- Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:46 am
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.
- Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:45 am
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.
- Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:44 am
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.
- Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:43 am
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.
- Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:15 am
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.
- Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9:53 am
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.
- Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am
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.
- Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:37 am
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.
- Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:49 am
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.
- Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:28 am
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.