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  • The Normal Biology Of Aging vs Dementia

    St Rose of Lima will host its next Outreach Ministry seminar on the normal aging process.

    “The Normal Biology of Aging vs Dementia” will be presented Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 6:30 pm. It will be in the Monsignor Conroy Room at St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road.

    Dr Susan Varano will lead the discussion, which will educate attendees on the physical and cognitive signs of normal aging.

  • Two Residents Share Stories For Latest ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Collection

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles — 101 Inspirational Stories of Faith, Answered Prayers & Divine Intervention (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; edited by Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff; February 10, 2015; ISBN 978-1-61159-944-2, $14.95 softcover, 411 pages)

     

  • Local Businesses Recognized For Support Of Salvation Army

    Kathleen Orfitelli, director of volunteer services for the Southern New England division of the Salvation Army, as well as members of the Newtown chapter, recognized the generosity of four local businesses, Wednesday, February 25, in a ceremony at the Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills.

    Stop & Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Walgreens, and Yankee Wine & Spirits received plaques for their many years of hosting bell ringers in front of their Newtown stores during the holiday season.

  • FCCF Giving Day Returns On March 5

    Area nonprofit groups are hoping to hear from regular supporters and new fans when the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) presents its second annual online Day of Giving. FCCF is again collaborating with Bank of America with the 24 hours of online donations.

    Fairfield County Giving Day 2014 raised a total of $745,729.64. The event this year has a goal of $1 million.

  • Section Of South Main Street Closed Following Accident

    The driver of a passenger vehicle escaped serious injury Monday morning after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended a tanker truck with a load of gasoline.

    The accident occurred just north of the intersection of South Main Street (Route 25) and Pecks Lane, around 6:20 am. The vehicle, a dark colored Toyota sedan, hit the rear of the tanker hard enough to dislodge some of the tanker's couplings. Pieces dropped off the truck for approximately 100 yards. The impact created a break in the tank, and gasoline began spilling, initially reported at approximately a gallon a minute.

  • Town IT Director Pitches Finance Board For New Staffer

    One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.

    In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing IT boss Scott Sharlow, the backlog of work began accumulating and overwhelming the remaining, single full-timer left on staff to support and maintain the 500 computer devices Newtown’s government and public safety departments depend upon.

  • Water Lines Fail Amid Extremely Cold Conditions

    The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road.

    Police received a report on that water leakage about 7 am on Wednesday, February, 25.

    Peter Fazekas, spokesman for Aquarion Water Company, said that frost has penetrated the ground to a depth of 42 inches, reflecting frigid subterranean conditions which can result in buried water lines failing.

  • National ChildSafe Program Hits Milestone

    The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, announced that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors, and conservation groups have joined in promoting Project ChildSafe, a national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.

  • Hershey’s/LBB Settlement Means Cadbury Fans Settle For Less

    Lisa Whitmore, co-owner of UK Gourmet in Newtown, stands in front of a display of imported goods in the Mt Pleasant Road shop. While customers will miss the imported Cadbury products that can no longer be brought overseas for sale, UK Gourmet stocks plenty of other products to ease the pain.      

  • P&Z Approves Major Subdivision In Dodgingtown

    Following detailed review during the past several months, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have conditionally approved The Preserve at Newtown, a planned 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown.

    Notably, about half of the subdivision site would be preserved as undeveloped open space land which will be open to the public and reserved for low-intensity passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study.