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  • Peacock Comes To Roost With Newtown Couple

    A wandering peacock chose a beautiful late afternoon to walk into a backyard on Shepard Hill Road Thursday, July 24.

    Looking outside that evening, Lex Nalley said, “I first thought it was a turkey. My cat Cinder went after it, and once it flew up and landed, I realized it was no turkey, and the next morning it was back.”

  • Sounds Of SilverTones At NCC, August 15

    On Friday, August 15, at 7 pm, the SilverTones will perform at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    Reet Lubin of Brookfield, director of the band, plays the ukulele and sings. Other members perform on electric guitar, banjo, snare drum, acoustic guitar, and plenty of vocals.

    Members represent several area towns and have performed at many civic events as well as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The SilverTones have also played at The Strand Theater in Seymour.

  • Wetlands Hearing On Cluster-Style 23-Lot Subdivision Slated For Late August

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August.

    IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on Wednesday, August 27. IWC hearings typically are held at 7:30 pm at the Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.

  • Fire Officials Raise Several Concerns On Proposed Dispatching Change

    Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away.

  • The Way To Play!

    Several children climb amid a network of nylon ropes stretched between metallic members in a geometric structure at the new playground at Dickinson Park on July 26. Although the playground was formally dedicated on Saturday, it was open to the public for only a few hours. Work crews have been completing safety surfacing and borders this week, with the hope to officially open the playground for good by early next week.

  • Teacher Who Survived 12/14 Has Book Deal

    A teacher who helped save the lives of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 has a book deal.

    G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday, July 29, that Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.

  • Brick By Brick, Builder Remembers Growth Of Newtown’s Queen Street Area

    There was a time when the center of Newtown was mostly farmland and empty lots. Trees shaded grassy plots and tourist homes populated Church Hill Road. Grocery shopping meant a trip to Danbury or Southbury. Traffic passed leisurely up Queen Street, with no full-service banks or restaurants to lure drivers away from the route.

  • Wetlands Agency Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.

    IWC members unanimously approved the permit at a special meeting on Monday, July 28.

    Before the IWC’s approval, IWC member Anne Peters said, “a huge amount of energy and effort has gone into this application.”

  • Sound Center Planning ‘Wellness For Your Spirit’ Summer Festival And Fair

    The Sound Center will host the “Wellness for Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair” on Saturday, August 9, from 3 to 7 pm. The center is in the renovated Hawleyville Chapel, at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown.

    This event will be the second for the creative arts and mindfulness center. Founder and Director Jennifer Zulli is looking forward to continued growth for the festival in the years to come.

  • Grammy Nominee Moock To Headline July 29 Summer Jam Concert

    Alastair Moock, a 2014 Grammy nominee, will be performing at Dickinson Park on Tuesday, July 29, headlining the penultimate performance of this year’s Summer Jam Concert Series.

    Summer Jam concerts are held Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in the bandshell at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. Picnic lunches and blankets are encouraged.