- Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:45 am
Organizers of the inaugural Newtown Film Fest (NFF), taking place September 18-20 at Edmond Town Hall, have announced that this year’s event will be free of charge.
The goal of the festival is to bring inspiring, motivational, moving pieces to a community that invokes those very traits, according to organizers. The festival will include screenings of shorts, documentaries, animation and features.
The three-day festival is an event of Newtown Arts Festival, presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
- Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:41 am
The Newtown Yoga Festival was designed to promote positive well-being, health and community. The 2015 event will return to NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22, with seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.
- Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:08 am
“If you’re going to grow as an author, you have to reach people you don’t know,” said Newtown author and former book coach Sophfronia Scott. That is one reason she was happy to host a book reading and writing Q&A for friend and fellow author Mathieu Callier on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, at C.H. Booth Library.
Mr Callier, a Los Angeles author, was in town to promote his recently published collection of short stories, Loss Angeles, and to speak to the craft of writing.
- Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:03 am
Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!”
The evening will run from 5:30 until 10:30 pm, and will feature a screening of the film Serenity and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
- Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
Two of the fittest teenagers in the world are from Newtown. Siblings Celia and Romy Gold had standout performances in the Reebok CrossFit Games, which brought athletes from all over the world together for three grueling days of competition, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., July 21–23.
Celia, who will be a senior at Newtown High School this coming fall, placed fifth in the 16-17 year old category of the Teenage Division, and Romy, a rising sophomore, was seventh in the 14-15-year old category.
- Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 am
Connecticut’s annual tax holiday — which applies to items $100 and under — runs Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22. The Better Business Bureau has tips for consumers to take advantage of all possible savings.
- Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 9:46 am
On Wednesday, July 15, campers in High Touch High Tech’s weeklong Find Your Superpowers camp, offered through Newtown Parks & Recreation, became scientists under the guidance of camp co-directors Christopher Cellini and Christopher Stetson.
The camp was held at the Newtown Teen Center for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The campers took to making capes and magnetic racing cars at the Find Your Superpowers camp, run by High Touch High Tech, a hands-on science camp and education company.
- Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm
A public hearing that was scheduled for August 6 in connection with Tractor Supply Company’s proposal to build a store at 116 South Main Street was not held because the applicant had not met all legal requirements for holding such a hearing, officials said.
- Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:41 am
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A former Newtown man was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard, according to the US Attorney.
Shane Fusco, 39, formerly of Nelson Lane in Hawleyville, was sentenced to spend 100 months in prison by US District Judge Cathy Seibel, according to Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:31 am
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34).
George Benson, town director of planning, presented plans for the expansion project to P&Z members at an August 6 public hearing. Mr Benson termed the application “straightforward.”
No members of the public spoke at the hearing.