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A large crowd of candidates and residents gathered at Reverie Brewing Company on Church Hill Road, Monday evening, October 7, for The Newtown Bee Candidates’ Meet & Greet event.

Some attendees said they came to support friends or family members running as candidates for local boards, some said they wanted to learn more about local politics, and others said they wanted to get to know the candidates.

Following a brief welcome and introduction by Editor Nancy K. Crevier and Associate Editor John Voket, all were invited to mingle and get to know each other. Putting a face to a name was a wonderful part of the evening, according to several residents who attended the Meet & Greet.

Ms Crevier thanked the event’s sponsors for supporting the event, as all of the pizza served during the evening was provided by Pizza Palace, My Place Restaurant, Carminuccio’s Pizza, Red Rooster Pub, Franco’s Pizza, and Papa Al’s.

“We welcome the candidates and community members to this Meet and Greet tonight,” Ms Crevier said.

The craft beer products from Reverie Brewing Company were available for purchase and added to the casual atmosphere of the evening.

“When you have friends in town, bring them on by, it is a great place to party,” Mr Voket said of Reverie Brewing Company.

Mr Voket then named each of the candidates. Many were in attendance and raised their hands to applause from the gathered crowd.

As the evening continued, introductions were noted as people shook hands and exchanged greetings, the bar was frequently full of patrons, and a welcoming atmosphere greeted newcomers as they entered. At the busiest point, an estimated 120 people attended the event.

People begin to arrive and mingle at Reverie Brewing Company for the October 7 Newtown Bee Meet & Greet event.—Bee Photos, Hallabeck
Barbara O’Connor holds a glass at The Newtown Bee Candidates’ Meet & Greet. Ms O’Connor says she attended the event to get to know more candidates for local offices.
From left, Jim Walsh, Legislative Council District 3 Democratic candidate Carol Walsh, and Selectman Democratic candidate Maureen Crick Owen pause between discussions at the October 7 Meet & Greet event.
From left, Carey Schierloh, Planning & Zoning Commission Alternates candidate Republican Dennis Bloom, Board of Finance Republican candidate Matthew Mihalcik, Selectman Republican candidate Jeff Capeci, and Legislative Council District 2 Republican candidate Ryan Knapp stand together at Reverie Brewing Company on October 7.
Democratic candidate for the Board of Finance Steve Hinden and attendee Lea Embree converse at the October 7 Meet & Greet event.
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