• Gun Safety Advocates File State Ethics Watchdog Complaint Against NRA

    HARTFORD — The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) national political action committee (PAC) appears to have illegally funded Connecticut political spending, according to a complaint filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by Connecticut citizens and gun safety advocates on August 19. The complaint charges that the NRA’s federal PAC likely funneled improper campaign contributions to state politicians, and appears to have secretly given their state affiliate as much as $20,000, in violation of Connecticut state law. 

  • Ten Applications Received For Newtown’s Top PD Position

    The town has received ten job applications from people seeking to become its new police chief starting in January.

    That person would replace Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who will retire after more than 37 years as a local police officer.

    Chief Kehoe has headed the police department since July 1999, initially as acting police chief, and in 2001 becoming permanent chief. On June 2, Chief Kehoe announced that he would retire.

  • IWC Hearings Delayed On Hawleyville Mixed-Use Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has modified its schedule for two public hearings to be held to review a mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville, which would include a condominium complex, a church, and a diner at a site near Exit 9 of Interstate 84.

    IWC members initially had planned to start their regulatory review process at their August 26 meeting. But that review has been delayed for scheduling reasons, according to Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use.

  • Jimmy Greene & Quartet To Perform At Ives Concert Park, August 28

    DANBURY — Saxophonist Jimmy Greene and his quartet will headline an evening of “Summer Breeze Jazz” on Friday, August 28, at Ives Concert Park.

    The event, part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts and Family Series, will begin at 7 pm, with performances by trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and vocalist Gregory Generet. Gates will open at 6:30.

  • Beginning October 1: Sunday Deer Hunting To Be Allowed On Private Land During Archery Season In Most Parts Of State

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced August 19 that bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state. There are three districts in north central Connecticut where the hunting will remain prohibited.

    DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson said the new opportunity for hunters “will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems

  • Open House To Celebrate Mary Hawley’s Birthday, Saturday

    Red gladiolas, a Mary Hawley favorite, will once again grace the Edmond Town Hall on August 22 in celebration of the birthday of Newtown’s beloved benefactress. Judge William Edmond, Ms Hawley’s great-grandfather, will be featured at this year’s celebration. The public is invited.

    The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house on Saturday, August 22, from noon to 7 pm, in honor of Miss Hawley’s birthday.

  • Kettletown Park Beach Closed For Swimming Until Further Notice

    SOUTHBURY — The beach at Kettletown State Park has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on August 18.

    All other state park beaches are open.

  • Charity Car Show To Benefit Those With Disabilities

    BROOKFIELD — The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers, an organization benefiting people with disabilities, invites the public to Candlewood East Marina’s Fourth Annual Car Show on Sunday August 23, from 10 am to 3 pm.

    The marina is at 204 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield.

    Classic cars of all ages, domestics and imports, will be on display. In addition, there will be entertainment, food, and raffles.

  • Month-Long Newtown Arts Festival To Offer Events All Over Town

    With a month of performances, events and parades planned, the fourth annual Newtown Arts Festival, sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, will begin on Monday, September 1, with the opening night of an exhibit of art by the late Fred Otnes in The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Terry Sagedy has returned to serve as chair of the festival, which has grown from a two-day event at Fairfield Hills into the month-long celebration of all things arts it has become.

  • Newtown Photographer To Show Her ‘Coastal Colors’

    DANBURY — Through Thursday, October 24, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting seven exhibitions in public and private spaces in Danbury and Bethel. Accessible Art is a “year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions joining business with art,” according to information provided by Cultural Alliance. The project allows artists to show their works in alternative spaces, making them more available to the general public.