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  • Nature Nick Visits C.H. Booth Library

    Long Island animal trainer “Nature Nick” Jacinto visited Newtown’s C.H. Booth Library Friday, July 18, showing kids a number of exotic animals.

    “I’m here to show neat animals,” said Nature Nick as he presented the first animal to his audience, an African hedgehog named “Sprinkles.”

    “The spikey pricks on its back are made of protein, keratin to be exact,” he said.

  • Two Sessions Slated On SHS Project

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the zoning aspects of the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 31, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School at 12 Dickinson Drive, which the town demolished last year, following the December 2012 massacre there.

  • Local Residents Join Anti-Christie Protest In Greenwich

    Dave Stowe, vice chairman of Newtown Action Alliance, joined more than 50 Newtown, Sandy Hook, and area residents in Greenwich on Monday, July 21, where at least an additional 150 people gathered to protest the appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Gov Christie was fundraising in the Bell Haven area of Greenwich for Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

  • Cluster-Style 23-Lot Residential Subdivision Proposed

    Two development firms are proposing the construction of a cluster-style residential subdivision that would hold 23 single-family house lots on a 167-acre tract.

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have received for review the project known as The Preserve at Newtown from developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.

  • NHS Rising Senior Part Of Center Stage ‘Les Mis’ Production

    SHELTON — Kyle Watkins of Newtown will appear in the Youth CONNection’s upcoming production of Les Miserables under the direction of Gary Scarpa.

  • FunSpace II Playground Formal Celebration July 26

    The public is invited to enjoy live music and refreshments on Saturday when the Parks & Recreation Department staff and supporters lead a grand opening celebration for the new Dickinson Memorial Playground (FunSpace II). The celebration will take place at 11 am at Dickinson Park, on Elm Drive.

  • ‘Free State Parks Weekend’ July 26-27 At All Connecticut State Parks

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee this week announced that as part of the ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, will be “Free State Parks Weekend” in Connecticut.  For the weekend, all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout Connecticut’s state park system.

  • Baseball In Full Swing As Town Hosts Regional Tournaments

    Year after year, Newtown’s youth baseball players and their families make runs upstate, and out of state, to tangle with their New England-based opponents in regional tournaments. This summer, some of the local sluggers can leave their travel bags in the closets and enjoy short, familiar drives down the road for games and practices as they play deep into the summer months.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Is Taking Bell Making To Beardsley Zoo

    BRIDGEPORT — Ben’s Bells Newtown will be at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Sunday, August 3, from 10 am until 3 pm.

    There will be a number of special events that day including a bell making workshop, bead sculpting, and Kindness Coins being handed out.

    The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire, educate and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness. The pieces that come together to form each bell are crafted by volunteers. By the time a Ben’s Bell is finished, at least ten people have participated in its creation.

  • Nourishments: Melon-choly

    With summer in full bloom and melons proliferating on the vines and in the supermarkets, maybe now is not the best time to confess that I grew up a melon hater.