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The Way We Were, from the issue dated March 1, 2013

March 4, 1988

A $10,000 reward is being offered fro information concerning shots fired Monday morning into the Main Street home of Bethel Police Sergeant Roger Connor, who has been victimized by two other similar incidents in the past. Newtown Detective Harry Noroian said that the three shots were fired from a moving car from the direction of the ambulance garage, which is across the street from Sgt Connor’s home. The bullets are being analyzed to see if they match those found after similar incidents that took place October 1985 and December 1986. The December incident happened five days after a Danbury Superior Court jury ruled in favor of Sgt Connor and another Bethel officer, who were being sued in connection with the deaths of four Newtown teenagers who died during a high-speed chase in 1982.

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Earlier this week, workers were laying pipes in Church Hill Road, for use in a new fiberoptics system being installed for use by the Southern New England Telephone Company. Recent work on Queen Street was done with the same purpose.

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Delays in negotiations with prospective tenants may push the opening date of Sandhill Plaza beyond a previous projection of the autumn of 1988, the developer said this week. The upscale shopping center has been designed to house 158,000 square feet of stores. The local developers are negotiating with two supermarkets and a local department store. Greenhouse Associates is committed to filling the need for a mix of major stores and specialty shops here.

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Friday, February 26, was a special day at Head O’ Meadow School. It was a day set aside for wearing red and blue, the school colors, Head O’ Meadow tee shirts and sweatshirts, 10th anniversary pins and waving Head O’ Meadow pennants. First graders created centerpieces for the cafetorium tables, which carried the school’s logo, a hawk, and the number 10 to represent the 10th anniversary of the school.

 

March 8, 1963

The installation of the Rev James B. Ilten as permanent pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church will take place this Sunday, March 10, during the 10 am Worship Service at the Hawley School auditorium. The Rev Karl Graesser, president of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will preach the sermon and perform the rite of Installation.

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The New York Methodist Conference this week purchased, on behalf of the Newtown Methodist Church, the Fredericka House and three parcels of land amounting to slightly over 44 acres on Church Hill Road, near the center of Sandy Hook, from the Presbyterian Church of New York City. The Newtown Methodist Church plans to convert the large Fredericka House into a church parish house and to create off-street parking for persons attending the church, which is almost directly across the street.

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Newtown is to have a new shopping center, to be known as the Cloverleaf Shopping Center. It will be located on the south side of Church Hill Road, east of the railroad underpass, and within 300 feet of the approaches to Interstate Highway 84. It is expected that the first block of stores in this shopping center will be built this spring for occupancy by summer.

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On Sunday afternoon the Newtown Fire Department burned a barn and thereby accomplished two purposes. The barn stood on the property of the late Joseph H.A. Symonds on Riverside Road, Sandy Hook. It also stood in the way of a housing development which Contractor John C. Stefanko of Sandy Hook intends to build on the property. Its burning was conducted as a combined drill for the Newtown and Sandy Hook Companies.

 

March 4, 1938

DODGE’S Restaurant and Tourist Cabins AT NEWTOWN, ONT THE BRIDGEPORT STATE ROAD Budweiser Beer On Tap Cooled by Latest B.E. electric Beer Cooler. SANDWICHES — LUNCHEONS. MARTIN DODGE, Proprietor. TEL. NEWTOWN 488.

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Frank Copeland of New York, billiard champion of the world, was a visitor at Tomer’s Bridge Restaurant in Sandy Hook, on Monday. While there, he showed his skill as a cue artist to a number of guests at the restaurant. Mr Copeland said that the billiard table at the restaurant was an especially good one.

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Tendering his resignation during the morning service on Sunday, to take effect on April 25, Rev William G. Wright leaves Trinity Parish after five years as its popular rector. During his stay here, Mr Wright has been particularly active in community affairs and is the present time president of the Town Players. An ardent tennis player, he has done a good deal in promoting the game at the Newtown Country Club. He has been an interested member of the Men’s Club and is its vice-president.

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William Kayfus of Botsford Hill district was the victim of a painful accident on Thursday last. Mr Kayfus was returning to his home with a load of wood, when in some unknown manner, he was thrown from the load and wedged between the wheel of the wagon and a tree. Unable to free himself, he called for help and fortunately, was heard by Mrs Leroy Lovejoy, who with Mr Lovejoy, hurried to his aid. It was a fortunate thing that Mrs Lovejoy heard the cried of Mr Kayfus, as he was semi-conscious when help arrived.

 

March 7, 1913

Hon Norris S. Lippitt, bank commissioner, of Norwich, was in Newtown, Tuesday, on his regular semi-annual visit to the Newtown Savings bank. After a thorough examination he expressed himself as being highly pleased with conditions as he found them, and stated that the bank was in a strong and prosperous condition.

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Newtown High School closed its basket ball season last Saturday by defeating the Bridgeport High School team, 29-25. The game was the best played during the entire schedule and the local boys deserve great praise for the commendable showing that has been made, eight out of 10 games resulting in victories for Newtown. Another year, it is hoped that more supporters will turn out to see the games, for nothing gives a team greater vim than to feel that it has a local backing.

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Louis Bonnette of Hopewell district has 16 hens, which laid from January 1 to February 28, 350 eggs. He had 17 chickens hatch on February 25.

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Leroy Barnum and George Wheeler have bought a gasoline engine and sawing outfit of George Reed, and are to make a business of converting woodpiles into stove lengths for people about town.

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