• Newtown Author Receives Honors For Book On Lesser-Known American Revolutionary Hero

    Patricia Hubert’s devotion to seeing that the contributions of Maine’s soldiers, sailors, and one junior officer of the American Revolution, in particular, are finally recognized resulted in the publication of her book Major Philip M. Ulmer: A Hero of the American Revolution in August 2014, after six years of research, documentation, and writing.

  • Using Logic In Genealogy

    The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, May 13, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. For those with a “brick wall” or other problems with research, arrive early at 6:45 for assistance at the club’s Help Desk. Socializing will also take place prior to the meeting’s start.

  • Route 34 Bridge Atop Stevenson Dam To Close For 90 Hours; Detours Planned

    MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam at the Housatonic River, which has been in service for nearly a century.

    In a statement, FirstLight Hydro Generating Company said the bridge’s closure will require that detours be used while maintenance work is underway.

  • Dinner To Benefit Resident Recovering From Cancer

    Friends of Newtown resident and American Legion Auxiliary Third District President Alice Saxton are planning a benefit dinner to help Ms Saxton with medical expenses. Ms Saxton is recovering from esophageal cancer treatments and now needs surgery.

    A pasta dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 7 pm, at American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court in Bristol.

    Tickets are $20 and they must be purchased in advance, by May 10. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Lions To Host Blood Drive

    The Newtown Lions Club will sponsor the May 11 American Red Cross Blood Drive taking place at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    The local Lions Club sponsors two blood drives a year under the guidance of the Lions’ Health Committee. The January Drive resulted in almost 100 pints donated.

    The Lions have been supported at each blood drive by Dunkin Donuts, Newtown Woman’s Club, Women Involved in Newtown and the Congregational Church.

  • ‘FoodPlay’ Presented At Middle Gate

    Middle Gate Elementary School students learned about healthy food during a presentation called “FoodPlay” on Wednesday, April 8, presented by Chartwells K12 School Dining Services and FoodPlay Productions.

    “FoodPlay” is a national award-winning theater show that features juggling, music, magic, and audience participation.

  • May 3 Celebration Planned For ‘Spring Is In The Air’ At Avancé Day Spa

    Avancè Day Spa and AIR Gallery have partnered to present “Spring Is In The Air,” a colorful show in the tranquil and gracious spa setting of Avancè, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street.

    The collection is on view until May 11, with works by featured artists Vibeke Dressler, Heidrun Morgan, Joan Pollak, Joanne Miller Rafferty and Laura Wilk.

  • Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Castle Hill Road House

    Firefighters arrived at 101 Castle Hill Road at about 6 pm on Thursday, April 23, encountered intense flames shooting out of upper-story windows. Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo said it took approximately 20 minutes to knock the fire down.


  • A Formal Start For Newtown Hook & Ladder's New Firehouse

    It was a long time coming, but on Wednesday, April 22, Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters finally celebrated the start of construction of their new firehouse at groundbreaking ceremonies held at the 12 Church Hill Road worksite.

    The event marked the fruition of the fire company’s long-running pursuit of new quarters to replace the antiquated, structurally unsound town-owned firehouse at 45 Main Street, which the company has been using since it was built in 1929.

  • Report: Town Police Have Highest Traffic Stop Rate In State

    According to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest “rate” of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state.

    The study found that Newtown police made 452 motor vehicle stops for every 1,000 town residents who are age 16 and over.