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  • Baseball In Full Swing As Town Hosts Regional Tournaments

    Year after year, Newtown’s youth baseball players and their families make runs upstate, and out of state, to tangle with their New England-based opponents in regional tournaments. This summer, some of the local sluggers can leave their travel bags in the closets and enjoy short, familiar drives down the road for games and practices as they play deep into the summer months.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Is Taking Bell Making To Beardsley Zoo

    BRIDGEPORT — Ben’s Bells Newtown will be at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Sunday, August 3, from 10 am until 3 pm.

    There will be a number of special events that day including a bell making workshop, bead sculpting, and Kindness Coins being handed out.

    The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire, educate and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness. The pieces that come together to form each bell are crafted by volunteers. By the time a Ben’s Bell is finished, at least ten people have participated in its creation.

  • NHS Rising Senior Part Of Center Stage ‘Les Mis’ Production

    SHELTON — Kyle Watkins of Newtown will appear in the Youth CONNection’s upcoming production of Les Miserables under the direction of Gary Scarpa.

  • FunSpace II Playground Formal Celebration July 26

    The public is invited to enjoy live music and refreshments on Saturday when the Parks & Recreation Department staff and supporters lead a grand opening celebration for the new Dickinson Memorial Playground (FunSpace II). The celebration will take place at 11 am at Dickinson Park, on Elm Drive.

  • Nourishments: Melon-choly

    With summer in full bloom and melons proliferating on the vines and in the supermarkets, maybe now is not the best time to confess that I grew up a melon hater.

  • Art In Residence ‘Kaleidoscope’ Opening This Weekend

    Art in Residence, a fine art gallery located within the home at 12 Lake Road in Newtown, will host a weekend opening reception for its next show, “Kaleidoscope.”

    The public is invited to join hosts Rosemary and Robert Rau on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, from 1 to 6 pm each day, to enjoy “a feast for the eyes art show.”

  • Local Support Boosts Annual Book Sale

    The Annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale ended Wednesday, July 16, and while the final tally is not yet in, Friends spokesperson Denise Kaiser said that she is optimistic that the numbers generated this year will be comparable to last year’s sale, which generated $108,000. Bills and reimbursement by the book recycling center discoverbooks.com, which takes away the very last of the books for resale or pulp, will determine the final numbers.

  • Theater Review: Not So Plain In The Plain States

    A befuddled and loving dad, H.C. Curry (Jeff Rossman, left) is the figurehead of a family trying to find love and companionship during a personal and environmental dry spell in The Rainmaker. His two sons, Noah (William H. Greenridge IV, second from right) and Jimmy (Thomas Ovitt, right), like their father, want to a mate for their adored yet “plain” sister Lizzie (Stacy-Lee Frome), who is on the brink of being an old maid. Performances by The Sherman Players continue weekends, plus one Thursday night, until August 10.

  • A Summer Adventure To Gambia

    Katelyn Kean of Newtown, right, with Rosie Hammak, left, and Anna Passaniti, top right, worked together at one of two archeology sites in the Republic of the Gambia this summer. 

  • Computer Programming With Scratch 2.0

    Between students working to create their own games, Introduction to Computer Programming Using Scratch 2.0 instructor Tim McGuire offered tips and examples of other ways to improve their projects on Thursday, July 10.

    The course, which was offered through Newtown Continuing Education, ran July 7-11. Mr McGuire, the computer technology teacher at Reed Intermediate School, also offered a WeDo Robotics and a Minecraft course this summer.