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  • Svigals: Sandy Hook School Design Reflects Community’s Spirit

    “There was never one ah-ha moment.”

    That observation from architect Barry Svigals of Svigals + Partners came during an interview ahead of a community information meeting revealing the latest Sandy Hook School developments set for Thursday, June 5, after the print edition of The Newtown Bee went to press.

  • NHS Hosts Annual Health Fair

    A range of participating organizations and representatives gathered at booths inside Newtown High School’s gymnasium on Wednesday, May 21, for the school’s annual health fair.

  • State Reps Talk Budget, Legislation At Forum

    House Republican Mitch Bolinsky, representing most of Newtown from his 106th District seat, said during a forum Tuesday that the state has to be more taxpayer friendly and more business friendly.

    Resident Paul Mangiafico later reminded Mr Bolinsky of his comment during the evening’s State of the State that raised topics including the budget, legislation, and other issues involving the state’s taxpayers.

  • Early ‘Little Princess,’ Popular ‘Wizard Of Oz’ To Open 1939 Film Series

    There have been many versions of The Little Princess filmed, and an equal number of films called or based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, but only two were made in 1939. Those two films — one starring a 10-year-old Shirley Temple and the other a Best Picture nominee that features some of film history’s most well-known songs — will launch a new film series at Edmond Town Hall this weekend.

  • Fire Officials Pose Questions About Proposed Dispatching Change

    Fire officials, who are considering a proposed move of local emergency radio dispatching from Town Hall South to a regional dispatching center in Prospect about 25 miles away, are seeking answers to questions about what effects, positive and negative, such a change might hold in terms of Newtown fire protection.

  • P&Z Weighs Expanded Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    With an expanded sanitary sewer system planned for Hawleyville, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are considering revising the zoning regulations to allow three additional land uses in the M-2A (Industrial) zone there.

  • Police Officials Skeptical About Dispatching Change

    Police Commission members this week discussed the many issues stemming from a proposal to move local emergency radio dispatching for 911 police, fire, and ambulance calls from Newtown to a private, nonprofit, nonunionized dispatching center in Prospect, generally expressing skepticism that such a change would be beneficial.

  • Girl Scout Troop 50651’s Trip To Europe Was Years In The Making

    “It was an amazing, amazing experience,” said Cat Fedorchek, Girl Scout Troop 50651 leader, recently about her troop’s trek across Europe during the school district’s April break.

    Yet the trip was more than one experience: it represented years of effort. The trip came about thanks to years of fundraisers and participating in the community, according to Ms Fedorchek, and each Girl Scout Troop 50651 member had a moment during the trip to revel in all that planning.

  • Lighthouse Festival, Colorado Relief Highlight Ben’s Lighthouse Summer Plans

    Two teens paint the lower section of Fayerweather Lighthouse in Bridgeport on Saturday. Ben’s Lighthouse hosted a work session for Newtown middle and high school age students.

  • 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.