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  • A Teacher Transformed, Next In Sunday Cinema Series

    English actor Robert Donat played the title role in the 1939 feature Goodbye, Mr Chips, alongside Irish actress Greer Garson in her first MGM film. This was the role for which Donat would always be remembered, aging on screen from 25 to 83. Many expected Clark Gable to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, especially since Gone with the Wind was sweeping up, but instead Robert Donat was the surprise winner that year. 

  • Retail/Office/Residential Project Eyed For Fairfield Hills

    A local development firm wants to construct an approximately 30,000-square-foot mixed-use building at the current site of Woodbury Hall at Fairfield Hills, which would include a combination of retail uses, office space, and rental apartments.

    The concept for such a project surfaced in an August 3 e-mail submitted to an electronic mailing list by Advantage Commercial Realty, which was promoting the concept for developer Claris Construction Inc of Newtown.

  • EverWonder Celebrates New Exhibition: The Mag Wall

    EverWonder Children’s Museum Experience Board of Directors member Karen Smiley officially announced the opening and dedication of its new Mag Wall, funded by the Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC), on Saturday, August 2.

  • Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Replacement Project Delayed

    The town project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge, which crosses over the Aspetuck River near the Redding town line, has encountered some construction delays, resulting in the project probably not meeting its targeted August 15 completion date.

    As viewed at the construction site on August 4, one of three segmented box culverts, which will form the bridge’s foundation, had been assembled in place, but much work still needs to be done, making it unlikely that the project will be finished by August 15. Work started on June 9.

  • Governor Orders Flags Lowered

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon directed US and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Connecticut National Guard member who died in a motor vehicle accident earlier today while on a routine transport of training material.

    The Governor and Lt Governor Nancy Wyman issued the following joint statement:

  • Liverant To Offer ‘Exploration Of Color In Pastel,' August 13 At Meeting House

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will host Gigi Liverant, a well known Connecticut artist, demonstrating “Exploration of Color in Pastel” on Wednesday August 13, at 7:30 pm. The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge.

  • Stray Kats Theatre Company, Third Eye Productions To Collaborate On ‘Doubt’

    Stray Kats Theatre Company (SKTC) is teaming up with Third Eye Productions, a New York production company that has recently relocated to Newtown, to present Doubt in September. Performances of the John Patrick Shanley will be a featured event of the 2014 Newtown Arts Festival.

  • SHOP Announces ‘Choose Love’ Summer Concert Series

    Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) announces the first of what it hopes will be an annual “Choose Love” Outdoor Summer Concert Series, to be performed in downtown Sandy Hook Village. Performances will begin Saturday, August 16, and continue weekly until September 13.

    Performances will be from 1 to 3 pm at Sandy Hook Village Green, at 5 Glen Road. Each event will include a free, outdoor seated musical performance and tents with free arts, crafts and creative movement opportunities for the kids.

  • P&Z Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Following an hourlong public hearing on July 31, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved redevelopment plans for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, off Riverside Road.

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

    The P&Z’s zoning approval marks a major local hurdle for the construction project.

  • Parks & Rec Asking: 'Please Be Patient' During Final Phase Of FunSpace II Construction

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”

    It was the second time in a week that the announcement had to be made.