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  • Investigation Continues To Determine Start Of Fire That Heavily Damaged Sandy Hook Home

    Fire officials this week were continuing their probe into the cause of a September 2 Alpine Circle house fire that heavily damaged a two-story Colonial-style home on that road in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, near Lake Zoar.

    There were no injuries in the blaze at the Rebecco residence at 40 Alpine Circle where three adults live, said Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief Bill Halstead.

  • Visiting Newtown, September 9: Injured Veterans To Cycle 355 Miles For Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge

    More than 150 cyclists including injured veterans — men and women from all branches of the Armed Forces — and their supporters will be participating in the Fifth Annual Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Challenge this month, and for the second year the route will take the group through Newtown.

    This year’s Challenge begins in Waltham, Mass, and will take riders into New York City. Cyclists are in for a 355-mile ride, covering five states and both rural and city riding with plenty of hill climbing in Connecticut and New York.

  • Chamber To Host Breakfast Talk On Healthy Trees

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues its free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on September 10 from 8 to 9 am. 

    The guest speaker is Jeff Cowden of Yacko and Sons Tree Service. Mr Cowden’s presentation is titled “Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Trees” and will include a workshop that actively improves guests’ knowledge of maintaining their trees and shrubs.

  • All Invited To Community Craft & Tag Sale In Hawleyville

    Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company and Big Buddha Cigar Lounge will co-host a Community Craft & Tag Sale on Sunday, September 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. The event will be presented at the firehouse at 34 Hawleyville Road.

    While previously announced as taking place at both locations, organizers have decided to present everything at the fire station and its property in order to alleviate the need to pedestrian traffic crossing Route 25.

    Hawleyville Fire members will be grilling food, and also offering drinks for purchase.

  • School District Receiving Additional $3.1 Million SERV Grant

    Newtown School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, joined US Representative Elizabeth Esty, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Director David Esquith on a conference call Wednesday announcing the local school district will receive an additional $3.1 million grant under the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

  • Weekend Arts Festival Details Emerging

  • Regionalized Emergency Dispatch: Seeing Green

    After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.

  • Noreika At Next SCAN Meeting, September 10

    The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will welcome Robert Noreika, a prominent watercolorist and illustrator, for a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor during its meeting on Wednesday, September 10.

    The meeting and subsequent program will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be at Newtown Meeting House  (lower level), 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.

  • Route Rolls Through Town: CT United Ride Returning September 7

    The 14th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 7.

  • FEMA Equipment Grants Approved For Two More Volunteer Fire Companies

    Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

    Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).