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Businesses And Organizations Update Information As Reopenings Underway



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Please contact Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at shannon@thebee.com to be added to this list. Updates to current information are also invited.

New This Week

*Old Glory Days, 107 Church Hill Road (Suite GL-1), planned to begin seeing clients again on June 30, according to a note from Director Emily Slattery, LMSW.

*Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, reopened to the public, with limitations, on July 1. All visitors are asked to self-check for fever and COVID-19 symptoms; anyone with symptoms is asked to not visit (no entry allowed with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher); protective face coverings required; only one family member as a time should enter. Contact information for each department is available at the town website (newtown-ct.gov).

*The Newtown Salvation Army Committee announced June 30 that it will not conduct a “Christmas in July” bell-ringing campaign.

*NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, has reopened, with modified hours and new safety measures in place, similar to those of the Municipal Center. The Fitness Center, personal training services, pickleball, tennis, and bocce are available. The remainder of NYA’s amenities will be phased in. Group fitness classes are expected to resume Monday, July 6, also on a modified schedule.

*The Town of Newtown last week announced that while the State Plastic Bag Tax was reinstated on July 1, the Newtown Plastic Bag Ordinance suspension is being extended until August 1. This will in part allow local retailers time to utilize their stockpiles of plastic bags. Newtown stores will not collect 10 cents per paper bag for the month of July. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is encouraging state residents to use reusable bags. Note that stores may not allow employees to put items into those bags. Customers may be expected to bag their own orders when shopping with reusable bags.

*The Office of the Town Clerk announces that an extension has been made to the start date for imposition of a late fee for obtaining dog licenses, from July 1 to August 1. Section 22-338(a) of the Connecticut General Statues has been modified to extend that date this year. For additional information contact the Town Clerk’s office at 203-270-4210 or dogregistration@newtown-ct.gov.

Businesses & Organizations

*Big Y World Class Market, at 6 Queen Street, is opening at 7 am for senior citizens, 8 am for everyone else, and remaining open until 9 pm daily, until further notice.

*C.H. Booth Library remains closed. The town library continues to offer multiple virtual programs. Curbside service is available weekdays; call 203-426-4533 for details. Library cards due to expire have been extended to October 1, according to the library’s website.

*Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market, 5 Queen Street, is open from 6:30 until 7:30 am daily for shoppers age 65 and over, and then from 7:30 am until 8 pm for all, until further notice. The market has added curbside pickup for essential items. The service is currently only in Newtown, and is “just the essentials for now,” according to the website. Visit caraluzzis.com/curbside-pickup for details.

*Cornerstone Ministry at Newtown Congregational Church remains closed until further notice.

*Edmond Town Hall is closed until further notice. Administrative staff continues to work including answering calls (203-270-4285) and e-mails (manager@edmondtownhall.org). The town hall is now offering virtual and drive-in movies. See our calendar listings, in print and online, or visit edmondtownhall.org for information.

*EverWonder Children’s Museum remains closed until further notice. Visit its Facebook page for activity suggestions.

*FAITH Food Pantry is operating by appointment only. Call 203-426-5604 or 203-837-0816 to make an appointment to pick up food, toiletries, pet supplies, etc, or to donate.

*FISH of Newtown, Inc, the volunteer medical transportation service, has canceled service until further notice, for the protection of clients and drivers.

*Girl Scouts of Connecticut including Girl Scouts of Newtown has suspended all activity and meetings.

*The Newtown Bee offices, 5 Church Hill Road, have reopened. Visitors must wear a mask to enter the building. Connect over the phone (203-426-3141) or through e-mails (editor@thebee.com for Editorial or sherri@thebee.com for Sales/Classified and other content). Copies of the print edition are sold on a cart outside the front door. Papers are $1 each, and an honor box is on the cart. If it is raining and you would like a copy of The Newtown Bee or Antiques And The Arts Weekly ($2 per issue) , call and someone will walk one outside. To subscribe to The Newtown Bee visit newtownbee.com; to subscribe to Antiques And The Arts Weekly visit antiquesandthearts.com.

