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  • An Arts Festival Event: Arts, Crafts And Laughs Surrounded Young Guests At Children’s Art Party

    Weaving, painting, coloring, and hugging therapy dogs were all part of the Second Annual Children’s Art Party held September 7 at NYA Sports & Fitness. The event was an early Newtown Arts Festival event, just one part of the “ridiculous abundance of enriching activities throughout September all around town” that been promised by festival organizers.

  • Police Department Planning For Hiring, Promotions

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has updated Police Commission members about police department staffing matters, including plans to hire two new officers, plus plans for promotions involving the naming of one lieutenant and two sergeants.

    Chief Kehoe told commission members on September 2 that the department remains two people short of its full roster of 45 sworn officers.

  • An In-Depth Exploration Of The Band, With Author Of New Book About The Musical Pioneers

    On Wednesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Craig Harris will be at C.H. Booth Library to discuss his recent release, The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music.

  • Theater Review: Everything To Do With Wild Animals, Just Not The Kind You Find In A Pet Shop

    Murder and mayhem prevail, in a hilarious family kind of way, with The Town Players current production of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle, an outrageously campy romp through a quirky pet shop nestled in downtown Manhattan. Complete with an overbearing mom, neighborhood cop and conniving wife, this family makes good on the old adage of “the ties that bind, and gag.”

  • SHS Staffers Aim To Inspire A Nation To Promote ‘Common Sense’ Gun Laws

    The small, occasionally boisterous but often hushed group of women gathered around a set of tables one recent afternoon at a Newtown restaurant could have been mistaken for any group of friends or co-workers meeting up for some late day chat and a beverage.

  • New Mini Mart Owner Requests Modest Tax Abatement

    From the barren, pocked lot where a boxy Shell station once stood greeting residents and visitors exiting Interstate 84 onto Church Hill Road, a new, more aesthetically pleasing Colonial-looking mini mart is about to take shape according to its developers. But to achieve that aesthetic improvement amid a state roadway realignment project, the newest addition to Church Hill Road’s commercial strip is coming with some additional costs.

  • Networking Group To Host LinkedIn Pro

    The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, is meeting Tuesday, September 9, from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Knights of Columbus building at 46 Church Hill Road, behind St Rose Church.

    Linda Van Valkenburgh will speak at 6 on “LinkedIn 3.0 — Learn to Leverage the new LinkedIn to Fast Track Jobs, Sales Leads and Business Opportunities.” 

    The meeting room is on the second floor; enter from the front of the building.

  • Collaborating Musicians, The Alt To Perform At Meeting House This Month

    The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society (STIMS) will host its next Newtown Meeting House concert on Monday, September 15. This month’s guest is The Alt: John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary.

    The performance will begin at 7:30.

  • Finding Military Records For Genealogy

    The first meeting-program of the 2014-14 season for The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, September 10, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    The program will begin at 7, but the library’s Genealogy Help Desk will be open at 6:45 for those needing help with a genealogical problem or question.

    This month’s program will be a presentation by club chairperson Toni McKeen, who will speak on “The All-important Military Records.”

  • Young Rider Makes Transition From Ponies To Horses Look Easy

    Growing up around horses and receiving riding and jumping training from a teacher who couldn’t possibly care any more about her success than any other (the instructor happens to be her mom), Newtown’s Ellie Ferrigno has quickly become an advanced rider for her age.

    Now 12, Ferrigno is competing against horse lovers who are two, three, four, five — sometimes as many as six — years older than her.

    And she’s still winning.