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  • Police Plan Enforcement Crackdown On Distracted Driving

    Town police plan an enforcement crackdown on distracted driving, focusing on motorists who use handheld cellphones to talk and also those who text while driving.

    Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who heads the police department’s traffic enforcement unit, said the project will run from April 13 to April 27.

    Police plan to use traditional measures and innovative tactics to enforce the distracted driving laws while participating in the national enforcement project known as, “U Drive, U Text, U Pay,” he said.

  • Realtors Hosting Benefit For Dog Pound

    Building on a National Association of Realtors strategic plan, calling for local boards to invest in their communities, the Newtown Board of Realtors will host “Donation Day at the Pound.”

    “We are a town of dog lovers,” said Barbara Frey, president of the Newtown Board of Realtors. “We wanted to do a big food pantry drive, but our state legislators were already doing a big campaign. So we thought, why not do something for our dog pound?” Ms Frey said.

  • Tim McGraw Concert To Support Sandy Hook Promise

    HARTFORD — Tim McGraw has announced that on Friday, July 17, at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, he will hold a concert to benefit Sandy Hook Promise. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds of this event will support Sandy Hook Promise, founded in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, with a mission of protecting children from gun violence.

  • Politicians Introduce Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act

    HARTFORD US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on April 13 introduced The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act to provide teachers powerful tools and training to support students’ social and emotional learning. The bill is named in honor of Jesse Lewis, who at six years old was among the children killed on 12/14. US Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is a co-sponsor.

  • Lakeside Sweeping, Land Acquisitions, Revisions Approved By Selectmen

    Land acquisitions and lot line revisions shared the Board of Selectmen agenda with a request aimed at improving water quality on Lake Zoar, as the officials convened for a regular meeting April 6.

    Public Works Director Fred Hurley appeared before selectmen with a memo from the Lake Zoar Authority requesting priority scheduling of street sweeping and storm basin cleaning in five waterfront communities. Mr Hurley said after consulting with Health Director Donna Culbert, he decided to bring the authority’s request to selectmen.

  • Garner Corrections Officers To Host Tip-A-Cop For Special Olympics, Wednesday

    DANBURY — Officers with the Garner Correctional Institution will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 to 9 pm. Buffalo Wild Wings is at 26 Backus Avenue.

  • Duck Race Tickets Are On Sale

    The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race ticket sales are underway.

    Members were out past weekend selling tickets at various establishments around town. Lions Club members will continue selling tickets around town until May 17. Tickets will also be available on Race Day — Saturday, May 23.

  • ‘Fifth Of July’ To Open Town Players’ 80th Anniversary Season April 24

    Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the 80th anniversary season opener for Town Players of Newtown: Fifth Of July will open Friday, April 24, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road.

    Written by Lanford Wilson, Fifth Of July tells the tale of paraplegic Vietnam vet Ken Talley, who lives in his childhood Missouri home with his partner Jed. As Ken struggles to find meaning in life, deciding whether he wants to return to teaching, a number of friends and relatives arrive for a visit, each with a separate agenda.

  • Casting Calls: Auditions For ‘Hay Fever,’ Night Of One Acts For Town Players

    Town Players of Newtown has two sets of auditions scheduled within the next few weeks. Auditions for both shows will be at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road.

    First up will be auditions for Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, to be produced at The Little Theatre in late June through mid Jul.

  • Newtown Savings Bank Planning To Relocate Main Street Branch

    After making an announcement to employees, trustees, and corporators at a recent gathering, Newtown Savings Bank President and CEO John Trentacosta told The Newtown Bee this week the bank will close and relocate its Main Street retail branch to a new building at 30-32 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Trentacosta said he expects the new building will be completed and ready for outfitting as a bank branch by late fall, with expected occupancy by spring 2016.