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  • NYFS Conducting Survey On Programming For Children On Autism Spectrum

    Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook, is developing a new curriculum for individuals and families who are looking for social recreational and educational programming for children with autism spectrum disorders.

    The agency is working closely with the autism resources and services of Connecticut, and has recently hired a full-time recreational therapist who will lead these programs.

  • Father-Daughter Honduran Trip Helped Create Miles Of Smiles

    It was a different kind of father-daughter road trip, when Dr Steven Landin and his daughter Melissa set out March 21 for Bradley International Airport and a long day’s journey to Honduras.

    Dr Landin and Melissa were part of a 32-member dental mission team to Comayagua, Honduras, from the University of Connecticut, where Melissa is a junior in the dental program.

  • Workshop For Kids & Parents, Yoga For Adults At Resiliency Center

    There was such a tremendous response to her last visit, Suzanne Rossini is returning to The Resiliency Center (RCN) this week.

    Ms Rossini will offer a workshop on Friday, May 9, at 4:15 pm.

    EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique but is commonly referred to as Tapping.

    Tapping is a self-soothing tool for children to help gain control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

  • NHS Students Travel To Toronto For Festivals Of Music

    The Festivals of Music event held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at York University welcomed 150 musicians and singers from Newtown High School last week who had traveled to the area April 24 to 27 via a ten-hour bus trip, where the students performed in a North American high schools competition and took home First Place awards in all five categories they entered.

  • Grant Will Cover Abatement Of Single-Family Homes In FFH

    Thanks to $200,000 in grant funds, hazardous materials abatement in the single-family houses at Fairfield Hills has begun, with abatement and demolition of Danbury Hall to follow. An additional $200,000 in Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds through the town will cover any additional costs incurred when Danbury is demolished.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse To Host Info Session For Young Adult Mission Trip To Colorado

    For the second consecutive summer, Ben’s Lighthouse will bring about 20 Newtown high schoolers across the country to assist the victims of a massive natural disaster. From July 27 to August 2, this volunteer group of teens and chaperones will participate in projects to clean up and rebuild from the unprecedented flooding that took at least eight lives and destroyed 2,000 homes last September.

  • The Spring Construction Season Sprouts Several Commercial Projects

    As with the spring flowers that emerge in April, construction projects often also start this time of year. Four notable examples of commercial construction projects that are starting, or are about to begin, can be found on Mt Pleasant Road, South Main Street, and Church Hill Road.

    George Benson, town director of planning and land use, notes that the coming construction season promises to be a busy one with those projects commencing.

  • Local Savings Bank Officials, BBB Warn Internet Users About ‘Heartbleed’

    Local businesses including Newtown Savings Bank and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau have been busy alerting business owners about the “Heartbleed” security flaw that targets computer servers running the most widely used Internet encryption security system.

    According to BBB, security engineers discovered Heartbleed exploits a flaw in OpenSSL, which allowed them to view passwords and user names when they tested the virus.

  • Brownfields Grant Will Aid FFH Hazmat Assessments

    Newtown was notified April 16 that it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant, which Director of Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker said will be applied to assessing nine remaining buildings at Fairfield Hills for hazardous materials. The assessments will help the town estimate the cost of eventual hazmat remediation whether the building in question is slated for possible reuse or for demolition.

  • Accident Snarls I-84 Traffic For Hours

    Several accidents occurred in Newtown on Interstate 84 on Monday, April 14, resulting in extensive traffic backups on I-84’s westbound and eastbound lanes, causing motorists to seek alternate routes on local roads, thus creating traffic congestion on those streets.

    At 12:47 pm, state police received a report that a Peterbilt tractor, which had been traveling westward on I-84 between Exits 10 and 9, had gone off the road and landed precariously on the sloped median, balanced on a rock.