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  • String Fest Offered Glimpse Of Newtown’s Orchestra Program

    Many were seated inside Reed Intermediate School’s cafetorium for the evening presentation of the Newtown Orchestra String Fest on Tuesday, February 24.

    The districtwide concert was performed by orchestra students in grades 5 to 12. The public was welcome to attend, and most attendees were parents or siblings of the orchestra students.

  • ‘EverWonder On The Road’ At Middle Gate

    A group of Middle Gate Elementary School students huddled inside a classroom on Tuesday, February 24, to participate in one session of the “EverWonder on the Road” after-school program.

    Pam Fagan, Middle Gate Elementary School’s retired math/science specialist, has been returning to work with Middle Gate students and EverWonder Children’s Museum Program Coordinator Janis Hubina for the program.

  • Sandy Hook Commission Thanked But Not Embraced

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepted the final report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday, somberly and profusely thanking its 15 members while offering no support for further restrictions on firearms and ammunition.

    The commission’s findings and recommendations, including a call for significant investments in an “underfunded and fragmented behavioral health system,” comes as the legislature considers deep budget cuts proposed by Malloy.

  • NUMC To Celebrate, And Begin Winding Down, 25 Years Of Pasta Suppers

    Newtown United Methodist Church’s Pasta Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month. The monthly NUMC Saturday Pasta Dinner will be this weekend, on March 7, from 5 to 7:30 pm, in the church’s lower gathering hall.

    The public will have two more opportunities to enjoy the monthly spaghetti dinner after that, longtime volunteer and project coordinator Martha Millett has announced. In June, the project will conclude its run of community gatherings.

  • Deep Freeze Makes Lake Zoar A Winter Playground

    Winter has frozen Lake Zoar from shore to shore, and the ice is thick — circumstances some residents have not seen in several years.

    “The last time the lake was frozen was four or five years ago,” said Waterview Drive resident Cindy Palkimas. She has been a lakeside resident for 13 years, she said. Although she remembers the lake freezing over completely in the past, she said, “This year the ice is the thickest it’s ever been since I moved here.”

  • The Digital Genealogist At Next Genealogy Club Meeting

    The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 7 pm. It will be at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

    There will be a 6:45 help desk in place to assist those with a research problem. 

  • Colonial Dancing Instruction During Next Historical Society Open House

    The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday March 15, from noon to 4 pm.

    During this month’s open house the special guests will be Patricia Campbell, a dance caller, and Fran Hendrickson, who will accompany her on keyboards. This is an interactive family event, where visitors 8 years old and up will have the opportunity to learn and participate in a 45-minute session.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Completes Work, Until Next Year

    A screen shot from CT-N shows Governor Dannel P. Malloy as he makes final remarks to his Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which completed its work Friday, March 6, nearly t2½ years after it convened. The panel issued its final version of a report not only recounting the events of December 14, 2012, but issuing myriad recommendations for improving school safety, mental health systems and other measures designed to help prevent the type of incidents and outcomes Newtown experienced on 12/14.

  • Closings Or Cancellations? Contact The Bee

    The light snow that began during the overnight hours is expected to continue until around 4 pm, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures at midday registered 21° F, which the weather service says will stay steady all afternoon.

  • Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. Announces New Board Members, 10-Year Sunset Plan

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) announced this week its approval of three new board members, and the ratification of a ten -year sunset plan, which formalizes the spending down of all available funds by December 2025.