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  • 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.

  • Regionalized Emergency Dispatch: Seeing Green

    After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.

  • Noreika At Next SCAN Meeting, September 10

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will welcome Robert Noreika, a prominent watercolorist and illustrator, for a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor during its meeting on Wednesday, September 10.

    The meeting and subsequent program will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be at Newtown Meeting House  (lower level), 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.

  • Route Rolls Through Town: CT United Ride Returning September 7

    The 14th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 7.

  • School District Receiving Additional $3.1 Million SERV Grant

    Newtown School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, joined US Representative Elizabeth Esty, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Director David Esquith on a conference call Wednesday announcing the local school district will receive an additional $3.1 million grant under the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

  • Weekend Arts Festival Details Emerging

  • No Injuries, But ‘Considerable Damage’ In Sandy Hook House Fire

    More than 50 local firefighters responded on the evening of Tuesday, September 2, to a house fire reported at 40 Alpine Circle in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead said there were no injuries in the blaze, which caused “considerable damage” to the Rebecco residence.

    Chief Halstead was investigating at the scene on Wednesday morning in seeking to determine what caused the fire. Chief Halstead also is the town fire marshal.

    No damage estimate was immediately available.

  • ‘Write On, Newtown!’ Is ‘Right On’ For Labor Day Parade

    Grand Marshal Sydney Eddison prepares to throw a flower toward bystanders during Monday’s parade.  

  • Ninetieth Annual Bethlehem Fair This Weekend

    BETHLEHEM — The 90th Bethlehem Fair will be held September 5-7.

    The gates open on Friday evening at 5 pm, and guests will enjoy Cruise Night with a 50s, 60s and 70s car show, along with music by The “Cast” of Beatlemania at the main stage at 7.

    A pony draw and Bracelet Night will also be highlights on Friday, with unlimited amusement rides from 5 to 10 pm for one price.

  • FEMA Equipment Grants Approved For Two More Volunteer Fire Companies

    Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

    Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).