• 3rd Annual 26 Days Of Kindness Begins Today

    Ashley Petersen (née Bochino), who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a child, started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the women and children who were killed on 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the educators and first grade students who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Hawleyville Sewer Expansion Bidding Expected Soon

    In early December, the town expects to seek competitive bids for the construction of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project, a town official said this week.

    Fred Hurley, director of public works, said that bidding documents for the project are being refined to explain to bidders the work required for the project.

    At a February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development.

  • Newtown Holiday Craft Festival

    The Newtown Holiday Craft Festival will take place in the gymnasium of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on Sunday, November 29, from 11 am to 5 pm.

    Organizers are planning a “great holiday shopping opportunity.” The festival is being presented by Artisans Alliance.

    Admission is free.

    For more information call 203-513-8690.


  • Field Notes: Bears In The Periphery

    New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance.

  • Theater Review: Brookfield Winning Hearts With Two-Woman Pulitzer Play

    BROOKFIELD — A recent performance of ‘Night Mother, the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond.

    While this is a play about the trauma of depression and its treatment by suicide, it is not without humor, love and compassion. Mostly, it is about connection as essential to fulfillment.

  • Garden Club Of Newtown Annual Holiday Greens Sale, December 5

    The Garden Club of Newtown will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale from 9 am to noon on Saturday, December 5, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

    This popular annual event is the club’s main fundraiser, and members plan all year by collecting and drying plant materials from their gardens and gathering pinecones and a wide variety of evergreens and other items to be used in creating and decorating evergreen wreaths and tabletop arrangements for the holiday season.

  • Brides 2016 Surveys Launched

    The Newtown Bee is working on Brides 2016, its annual supplement for brides- and grooms-to-be.

    Brides Editor Shannon Hicks is hoping to compile a collection of stories for the 2016 supplement, sharing stories of how newlyweds and engaged couples met. Current and former residents of Newtown are all invited to participate.

  • Resident Earns University Of Maryland Presidential Award

    Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online.

    Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in the health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College.

    According to the university, the school’s presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of “extraordinary accomplishments and performance.”

  • Young Newtown Actor Among The Cast Of Hartford Stage’s 'A Christmas Carol’

    HARTFORD — Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, has announced the cast of the 18th annual production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. The holiday classic runs November 27 through December 27.

    Over the past 17 years, Connecticut families have been thrilled by Dickens’ supernatural tale of redemption, which introduced the exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” and popularized the perennial greeting “Merry Christmas.”

  • Selectmen Advised: New Police Station Less Costly Than Town Hall South Renovation

    Newtown's appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is advising the Board of Selectmen to scrap the more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South to permit the growing police force to expanding into the full town-owned facility — a former tractor sales and service business. Instead committee members are advising officials to move forward with plans to build a new facility, presumably on public land at Fairfield Hills.