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  • Seniors Invited To Meet With Town Officials

    Tax relief for Newtown’s senior citizens, commercial development and student enrollment are among the topics to be discussed with John Kortze, chairman of the Board of Finance, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education during a special meeting with senior residents on Tuesday, December 9.

    The meeting will begin at 4 pm at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road.

    Seniors will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments during the informal dialogue with town officials. All are invited.

  • Police Plan Holiday Drives For Toys And Food

    Town police plan to conduct two charitable drives for the needy during the holiday season — one for toys and one for food.

    On Saturday, December 6, police will conduct a Toys For Tots drive from 10 am to 2 pm at two locations. The event simultaneously will be held in front of the TJ Maxx store in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street, and also in front of The Toy Tree at 14 Church Hill Road.

  • Governor Announces Federal Grants To Make Connecticut Schools Safer, Healthier Places To Learn

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on December 5 that Connecticut has received two federal grants totaling more than $3.5 million to create safer, more nurturing environments in schools.

  • Working Women’s Forum Holding Holiday Event

    Local professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum Wednesday, December 10, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.

    A wide variety of raffles will be offered, including spa services at A New Beginning Aveda Salon, portraits from Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli, local designer Christina Wolf’s holiday embellishments, a wine basket, a train set filled with goodies, festive “gold” and “silver” baskets, and much more.

  • Through Children’s Eyes, ‘It’s A Beautiful World’

    On October 19, Zoar Ridge Stables hosted 27 children who were participating in Embrace Hope’s “It’s a Beautiful World” photography workshop.

    They were met by four photographers — Debra Marafiote, Jens Haulund, Darrel Harrington and Danielle Amato — who gave them tips on taking an interesting photo. Armed with cameras and a new knowledge of light, angle and perspective, the children ventured out onto the Sandy Hook farm to capture anything that inspired them.

  • Sound Center Open House, Sunday Afternoon

    The Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts and Mindfulness, in the historic renovated chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road,  invites the public to usher in the holidays with a month of opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate.

    On Sunday, December 7, an IAM Meditation Technique Workshop will begin at 11 am. The practice offers is a powerful way to reconnect with one’s real self and experience the infinite vitality and innate joy that underlies life.

  • Resident Hoping To Return To Top Tier In Festival Of Lighthouses Contest

    NORWALK — A Newtown woman and her delicious holiday lighthouse are vying for the $1,500 grand prize in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest.

    Donna Kern Ball’s “Gingerbread Man Kind” is among the 24 creative handmade entries in the holiday display, which will be open daily through January 19 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.

  • Council Welcomes Eva Bermudez To Fill Vacant District 2 Seat

    Eva Bermudez, a local, state and national union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, and an outreach worker for Access Health CT, was sworn in December 3 to fill an open District 2 seat on the Legislative Council.

  • Council Authorizes Town To Accept ‘Gift’ Of Lanza Property

    The Legislative Council on December 3 unanimously voted to acquire, at no cost to taxpayers, the home and property where 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. The bank that was holding the outstanding mortgage on 36 Yogananda Street decided after months of discussion to give the parcel and residence to the community.

  • Salvation Army Kicks Off Local Christmas Kettle Campaign

    Newtown members of the Salvation Army encourage the public to support the 2014 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, scheduled to take place over two weekends in December.

    Volunteer bell ringers will be stationed outside of Yankee Wine & Spirits on Queen Street, Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, Walgreens on South Main Street, and Barnwood Grill in the Queen Street Plaza on Fridays, December 12 and 19, from 4 to 8 pm.