• Aaron Johnson’s Photography Hobby Takes Flight

    Aaron Johnson’s most recent hobby — a combination of technology, photography, and remote controlled flight — has resulted in wide-angled aerial images of familiar places such as Ram Pasture, Hawley Pond, and last week, shots of Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. On August 4 he set up his DJI Phantom II Vision+ drone for a brief flight, which found the drone hovering first above the parking lot, then soaring toward a pale blue sky above the football field. From there he dropped the drone to hover at the 50-yard line, then toward the goal posts. 

  • Verizon Doubles Defibrillator Donation

    Standing outside the recently opened Verizon Wireless store in Sand Hill Plaza are, from left, Store Manager Chris Faett, NVAC Chief Mike Collins and Verizon Regional Manager Tamar Bundy. The amount shown on the check they are holding has been doubled, so that the volunteer ambulance corps will now receive $1,000 to underwrite the replacement of damaged and aging AEDs.

  • Vintage Ballists Go Back In Time, Honor Early Days Of Base Ball

    A Woodstock Hilltoppers’ player drove a ball deep to left field, over the head of outfielder Bryan Donnelly. A sure extra base hit in today’s game — but this wasn’t today’s game of hardball. Donnelly dove and caught the ball on a bounce for an out.

    An out? On a bounce?

    Welcome to 1864 rules base ball (that’s two words, not one word, like how we write baseball today).

  • ‘Some Like It Hot’ To Be A Mid-Week Offering For Cinema Series

    The next installment of the Sunday Cinema Series sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will actually be a midweek offering. Some Like It Hot is set for Wednesday, August 19. Screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street, will be offered at 1 and 7 pm.

    All tickets are $2.

    Set in 1929, the 1959 film stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.

  • Styler To Demo At Next SCAN Program

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Anda Styler painting in acrylic at its next program, scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape.

    The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). Admission is free.

    Anda Styler began painting in acrylic when she was 16. From there she also went on to discover oil painting. Acrylic, however remain her favorite medium, which she has worked in for over 40 years.

  • Keeper Of The Flagpole Furls His High-Flying Hobby

    David Lydem has stepped down as the unofficial Keeper of the Flagpole. Or, as the retired Newtown Police lieutenant likes to say, “a facilitator of the flagpole.”

    The flagpole is easily one of Newtown’s most recognizable landmarks. Located not only in the middle of a major roadway, it is also within the heart of the Borough of Newtown. It has appeared for years in photos, paintings, postcards, and in books; on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and as the backdrop for countless television broadcasts done from the town center.

  • Newtown GOP To Host Family BBQ At Treadwell

    On Sunday, August 16, the Newtown Republican Town Committee will host a Family BBQ and fundraiser under the pavilion at Treadwell Park, 39 Philo Curtis Road in Sandy Hook.

    The GOP will be serving up favorite picnic foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, steamed clams, and clams on the half shell. Summer salads, desserts, and soft beverages will accompany.

    Entertainment includes DJ music, games, and a dunk tank where you will have an opportunity to dunk various Republican elected officials or Town Committee members.

  • Twenty-Six Benches Provide Rest And Reflection

    The benches began showing up around town last month, inviting those passing by to pause, rest, and remember. By early this week, private contractors, Parks and Recreation employees, and town employees had installed ten of the benches in places as diverse as The Pleasance on Main Street, tucked in next to the rabbit cottage at the back of the property; or at Ferris Farms Creamery, offering an overview of the Creamery and fields across Route 302.

  • ZBA Approves Two Zoning Variances For Rand-Whitney Factory Expansion

    The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) this week granted a local industrial firm two zoning variances which the company sought toward its goal of expanding its corrugated cardboard container factory located on the corner of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Edmond Road.

  • Town Players Celebrating 80th Anniversary Season

    The Town Players of Newtown will continue its 80th anniversary season birthday with a production of Bus Stop, weekends from September 4 to September 26; a production of Design for Murder, to be staged weekends in the fall; an exhibit at C.H. Booth Library recounting the organization’s history, and a gala planned for October 17.