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  • WSA Members Updated On Hawleyville Sewering Project

    The town’s consulting engineer has updated Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members on the ongoing planning for the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, which is intended to foster economic development in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Engineer Kurt Mailman of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, on April 9 briefed WSA members on the planning, explaining the status of various aspects of the project.

  • Beautiful Baby Contest Seeking Entries

    Newtown’s annual Beautiful Baby Photo Contest, coordinated since 2010 by Sandy Hook resident Lois Barber, is kicking off and looking for photos of children, newborn to age 4, to be posted on its voting booth.

    The contest is a friendly competition/fundraiser that this year will help an American soldier returning home with life-altering injuries receive a free custom handicapped accessible house through the Homes For Our Troops national nonprofit. It is a baby photo contest, not a live pageant. All money raised goes to Homes for Our Troops.

  • Guess Who, BTO Frontman Randy Bachman Bubbling Over ‘Heavy Blues’

    You can now officially classify classic rocker Randy Bachman as a ‘three-peater.’

    After huge success fronting The Guess Who, and morphing into the classic rock hit machine Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the award-winning Canadian artist is now channeling his love for late-’60s British blues grooves into a brand new and refreshingly accessible power trio.

  • WSA Reviews Sewer Request For Sandy Hook Center Housing Plan

    Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members are reviewing technical information and have requested  more data from a local developer/builder who is seeking sewer service for a 74-unit housing complex proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    On April 9, WSA members opened a public hearing on applicant Michael Burton’s request for 9,250 gallons of daily sewage treatment capacity for The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, which is proposed for an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue.

  • Choral Society Taking A Musical Journey To NOLA For Spring Concert

    The Newtown Choral Society will perform “The Soul of New Orleans” as its spring concert, Sunday, April 26, at 3:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

    Two trumpets and a saxophone will accompany the choir with high school band director Kurt Eckhardt on trombone and middle school teacher Bob Nolte on percussion, including the timpani.                               

  • Untreatable Tickborne Disease Spurs Strong Reminder About Prevention

    In the summer of 2014, Newtown Health Director Donna Culbert received a notice from the state Department of Health flagging the presence of an emerging but rare infectious disease that had been isolated in several ticks in Connecticut, that also turned up in a number of other states, including neighboring New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

    The tickborne Powassan virus neuroinvasive disease (POWV) was first identified in Connecticut in 2008, Ms Culbert said, and has since been found in local deer populations.

  • Free Aquarion Fishing Permits For Unemployed, Active Military, Veterans

    EASTON — For the seventh year, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members may also receive free permits this year.

    On Wednesdays, April 22 and May 6, between 8 am to 3:30 pm, qualified anglers can obtain a free fishing permit by going to Aquarion’s Aspetuck Environmental Center at 714 Black Rock Road in Easton.

    Anglers should bring a valid Connecticut fishing license and official proof of unemployment or a military ID/DD Form 214.

  • Smith, With Pastel Demo, At Next SCAN Meeting

    Rae Smith will be demonstrating in pastel at the next meeting of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) on Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 pm.

    This meeting is open to the public and will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). All are welcome and admission is free.

  • Concert Review: Energized Trio Launched East Coast Tour Before An Appreciative Audience

    On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the words to describe it. The Máirtín O’Connor Trio’s show at Newtown Meeting House, hosted on April 10 by The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, was one of those concerts.

    Everything was perfect. The band members were energized and the house was filled with an appreciative audience. One cannot imagine a better start for the trio’s nine-day East Coast tour.