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  • Genealogy 101

    C.H. Booth Library will host a series of Genealogy 101 programs on the first four Wednesdays in June. Each program will run 2 to 4 pm, and different subjects will be covered each week.

    June 3 will be “Getting Started,” covering the basic guidelines in genealogical research.

    The series will continue with “Vital, Bible, Church and Cemetery Records” on June 10, with an emphasis placed on Connecticut and Massachusetts sources;

  • State Police Ordered To Release Documents In School Shooting Probe

    HARTFORD (AP) — The state Freedom of Information Commission has ruled that Connecticut State Police must release personal documents seized from the Sandy Hook School shooter’s home during the investigation of 12/14.

    The agency ruled Wednesday, May 13, in favor of The Hartford Courant. Efforts by The Courant to obtain the documents since January 2014 had been blocked by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

  • Girls Night Out At Ben’s Bells Studio, May 21

  • Flags To Be Lowered For Peace Officers Memorial Day

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on May 14 announced that he is directing US.and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2015, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

    The national observance pays tribute to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. It is recognized annually during National Police Week, which this year runs May 10-16.

  • DOT Describes Exit 11 Interchange Improvements Plan

    About 30 residents attended a May 7 informational session sponsored by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for discussion on DOT’s plans to make a variety of improvements to the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 and surrounding roadways. The changes are intended to alleviate traffic backups in the often-congested area and reduce motor vehicle accidents.

    Residents posed a variety of questions to DOT planners on what effects the changes would have on the area.

  • Taunton Lake Open Studio, May 16-17

    Dick McEvoy is an oil and pastel painter who has always been influenced by the Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist art movements. For years he has created contemporary Impressionistic landscapes in pastel and oil, and Abstract Expressionist paintings in oil with a palette knife.

  • Counting Down To Duck Race Day

    The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race Committee recently met to sort through the hundreds of rubber ducks that will make up the flock for The 15th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race.

    This year’s big event will take place Saturday, May 23, at the park in Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road.

    Splashdown will be at 2:30 pm, but there are many events scheduled during the day, beginning at 10 am and continuing right up until the duck are put into the water.

  • Newtown Friends of Music Slate Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting of the Newtown Friends of Music, Inc., will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 pm, in the Board Room of Cyrenius H Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    Members of record as of May 1, 2015, are invited to attend and participate in such action as may be taken upon the reports which will be rendered by the Directors and Officers; election of directors for the coming year; and such other matters as may properly come before the meeting.

    The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate:

  • Open House & Beekeeping Demos To Be Hosted By Historical Society

    Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday May 17, from noon to 4 pm.

    Norman Cote of Norwalk will be this month’s special guest. He will compare colonial methods of beekeeping to modern methods, and will have samples of honey, beeswax, and pollen.

  • Youth Mental Health Experts Advise Wrapping Kids With Shared Supports

    May is Mental Health Month, with May 7 designated National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. But for two members of Newtown’s Resiliency and Recovery Team (RRT), every day since their arrival brings them greater awareness of local youths’ mental health concerns post 12/14.