• P&Z Considers Revised Exit 10 Design District Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their review of an engineering firm’s proposal to create new land use regulations for a “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Creating such an “overlay zone” would add flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations for an area that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Danbury Caregiver Guilty In Local Theft Case

    A caregiver from Danbury who was arrested by Newtown police after an investigation into alleged thefts from a Sandy Hook client was sentenced September 16 to 15 years in jail, suspended after six years, and five additional years of probation.

    The arrest occurred on April 15, 2013.

    According to the original Newtown Bee report on the case, Wanda Nunez turned herself in after learning that police held a warrant for her arrest.

  • Choose Love Concert Series Begins In Sandy Hook Center

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) kicked off its 2nd Annual Choose Love Outdoor Concert Series on Saturday, September 19, with a performance by The Midlife Crisis at the Sandy Hook Village Green.

    Band members performed hits like “Rock This Town,” “American Girl,” “Small Town,” and “Listen To The Music.”

  • Hunger Action Month Food Drive

    Through September 29, Newtown Savings Bank is conducting a Hunger Action Month Food Drive at its two Newtown locations.

    All are invited to visit the main branch at 39 Main Street or the office within Sand Hill Plaza, at 228 South Main Street, with donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry at the Department of Social Services.

  • Field Notes: The Autumnal Equinox

    We live upon a spinning top perched upon the twirling lariat of a great cowboy riding in circles. Yet none of us feels particularly dizzy. But how our heads do spin!

    In case you didn’t notice, the sun slipped into the Southern Hemisphere on Wednesday to deliver the blessings of spring and then summer to all things living below the equatorial belt. Those of us left in the bending light of its wake must now bank wood in our sheds, stock soup in our freezers, and books in our Kindles and shelves for the coming months of darkening and decrease.

  • Avielle Foundation Spark Program To Launch With Screening Of ‘Inside Out’

    The Avielle Foundation — a nonprofit seeking to prevent violence and build empathy by facilitating brain health research, education and policy, and by fostering community engagement, education, and responsibility— has scheduled a launch for its Spark Program, to take place on Saturday, October 3.

    The Newtown community is invited to the event, which will begin at 4 pm and will be held at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. The program will feature a screening of Disney- Pixar’s animated movie Inside Out.

  • Fall Class & Special Event Schedule Announced For Sound Center

    Sound, a center for music, creative arts and mindfulness, has announced is fall calendar of new and returning programs, along with upcoming special events.

    Adult class offerings include Kundalini Yoga, Yoga for Abundance, Relaxing Ukulele for Adults, Introduction to Meditation, Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), The Art of Ease: Free-Writing and Meditation (with live music), Psychic Development for Beginners, Psychic Development II — Intuition Circle, and Angelic Communication.

  • Police Reports, September 7-22, 2015

    Sugar Street DUI

    On September 17 at about 11:09 pm, local officers report they stopped a vehicle being operated on Sugar Street for speeding.

    Upon further investigation, police arrested Ryan Kelleher, 31, of Oakridge Road in Bethel, on the speeding charge, as well as for driving under the influence.

    Kelleher was processed and subsequently released on a $100 bond pending an October 1 court appearance.


  • Concert Review: Gailfean Newtown Debut ‘A Fantastic Show’

    NOTE (Wednesday, September 30, 2015): This article has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Noel Reid’s surname.

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  • Schwartz Named Inaugural Newtown Poet Laureate

    Lisa Schwartz was introduced as Newtown’s first Poet Laureate by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, September 19. The announcement was one of the opening events of the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival (see related story, “Festival Weekend Continued A Month-Long Celebration Of Arts”).

    She joins seven other town Poet Laureates in Connecticut.