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Parade Cancellation Among This Week's COVID-19 Event And Business Updates



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Business owners, managers, event organizers, et al are encouraged to contact Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at shannon@thebee.com to be added to this list. Updates to current information are also invited.

Organizations, businesses, and general announcements are listed first, following by special events by date.


The 6th Annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party — a special event presented by the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, originally planned for June 6 and postponed to August 22 — has been canceled. CVHF Spokesperson Harmony Verna told The Newtown Bee on July 8 that the foundation has already confirmed June 5, 2021, for next year’s event.

The Labor Day Parade was formally canceled this week.

Bottle and can returns have resumed at Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market, although signs near the machine note that customers are not to use shopping carts to transport bottles and cans from their vehicles.

As of June 30, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles resumed new vehicle registrations services and road testing services for driver’s licenses at some locations, including Danbury. As of June 23, the Danbury office had also resumed learner’s permit knowledge testing. Many services are available online, and many deadlines have been extended. Visit portal.ct.gov/dmv/general/deadlines-extended for full details.


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

C.H. Booth Library remains closed. The town library continues to offer multiple virtual programs and curbside service is available; 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 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. Customers use their Care Cards to access the online program, select and pay for their items online, choose a pickup time, and Caraluzzi’s employees load everything into the customer’s vehicle. While there will be a $4.95 fee for curbside pickup in the future, the fee is currently being waived due to COVID-19, according to the store’s website. Visit caraluzzis.com/curbside-pickup for details.

The bottle return machines are available for use, but shopping carts are not to be used to transport bottles and cans, according to signs posted near the store’s entrances.

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

Edmond Town Hall is closed until further notice. Building staff continue to work on cleaning and special projects throughout the building, and administrative staff continues to work including answering calls (203-270-4285) and e-mails (manager@edmondtownhall.org).

ETH is now offering virtual and drive-in movies. See our calendar listings, in print and online, for screening times and other information. For additional information visit edmondtownhall.org.

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.

Those who wish to donate to the pantry must also call for an appointment.

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. Connect by phone (203-426-3141) or e-mail (start with editor@thebee.com for Editorial or sherri@thebee.com for Sales/Classified and all other content if you don’t already have a staff member’s address). All visitors must wear a face mask to enter the building.

When the weather cooperates, copies of the print edition are sold on a cart outside the front door, alleviating the need for person-to-person contact. Papers are $1 each, and an honor box is on the cart. If it’s raining and you’d like a copy of The Bee without entering the office, call the office and someone will walk one outside.

To subscribe to The Newtown Bee — subscriptions are as low as $38 for six months of weekly home delivery — visit newtownbee.com and click Subscribe (top of the page, in green). To subscribe to its sister paper Antiques And The Arts Weekly — $92 for one year, with print or e-editions delivered weekly — visit antiquesandthearts.com/subscribe.

Newtown Bridge Club is hosting virtual games at 10:15 am daily, at bridgebase.com. Master points are awarded. The club, which meets at Edmond Town Hall, will not meet until the building reopens.

Newtown Community Center, 8 Simpson Street, has reopened, operating on its summer schedule as of July 5. Health & Wellness classes will resume Monday, July 13; other offerings have already resumed, with many on modified schedules. Call 203-270-4349 or visit newtowncommunitycenter.org for details.

Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, reopened on July 1, with safety precautions in place: All visitors are asked to self-check for fever and COVID-19 symptoms before entering the building, and anyone with symptoms is asked to not visit at this time (anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed entry); all visitors must wear protective face coverings; visitor logs will be kept for each department; only one family member as a time should enter the building; and patrons are asked to use their own pens if possible.

Contact information for each department is available at the Town website (newtown-ct.gov).

Newtown Parent Connection has suspended in-person meetings of its support groups until further notice. Virtual meetings continue to be held: The Bereavement group meets Tuesdays at 7 pm; Milford/Fairfield Hope & Support virtual meetings are Wednesdays at 7 pm; and Newtown Hope & Support meets Thursdays at 7 pm.

Visit newtownparentconnection.org for sign-in information for each of the groups; the links and passwords will remain the same for the full series of group meetings. 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. All visitors must practice social distancing and should not visit if the park is full.

The water features of the park are not yet being turned on. There are no public restrooms, so visitors should plan accordingly. BYO hand sanitizer and have a parking permit; permits can be ordered through Parks & Rec at 203-270-4340. Ambassadors will be spot-checking the numbers of visitors and parking permits.

Newtown Parks & Recreation programs and activities began last week, including summer day camp. Programs for ages 4-13 are available, with limited spaces; COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are in place.

Organized sporting activities are postponed indefinitely. 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 through Parks & Rec to allow a limited number of residents to use each facility. There are reduced-cost pool and beach memberships this year due to the shortened season. Contact Parks & Rec at 203-270-4340 for more information.

Pole Bridge and Orchard Hill preserves remain open for hiking.

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.

Those who do go to the station will be directed to an internal phone in the lobby, from which they will be connected to an officer.

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 until further notice.

Fingerprinting has resumed on Wednesdays, by appointment only.

The department is also asking that the public hold off on visiting with gifts and/or treats until further notice.

Newtown Public Schools are closed. All classes have concluded for the 2019-20 academic year.

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

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.

Those who are not yet registered for the congregate meal program at Newtown Senior Center, which is required by CW Resources, can do so when they pick up their first meal.

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. All outpatient services have moved to an online platform; visit newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org for details.

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

Contact NYFS’s answering service at 203-791-7332. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, has reopened with modified hours and new safety measures in place. Members and visitors are required to wear masks when in the facility; social distancing must be maintained; guests are encouraged to practice frequent handwashing; anyone not feeling well is asked to stay home; members are expected to practice proper hygiene and wipe down equipment before and after use; and all staff, members, and visitors will receive a health screening questionnaire and have their temperatures taken via touchless thermometer before being allowed to enter the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter.

Those planning to join the center and members planning to visit for the first time since the temporary shutdown should visit nyasportsfitness.com/covid19 for the latest reopening information including schedules.

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

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, are open between 6 and 7:30 am for customers age 60 and older and anyone with a compromised immune system. The store is open to all customers from 7:30 am until 8 pm.

Online pickup has resumed. Visit peapod.com and select Delivery/Pickup Times at the Newtown address. Customers can then head to the store at their chosen pickup time, park in a designated pickup spot, then call to let the store team know they have arrived. Stop & Shop team members will deliver the order right to their car. There is a $2.95 fee for this service and a $30 order minimum.

The Bottle Redemption Room has reopened, with a time limit for those who want to begin redeeming bottles and cans again.

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. (The church building remains closed until further notice.)

Brian Pieck enjoys a view from his tractor, while pulling the judges in a trailer behind him, along Main Street during the 2019 Newtown Labor Day Parade. The annual event became another casualty of COVID-19 this week. The parade committee on Wednedsay announced the formal cancellation of this year's event in the interest of public safety. —Bee file photo
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