*Newtown Bridge Club is hosting virtual games at 10:15 am daily, at bridgebase.com. The club normally meets at Edmond Town Hall.

*Newtown Community Center, 8 Simpson Street, reopened last week. It closed early on Friday, July 3, and remained closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The center reopened on Sunday, July 5, on its summer schedule. Call 203-270-4349 or visit newtowncommunitycenter.org.

*Newtown Public Works & Engineering departments, at 4 Turkey Hill Road, are open by appointment. Call 203-270-4300 to schedule an appointment, including arrangements for compost bags or recycling bins.

*Newtown Parent Connection has suspended in-person meetings of its support group until further notice.

Virtual meetings continue to be held for some groups. Visit newtownparentconnection.org for sign-in information for each of the groups.

Those who need individual assistance should call 203-270-1600.

*Newtown Park & Bark, 21 Old Farm Road, has reopened. The park is limited to 20 humans at a time. The water features of the park are not yet being turned on. There are no public restrooms. BYO hand sanitizer. A parking permit is required and can be ordered through Parks & Rec, 203-270-4340. Ambassadors will be doing spot checks for the number of visitors and parking permits.

*Parks & Recreation programs and activities began this week, including Summer Day Camp. Programs for ages 4-13 are available, with limited spaces; COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are in place. Scheduled field use will resume when schools reopen.

Eichler’s Cove beach and Treadwell Park pool have both reopened. Both are using a reservation system. There is a reduced cost for pool and beach memberships this year. Contact Parks & Rec at 203-270-4340 for information.

*Newtown Police Department has adopted its own social distancing protocols, including asking residents and others to not visit 3 Main Street unless it is an emergency. Call 911 in the event of an emergency, but use the department’s routine phone line (203-426-5841) for all other calls. The records window is closed until further notice; requests can be made over the phone, via e-mail, and via USPS. Car seat installation services are suspended. Fingerprinting has resumed, on Wednesdays only, by appointment.

*Newtown Senior Center is closed until further notice. Through CW Resources, the senior center’s meal provider, prepackaged lunches for senior citizens are available Monday through Thursday, with advance registration. Suggested donation is $3, cash only. Contact the senior center, 203-270-4310, to place an order for a lunch.

*Newtown Youth & Family Services has closed its offices, but staff remains available for non-emergency calls. Contact NYFS’s answering service at 203-791-7332. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

NYFS has begun offering virtual and tele-health appointments, according to NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr.

*The Resiliency Center of Newtown is open by appointment only; call 203-364-9750.

*Stop & Shop stores, including the one in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street, have special and curtailed hours. Customers age 60 and older and anyone with a compromised immune system are welcome between 6 and 7:30 am. The store is then open for all customers from 7:30 am until 8 pm. Online pick-up has resumed; see notes at the top of this week’s column.

The Newtown store has launched same-day Pickup & Delivery service. Customers head to the store at their chosen pick-up time, park in a designated pick-up spot, then call a phone number to let the store team know they have arrived. Stop & Shop team members will then deliver the order right to their car. There is a $2.95 fee for this service and a $30 order minimum.

*The VNA Thrift Shop at Edmond Town Hall remains closed until further notice.

*Weaving Newtown sessions, Monday evenings at Newtown Congregational Church, are canceled until further notice.

NYA Sports & Fitness Center employee Haley Pitera prepares to do a touchless thermometer scan on fellow NYA employee Angie Taylor on Wednesday, July 1. Standing with Haley is fellow NYA employee Angela Evertez. Face masks, the temperature scan, and a health screening are among the requirements of all members and staff before they are allowed into the health facility. —Bee Photo, Hicks
Angie Taylor arrives for work at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on July 1. The sports facility recently reopened following a COVID-19 closure. Modified hours and new safety measures are in place, including the need for staff, members and visitors to wear masks. Waiting to greet Taylor on Wednesday morning were Haley Pitera, seated, and Angela Evertez.
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