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  • Benefit Scrabble Tournament, Sunday At Inn

    On Sunday, October 5, a Scrabble tournament will be held at The Inn at Newtown to benefit the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, a teen-led group working to reduce gun violence in America.

    Two playing options are available: a three-game unrated tournament for new players and those rated under 1000, and a seven-game rated tournament for players ready for a longer day. Both tournaments will start at 10 am. with registration at 9:30.

  • New Leadership Stresses ‘Open For Business’ Commitment

    From right, First Selectman Pat Llodra, Director of Planning George Benson, Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter, and Grant Coordinator Christal Preszler welcome potential business developers to meet this new local team committed to supporting responsible, environmentally sound development, creating a strong local economy and increasing the tax base to offset the residential tax burden for residents.                

  • Prevention Council Begins New Year Looking At ‘New Ground’

    Near the start of the Newtown Prevention Council’s first meeting of the new school year, held on Thursday, September 18, Co-Chair Judy Blanchard announced, “We’re moving ahead on some new ground, and we’re going to need everybody on board.”

  • NHS ‘Financing College’ Presentation Set For October 8

    The School Counseling office at Newtown High School is sponsoring an evening presentation called “Financing College” on Wednesday, October 8, starting at 7 pm.

    The event will be held in the school’s F-wing cafetorium.

    The program will be conducted by Charles Wareham, a financial advisor with Valark Financial Services in Hartford. According to a release from NHS, the presentation will not be a sales presentation, but will offer “high value information that will benefit you.”

  • FAITH Volunteers Are Counting On Generosity Of Passport Guests

    To the Editor,

    The scarce contents of the FAITH Food Pantry shelves are anxiously awaiting the donations that will come from the 4th Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 11. The numbers of residents we are helping is growing every month, placing more of a demand on our volunteers to keep the shelves stocked. 

  • Re-Elect No One — No Exceptions

    To the Editor:

    This is a non-partisan message.

    Keep this in mind, as we approach mid-term elections for Congress. The incumbents have done nothing, except take care of themselves. Let’s give them a pink slip!

    Vote for the challengers with this proviso, you must serve the people and propose and fight to:

    *Insist on a balanced budget.

    *Resolve national problems such as immigration

  • Firm Seeks Tire Recycling Operation For High Bridge Road

    A firm that wants to create a tire recycling operation in an industrial building at 40 High Bridge Road is expected to submit a revised regulatory proposal to the town, which would seek to add that type of land use to the zoning regulations.

  • Fire Company Buys Former Hawleyville Post Office

    Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1 has purchased the vacant former Hawleyville post office and adjacent land at 30 Hawleyville Road (Route 25) from the Housatonic Railroad Company, Inc.

    Hawleyville Fire Chief John Basso said last week that the sale occurred on September 12.

  • NHS Student To Serve As National Poetry Ambassador

    Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong has been selected to be one of this year’s five National Student Poetry Ambassadors.

    Ashley has known about her achievement since July, but had to keep it a secret until it was announced. That announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C., September 17-20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event the five National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in, kicking off their year as ambassadors.

  • Fine Poetry & Music: ‘Voices Of Poetry/At The Booth,’ October 18

    C.H. Booth Library will host an afternoon of fine poetry and music on Saturday, October 18, from 2 to 4 pm.

    The event, “Voices of Poetry/At the Booth,” will feature readings by the poets and writers Kristen DeVoe, Patrick Donnelly, Michael Klein, and Amy Nawrocki and acoustic music by the guitarist Buzz Turner.

    Admission for the event will be free, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library.