hawley School visited The Bee offices this Thursday to see how a newspaper is printed. The big press was rolling, their perforating and linotype machines were all in action. The children were particularly impressed at the sigh of the linotypes automatically turning out their type, controlled only by small yellow rolls of tape punched full of holes by the perforators.

 

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The third annual spring hat and purse bar conducted for women patients of the Fairfield State Hospital in the gymnasium of Plymouth Hall on Tuesday was a tremendous success. Over 800 patients were able to select hats, handbags, and gloves from the hundreds of donations which had been delivered to the hospital these past few weeks, by individuals and organizations.

 

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The Newtown office of the Connecticut National Bank is pleased to announce the second in a series of industrial exhibits in the lobby of the bank. The exhibit this month was prepared by the Helse Bourdon Tube Company, located in a modern plant on Route 25. The Bourdon Tube, prime mover of the class of pressure gauges named for it, was invented by Eugene Bourdon of Paris, France and patented by him in 1849. Practically all pressure gauges available on the market today are designed around the Bourdon Tube principle.

 

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At its recent quarterly meeting, the board of trustees of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library voted to raise the fine for overdue books to five cents a day per book. Increased operating costs make the higher charge necessary, according to the statement from the board.

 

April 8, 1938

The many friends in town of William B. Bentley will learn with regret that he suffered a shock on Wednesday morning and is now confined to his bed and paralyzed on his left side. Mr Bentley was suddenly taken ill, while driving his car around the Flag Pole in the street. Fortunately his car halted on the edge of the Trinity church lawn, where his plight was discovered by John Carlson and others and he was removed to his home. It is hoped his condition will not remain serious.

 

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Earl Collins, Sandy Hook barber, moved his barber shop on Monday from the Corrigan building to Glover’s hall. He is now nicely located and his patrons will be glad to know that he is in the building that has long been a barber shop.

 

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With the arrival late Wednesday of four inches of snow, all encouraging signs of spring vanished as Newtown’s early flowers disappeared from sight under this blanket of “poor man’s manure.” The State Highway Department doggedly resumed its winter plowing and sanding schedule late Wednesday night, when traveling became particularly hazardous. Spring, at the tender age of three weeks, can probably be excused for this sudden weakness, though we trust it will redeem itself in time for the Easter parade.

 

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At a meeting held in the recreational rooms of the firehouse, last Thursday, more than 30 baseball enthusiasts voted to form a local ball club. Earl Meyers was elected to captain the team, while Barton Carmody was chosen as secretary and treasurer. James Campbell will have charge of the Advertising. Much interest has been shown by the group in favor of becoming a member of the Intertown League.

 

April 11, 1913

The Dodgingtown Fire Co. have their new engine house nearly completed and now have a very roomy and convenient house for their use, and are pleased to have anyone call and examine it. The company is now trying to raise money to buy a chemical engine for their use and would be very grateful to any one interested in this work for any contributions for the same, whether large or small.

 

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Mamert Woiceowski’s horse, attached to his milk wagon, became frightened at an auto truck on Church Hill, Thursday. The horse ran up the driveway to the Trinity church sheds, spilling out one can of milk, which ran down the gutter.

 

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The ladies of Zoar Bridge church are to give one of their popular suppers at the church at Zoar Bridge on Saturday evening, April 12. During the evening there will be a musical program. Everybody is cordially invited. The price of the supper is 25 cents. Rev Mr Sutton, who was pastor, last year, of the Zoar Bridge and East Village Methodist churches, is to be pastor for this year of the Zoar Bridge church alone and last Saturday evening his people there gave him a pleasant reception at the church.

 

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Beard’s Sandy Hook brass band will give a public concert at the Town hall, May 9, for the purpose of raising funds for uniforms, etc. There will be humorous sketches, sidesplitting monologues, vocal and instrumental selections. Ice cream and candy will be sold and dancing will follow the entertainment.

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