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  • Craft Class Offers A New Way To Play With Marbles

    Sabrina Boccuzzi, right, fishes marbles out of a bowl of iced water, while class participants gather around. Sabrina, 13, taught the class on Cracked Marble Necklaces at C.H. Booth Library on July 28. Local tweens have two more opportunities — August 3 and 10 — to join the Girl Scout for craft workshops.

  • Considering The Future Of The Media: The Al Neuharth Free Spirit And Journalism Conference In DC

    Walking through the Capitol Building, alongside 50 awe-struck and ambitious high school journalists, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stopped us outside the Senate press briefing room. The veteran Democrat and most senior member of the 114th Congress teasingly asked if we were the “perspiring” journalists he’d heard would be clogging up the halls of Congress that day.

  • At 90, The ‘Father Of Robotics’ Still Wants To Develop Mechanical Caregivers

    The afternoon following his 90th birthday celebration, Newtown resident and the acknowledged “Father of Robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger relaxed in his Hattertown home while his daughter Gay tended to his comfort by bringing a small glass of white wine.

    While Mr Engelberger obviously appreciated the effort along with all the care he receives from his daughter and others, he would much rather see many day-to-day chores being performed on his behalf by a mechanical assistant.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion Hearing Set For August 6

    A proposal to more than double the size of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company’s fire substation at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34) is scheduled for public discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The fire substation expansion proposal will be the subject of a site development plan review by the P&Z.

  • Shelton Woman Appointed Assistant Schools Superintendent

    The Board of Education has appointed a Shelton woman as the assistant superintendent for the public school system.

    Following a July 30 executive session, at which they discussed hiring a person to fill the position created by the recent resignation of Linda Gejda, school board members voted to hire Jean M. Evans Davila, who would leave her post as a Norwalk school administrator to become Newtown’s assistant schools superintendent.

  • Auditions Sunday For 8x10 Play Festival, A Newtown Arts Festival Event

    Last year, the Newtown Arts Festival hosted a 6x10 Play Festival. This year, the fourth annual arts festival will host an 8x10 Play Festival, taking place on Friday, September 18.

    The event will consist of eight one act, 10-minute plays written (mainly) by Connecticut residents, and directed by directors from Newtown and surrounding communities, including some who have directed at Town Players. 

    Rehearsal schedules are flexible, and men and women of all ages are needed.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Returning In August

    The Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices.

    The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street within Fairfield Hills, from 9 am to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $25 per person (no charge for age 16 and under), and participants are invited to bring their own yoga mats and props.

  • Local Teachers At National Conference: 'We Are All In This Together'

    A number of Newtown representatives attended an American Federation of Teachers conference in Washington, DC, earlier this month to speak about ongoing climate and culture work in the district.

  • Change Of Zone Sought For South Main Retail Proposal

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 6, on a major retailer’s proposal for a change of zone for a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street, toward the goal of building a 19,097-square-foot store, plus a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sales area.

    The P&Z session is slated for 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Rand-Whitney Proposes Factory Expansion

    A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road.

    Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC’s requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.