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  • Gov Malloy Announces Continued Efforts To Increase Housing Opportunities, End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance.

  • ‘Twin’ Cousins Add To The Family Fun

    Cecelia Ann Ragusa and cousin Halle Rowan Pechenko are four months old now. The daughters of Jessica (Stiewing) and Thomas Ragusa of Newtown and of Brook (Stiewing) and Eric Pechenko of Brookfield see each other nearly every day, as they have since Cecelia’s May 29 birth and Halle’s May 30 birth.

    The “twousins” — not quite twins, but more than just cousins — were born less than 26 hours apart at Danbury Hospital, much to the surprise of their parents.

  • Superintendent Collects ‘Big Bets’ At Parent/Community Forum

    For the first scheduled Parent/Community Forum facilitated by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, parents and community members were seated in nearly every seat in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall on September 18.

    “I’m really pleased that I’m here, and I’m equally pleased that you’re here,” said Dr Erardi.

    The night was held to focus on the question, “What must take place for your son/daughter to have their absolute best school year?”

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.

    Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.

  • Council Revises Tick-Borne Disease Funding

    Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.

    At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.

    The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Council Approves Demolition Of Fire-Damaged House

    Following discussion at a September 17 session, Legislative Council members, in an 8-2 vote, approved spending $29,000 in public funds to demolish a house and related structures at 31 Great Hill Road, which were heavily damaged in a 2011 fire of suspicious origin.

    In the action, council members approved spending up to $29,000 by transferring the money from a contingency account to a contractual services account.