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  • Town Players Seeking Director Submissions For 2015

    Town Players of Newtown is seeking play submissions from individuals interested in directing at The Little Theatre in 2015, the 80th anniversary year for the community theater company.

    Potential directors are invited to submit up to three scripts for consideration by the theater’s play selection committee. Town Players puts on a variety of shows each season, from farce to period pieces to modern drama.

  • Weekend Festival Was ‘Fun,’ ‘Whimsical’ Arts Event

    Hula hoops cast dizzying shadows across the Fairfield Hills lawn Sunday, September 14, where Tanner Chase of Velvet Orchid out of Bristol danced through her hoop routine. Surrounding her were a dozen children with their own hoops, aiming to keep them spinning. With Newtown Arts Festival going on around them, others celebrated under a baby blue sky with ribbons, rainbow splashes of paint, arts, crafts, demonstrations, sculpture, poetry reading, and more.

  • Where Angels Play Wine & Beer Tasting Will Be Celebratory Fundraiser

    TRUMBULL — A beer and wine tasting event in Trumbull next month will benefit Where Angels Play Foundation, the group responsible for 26 playgrounds that have been built during the past 16 months with a dual purpose. They have primarily been built in communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Each one has also honored the memory of a woman or child killed on 12/14.

    The first playground was built in April 2013 in Sea Bright, N.J. It honored special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

  • School Board Approves NMS-Based Health Clinic

    After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved a grant-funded school-based health clinic for Newtown Middle School.

  • Selectmen Reject Prospect & Torrington As Emergency Dispatch Partners

    The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid: Public Training Planned At Booth Library

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is a six-hour certification course that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge.

    Northwestern Connecticut AHEC (Area Health Education Center) will offer the course at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Wednesday and Friday, September 24 and 26, from 11 am to 2 pm each day.

  • Board Of Ed Receives Update On SERV Grant

    The Board of Education was updated on the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant efforts by Melissa Brymer, the district’s mental health advisor, during its meeting on Tuesday, September 16.

    As Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, explained at the meeting, Dr Brymer has been in Newtown for the last 20 months.

  • Design Elements Presented: School Board Updated On SHS Progress

    Blues, greens, tans, and grays made up the primary colors of the proposed interior and exterior materials for use in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School that were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting September 16. The update came after the materials had already been presented to the Public Building & Site Commission.

  • Council OKs Tax Break For Planned Gas Station

    Legislative Council members have unanimously approved providing a property tax break to a firm which plans to construct a gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road at its intersection with Edmond Road.

    The site at 67 Church Hill Road formerly held a vacant Shell gas station/convenience store, which was long considered an eyesore and was recently demolished in preparation for the new construction.

  • Bridgeport Billboards Publicize Missing Newtown Man

    Newtown police said this week that the presence of electronic and conventional billboards in the Bridgeport area, which seek information on the whereabouts of missing Newtown man Robert Hoagland, have prompted one tip from the public.

    But an investigation into that lead proved fruitless because a person who was thought to be the missing Mr Hoagland was ruled out, based on surveillance video evidence, according to police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson.

    Mr Hoagland has been missing for more than a year.