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  • Summer Jobs Begin For Youth Employment Program Hires

    Students in this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program began their work for the summer of 2014 on Monday, July 7.

    A grant through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board provides the program, according to Peg Ragaini, the school to career coordinator at Newtown High School. Students apply for a position in the program and are placed into a position to work 20 hours a week for six weeks throughout the summer.

  • Change Of Venue For Tuesday’s Summer Jam Concert

    The second annual Summer Jam Concert Series, a weekly offering of free concerts for children and families that opened on June 24, “has been phenomenal” so far, according to volunteer coordinator Erin Masotta.

    “The turnout this year has far exceeded last year’s and we hope to keep the attendance high for the next several weeks,” she said Monday, July 14.

  • ‘Theatre On Your Feet’ Benefits From Experienced Teacher

    They are not ready to pack the house yet, but Newtown youth involved in the Parks & Recreation sponsored “Theatre On Your Feet” program since its inception in January 2013 are developing theater skills that segue into real life, said program instructor Theresa Talluto.

  • Breakfast With Santa, Saturday

    Santa will be at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 7, from 9 to 11 am, for his annual breakfast sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation.

    Children of all ages are invited to join the jolly elf for breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, milk, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

    Admission is free. Donations for the local food pantries will be collection.

  • Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Openings Available

    With the summer halfway over, Newtown Parks & Recreation is pleased at the attendance at this summer’s camps and activities thus far.

    According to RoseAnn Reggiano, assistant director of recreation, attendance for this year’s roundup of summer camps have been slightly down when compared to past summer camp participation, but overall, participants have been both plentiful and very happy.

    “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” Ms Reggiano said, in regard to the summer programs.

  • Two More Opportunities To Catch Inaugural Summer Jam Concerts

    Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience participation. The next concert in the series will be Wednesday, July 31, featuring Robert The Guitar Guy. The season finalé will be August 7, with Zak Morgan. Concerts begin at 12:30 at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, and are free of charge.

  • Mad Dash, Take Two: Adventure-Challenge Race Returning June 8

    Slopping through mud on hands and knees, hurdling piles of hay, and pulling themselves from rung to rung — monkey bar-style — on a ladder suspended from trees, approximately 120 athletes of various ages participated in Newtown’s first Mad Dash Adventure Race in June 2012.

  • Moore Soccer Clinic For Young Newtown Athletes, Saturday At Treadwell Park

    Moore Soccer Academy was started in January 2012 by former Major League Soccer midfielder Jason Moore.

    Jason started his MLS career with DC United, and won a MLS Cup Championship his rookie year. He played a total of six years with the MLS, his last year spent at the New England Revolution.

    Jason has always been passionate about soccer and helping the community. Last year, he decided he wanted to dedicate his passions full-time and start an academy. Moore Soccer Academy (MSA) was the result.