• Lace Up, Spring Forth: It’s Start Walking Month

    Following the April 7 meeting of Newtown VNA, members joined Director of Health Donna Culbert (third from left) for a quick step outdoors in honor of Start Walking Month. Ms Culbert is hoping resi-dents of all ages will consider adding walking to their regular routine. Kellen Vollinger, grandson of VNA member Anna Wiedemann, was happy to join the group. He is holding the hand of VNA President Mary Tietjen.

  • Wallingford Man Arrested On Harassment Charges In Calls To Schools

    MONROE — Monroe police arrested a Wallingford man about 10:35 am on Tuesday, April 7, charging him with five counts of harassment and one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly placing five telephone calls to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe and accusing the staff there of fabricating the December 14, 2012, school shooting incident in Sandy Hook.

  • Genealogy Club Meeting April 8: ‘The Road Less Traveled’

    The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, April 8. The meeting will be at C.H. Booth Memorial Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown.

    Meetings start promptly at 7 pm, with a help desk available at 6:45 for those who need help with a problem in their research.

    This month’s speakers will be Matthew Bielawa and/or Professor Jonathan Shea. They will speak on “The Road Less Traveled,” on researching ancestors in Poland and eastern Europe. “Coffee and” will be served.

  • NUSAR Gains Three New Certified Ice Divers

    Three members of Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) became certified in ice diving on Easter weekend.

    On April 4, the NUSAR members stepped into the frigid, and in places ice-covered water at Eickler’s Cove Marina with instructor Kevin Brodley from Safety First Divers.

    The newly certified divers are, from left in the above photo, Lee Wassen, Mark Frazen, and Dr Mike Cassetta. 

  • Animal Center Announces Separation From Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

    The Animal Center announced April 1 a separation from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a joint effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the local animal rescue organization.

    Catherine Violet Hubbard, the daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard, was one of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • Garden Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    Carefully planned and crafted centerpieces were found at each table last week during The Garden Club of Newtown 60th anniversary celebration. Each of the 16 tables blossomed with living floral arrangements created by members of the club.

  • Flagpole Photographers Programs Update

    This month, Flagpole Photographers will be hosting a unique two-part “Black and White” workshop-seminar photography event on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. The local photography club will also host a regular monthly meeting, and members are invited to compete in any of four photography competitions.

  • Ben's Lighthouse Volunteer Open House Planned

    The public is invited to join members of Ben's Lighthouse for a special volunteer meeting and open house this week.

    Kelly Paredes, program manager for the non-profit organization named in memory of Ben Wheeler, said it will be “a unique meeting.”

    The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization and its mission, and for those who are interested in becoming involved.

  • River Walk Wetlands Hearing Set For April 22; Sewer Service Application To Be Reviewed April 9

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing for later this month on a developer’s application to construct a 74-unit housing complex on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a March 30 meeting, IWC members agreed to hold a hearing on the proposal known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • WSA Rejects Sewers For Proposed Multifamily Complex

    Following the conclusion of an April 1 public hearing, Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members unanimously rejected a Trumbull developer’s controversial request for sanitary sewer service for 79 Church Hill Road. That 35-acre site, near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84, is where the developer has proposed the construction of a large multifamily complex, with an affordable housing component.