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  • Newtowner Nate Hapke Crowd Funding New Film With Richard Herd

    Contemporary cinema is packed with repeat director-actor collaborations that have yielded stellar results.

    There’s Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, along with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to name a few.

    Perhaps Newtown can claim some ownership to another recent director-actor pairing: former resident Nate Hapke and seasoned performer Richard Herd.

  • Affordable Health Screenings Coming To Sandy Hook

    Residents living in and around Sandy Hook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.

    Newtown United Methodist Church, at 92 Church Hill Road, will host this community event on Monday, January 26. Screenings can check for:

    *The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and overall vascular health;

    *HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels;

  • Free Seminars For Business Owners

    The Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking about entering the world of entrepreneurship.

    All seminars will be held in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, from 8 to 9:30 am. Coffee and bagels will be served.

    The following workshops are scheduled:

  • Sandy Hook 5K Race Registration Opens January 18

    The organizers of the Sandy Hook 5K are proud to announce the third annual race to honor the memories of the victims and support those affected by the tragic events of 12/14. The race event will take place on Saturday, March 28, on the campus of Fairfield Hills, beginning at 8:15 am with staggered kid fun runs and 9 am for the 5K. Online registration will open on the official race website, 5krunforshf.org, at 4 pm on Sunday, January 18.

  • Hearing Is Next Step For 2015-16 School Budget

    After three budget workshop meetings, the Board of Education finished hearing reports from representatives of the different areas of the superintendent’s proposed 2015-16 budget at its workshop meeting on Tuesday, January 13. The next step for the budget will be a public hearing on February 3.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented his proposed 2015-16 operating budget to the school board on Tuesday, January 6, as $72,399,186, a 1.48 percent increase over the current budget of $71,345,304.

  • One Newtowner’s Path To Military Service Leads To Israel

    A desire to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has carried 22-year-old Alexander Moliver a long way from his Newtown home to a small apartment outside of Tel-Aviv, Israel. He spends up to three days there with roommates and rotates back to his military base for another 11 days.

  • Advisory Commission Working On Final Report

    HARTFORD — An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed on January 16 to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than ten rounds without reloading.

  • For Growing A Youth Ministry At NUMC The Solution Seemed Preordained

    Reverend Mel Kawakami said the path followed by a college student who is currently serving as the new youth leader for Newtown United Methodist Church was an act of faith.

    The senior pastor of NUMC, Rev Kawakami has had a new leader for his church’s younger members since last summer.

    Brendan Fox, 24, is not ordained, but does have the blessing of NUMC’s trustees, who interviewed and then hired the Bethel resident late last year after a serendipitous series of events brought him to the Sandy Hook church.

  • NAA To Protest NSSF Trade Show And Policies

    Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will hold a rally outside the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), 11 Mile Hill Road, Newtown, on Tuesday, January 20, at 4:15 pm, “to expose the gun industry’s shameful record of selling military-style assault rifles that are routinely used in mass shootings, while at the same time it opposes gun safety laws and policies,” according to the announcement of the event released earlier this week. Organizers are encouraging members of the community to attend.

  • Resolve To Be Part Of The Solution: Winter Coat Drive For Dorothy Day House

    As you kick off the new year, remember that the next eight weeks will likely bring bitter cold to the Northeast. And there are many who need help braving the elements.

    Readers are being asked to help keep someone warm this winter by donating gently used coats, hats, and gloves to The Dorothy Day House in Danbury. The soup kitchen and overnight shelter is especially in need of men’s coats, hats with flaps over the ears or that are long enough to cover the ears, and thick gloves.