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  • Guided Hike Saturday With NFA

    A guided hike at Holcombe Hill Preserve will be a National Trails Day event. 

  • Holy Smoke: Burning The Church Mortgage

    Nearly 100 members of Newtown Congregational Church shrugged off the rain last weekend to celebrate a decidedly American custom: a mortgage burning party.

    While some congregants stepped outside the church’s upper rear entrance, others gathered at windows to watch the spectacle, when the Reverend Matthew Crebbin handed the church’s mortgage off to Peg Forbell and NCC Moderator Robert Hall. With Mr Hall holding the papers, Mrs Forbell used a grill lighter to set the document aflame.

  • LobsterFest Returning June 5-6

    LobsterFest is presented by and a fundraiser for Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. 

  • EverWonder Children’s Museum Grand Reopening, June 6

    EverWonder Children’s Museum, an interactive, STEM-based museum geared towards children and families, is set to celebrate its grand reopening on Saturday, June 6, at its new 31 Pecks Lane location.

    The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am, free admission between 10 and 11 am, and half-price admission until closing at 5 pm.  Visitors can expect pop-up science demonstrations, art and science activities, and specially scheduled entertainment throughout the day all while enjoying the new museum.

  • Town Police, Garner Staff To Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

    Members of the Newtown Police Department and staff members from Garner Correctional Institution are scheduled to participate on Friday, June 5, in the Connecticut Special Olympics Torch Run segment to be held in Newtown.

  • Dog Owners: Time To Renew Dog Licenses

    Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead reminds owners of dogs six months of age and over that their pets must be licensed annually during the month of June. 

    The new 2015 licenses are available at the town clerk’s office beginning June 1 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

  • June 5 Flag Retirement Ceremony Scheduled

  • A Country Store Well Stocked With Gifts You Can’t Buy

    Health Day, the online “News for Healthier Living” newsletter, notes in a November 2014 article that a study of more than 7,000 Americans found “the higher people scored on a ‘purpose in life’ scale, the more likely they were to get various [health] screening tests over the next six years.” People who found their lives to be purposeful tended to spend less time in hospitals and were more likely to spend time on preventative health care.

  • Flash Flood Warning Issued

    The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Fairfield County and northwestern New Haven County.

    The warning will remain in effect until 7:45 pm.

    At 4:49 pm, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected.

    In addition to Newtown, locations that will experience flooding include Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, Southbury, Wolcott, Bethel, Cheshire Village, Roxbury Falls, Chimney Point and Putnam Lake.

  • June 7 At Dickinson Park: Ben’s Bells Planning Celebration Of Kindness

    Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm.

    The mission of Ben’s Bells is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.”