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  • FunSpace II Dedicated, But Still Closed

    Under adult supervision, children were allowed to explore FunSpace II for a few hours on July 26. The new playground at Dickinson Park was dedicated on Saturday, but is now temporarily closed while town crews finish final safety installations. Parks & Rec is hoping to fully open the playground next week.

  • School-Based Health Clinic Being Considered For NMS

    While the Board of Education held off making a decision on whether to implement a school-based health clinic at Newtown Middle School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15, it also promised to take the topic up again at a future date.

    When Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, arrived in the school district in April, he told the school board during its meeting on July 15, the conversation about adding a school-based health clinic at NMS was already ongoing.

  • Permanent Memorial Commission Publishes First Q&A

    The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has published a document in the form of questions and answers (Q&A) at the town website as an effort to guide people through the process, said commission chairman Kyle Lyddy.

  • Sobriety Checkpoint Nets One DUI Arrest, Many Other Violations

    Police report that during a sobriety checkpoint that they held on the evening of Saturday, July 19, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 20, at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills, they charged a Southbury man with driving under the influence.

    Police said that at about 8 pm on July 19, Tyler Hine, 19, of Southbury was driving eastward on Wasserman Way and then stopped at the checkpoint.

  • Summit At Newtown: South Main Street Mixed-Use Building Gains P&Z Approval

    Following a July 17 public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approved the construction of an 18,750-square-foot mixed-use two-story building at a 2.35-acre site at 146 South Main Street (Route 25), in which the lower level would be commercial space and the upper level would hold up to ten rental apartments.

  • A Glimpse Of The Garden: Ida’s Garden Takes Shape

    Howard Lasher and two of his friends, Emma and Sara, stand next to the moon door at the entrance to Ida’s Garden, a memorial to his mother.

  • Holding Court And Prosecuting Weeds

    Elaine Benko and Lana Dorrian spent time this month raking and weeding a bocce court at The Pleasance, 1 Main Street.

  • Rehearsals Underway For ‘Rockin’ Midsummer Night,’ ‘101 Dalmatians’ Musicals

    The 12.14 Foundation is well into rehearsals for two productions that will be presented at Newtown High School next month.

    The world premiere of A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream is a new musical version of Shakespeare’s story adapted by Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar with a score by Mr Svejcar.

  • Sports Car Runs Off Hawleyville Road, Hits Tree

    About 2:33 am on Sunday, July 20, police received a call reporting that a vehicle had driven off the road and gone down an embankment alongside Hawleyville Road (Route 25), near the Brookfield town line.

    Police responded to the area to investigate and found that motorist Robert Pallo, 62, of Brookfield, who was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, was trapped inside the sports car amid trees and brush on an embankment on residential property at 63 Hawleyville Road. There were no passengers.

  • Town Players To Go ‘Fully Committed’

    Town Players of Newtown will continue its summer of laughs with a special production of Fully Committed by Becky Mode, who has created a show for those who love the hilarity of fast-paced farces.

    Fully Committed follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an “in between gigs” actor who takes reservations at Manhattan’s hottest restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics — a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their quest to land a prime reservation (or the right table).