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  • Spring Carnival At NHS

    Thanks to Botsford Fire Rescue and Merenna Amusements carnivals rides, games and food are once again being offered in the main parking lot at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, during the annual Spring Carnival.

    This year’s event opened on Thursday, April 18, and will run until Saturday, April 20. Hours were 6 to 10 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 10 pm on Saturday.

    On Saturday, a special offer this year will allow Newtown children up to age 12 free rides between 2 and 5 pm, courtesy of the amusement company and Botsford Fire.

  • Awareness, Smiles And Plenty Of Education Expected For 6th Earth Day Festival

    Newtown’s Sixth Annual Earth Day Festival is promising to be “bigger and better than ever,” according to organizers. Join the celebration on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen. Rain date is Sunday, April 28.

  • Snapshot: Matthew Jones

    Occupation: I’m an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at LVA School in Danbury. I teach three different levels of language and do after school tutoring. I also work as the editor of a sports journalism website, nepatriotsdraft.com.

    Family: My mother and father, Margaret and Mark, live in Sandy Hook. My sister Allie is in college at North Carolina State University.

  • Top Of The Mountain

    I’ve heard of bean counters, but there are some expert jelly bean counters in town. Lawrence Card joined forces with his sons, 16-year-old Alexandyr, 6-year-old William, and 5-year-old Nathaniel, to come up with the winning number of jellybeans in the jar at Reed Intermediate School. The jellybean guessing contest was sponsored by one of the Odyssey of the Mind teams at the school recently, mom Gia Card tells me. The Cards guessed 2,592 beans, and there were actually only 18 more than that.

  • The Way We Were

    April 22, 1988

  • Newtown Residents Lend A Hand To Haitian Villages

    Count the villages of Furcy and Les Cayes in Haiti as two more places that have friends and allies in Newtown. Newtown United Methodist Church members have been lending a hand to these villages since an earthquake ravished the Caribbean nation in 2010.

    Newtown resident Amy Thomas is one such ally, who has volunteered her time and energy to assist the people of Haiti. She was one of nine volunteers who recently assisted the HELO orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, in March.

  • Gridiron Chef Competition Taking Football Rivalry From The Field To The Kitchen, Tuesday For Sandy Hook Promise

    NEW YORK CITY — New York Giants safety Stevie Brown will challenge Washington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson in Pro Player Insiders’ first-ever Gridiron Chef Competition on Tuesday, April 23, in New York City. The NFL rivals will turn up the heat during an exciting celebrity VIP event designed to raise funds for a great cause.

    Ticket proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook Promise.

  • Singing The Blues Once Again: Jay Willie Blues Band Celebrating Its "New York Minute"

    Pictured on the cover of the recently released New York Minute is, from left, Jay Willie, Bob Callahan and Bobby T Torello.

  • Newtown Rural Properties Named To State Register Of Historic Places

    Two Newtown properties were accepted into the State Register of Historic Places, at the April 3 meeting of the Council of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.  As part of a thematic nomination of 200 barns, in the third monthly installment of properties to be considered, the Blackman Farmstead at 12-16 Blackman Road, Newtown, and the Morris Farmstead on Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, are among the newest to be included in the Trust project.

  • SHACK Looking For Creative Ways To Continue Into The Summer

    Wendy Leahy Mitchell, Newtown High Class of ‘87 and founder/director of The SHACK (The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids), is hoping a combination of direct public support, grants, nominal fees for activities, and strategic fundraising will keep her cozy little refuge for those still feeling the effects of 12/14 available for the community.  A fundraiser on April 28 will feature an auction of art created by local children as well as celebrities including Edie Falco and Regis Philbin.