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Newtown's Edmond Hall - By Jerry Dougherty
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Great Pootatuck Duck Race Announced
The Newtown Lions Club Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on Saturday, September 4th. Those interested can sponsor a duck in the race for $5 at the following locations: Bagel Delight, Cork-n Barrel Liquor Store, Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Dodgingtown Craft & Spirits, Fun Kuts, Nick's Chilled & Distilled Liquor Store PJ's Laundromat, Queen Street Cleaners, Sandy Hook Diner, Toy Tree, WHIP Salon, Yankee Wine and Spirits
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Police Investigating Racist And Anti-Semitic Graffiti
Newtown Police were recently called to Hawleyville Road for the report of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti painted on what appeared to be an abandoned truck and boat. The graffiti is believed to have occurred during the overnight hours on 6-24-2021and was reported to the Police Department by several passing motorists. Upon documenting the graffiti for investigative purposes the Police Department contacted the Highway Department and it was immediately painted over and covered.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Patrolman Haas Retires
After 32 years as a patrol officer with the Newtown Police Department, Patrolman Haas will be retiring. He started his law enforcement career as an officer with the New Fairfield Police in 1979, and became an Auxiliary Patrol Officer for Newtown in 1983. He was hired on as a full time officer in January of 1989 and has been serving the community ever since.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Safety Town
The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps recently was invited to send a crew over to Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. for their annual Safety Town, a safety education program for kindergartners.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Fall EMT Class Sign Up
The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Fall 2021 EMT Class Registration is now open. The class runs from September 7th, until December 12, 2021. It will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights 6pm -10pm and one Saturday a month. As of June 2021 the class will be taught live, in person. The tuition for the course is $880. A $350 down payment is required for enrollment. Visit https://www.newtown-ambulance.org/steps-to-enroll.html to learn more or to sign up.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Book Sale
Friends of the C.H.Booth Library hold their Book Sale on July 9th through July 13th at the Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane in Newtown. The Friday, July 9th preview takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. with a $40 admission. Hours Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with admission at $5. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free admission. Visit www.boothbooksale.org for more details.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2021

Governor Increases Covid Fines From $500 to $10,000 For Businesses
On Tuesday, November 24th, Governor Lamont issued a new executive order increasing fines on CT businesses that do not comply with his orders regarding doing business during the Covid declared health emergency and civil preparedness emergency. The fines are increased, as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, from $500 to $10,000. Local authorities, including the Health Department and Police Department are authorized to issue these fines, as are state health authorities. These fines can only be appealed through the Health Department.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 28 / 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Read more... - Published on 11 / 28 / 2020

Local Election Results
Readers should please note that these are initial, uncertified results from local registrars as of press time. We will publish the final results when the Secretary of State certifies them, along with local Registrar race results. We chose to run all local race results side by side so communities with the same candidates can see the vote differences by community.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

New Eversource Rate Increase Approved
On Thursday, November 5th Eversource requested, and on Friday, November 6th the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved a 14% rate hike in electric prices effective January 1st, 2021.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

Covid Update - Case Increase Accelerates
The mid-Fairfield County communities of Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield continue to see increases in reported Covid cases. Every one of the 7 communities except Brookfield saw an increase in new reported cases in October versus September, signaling an uptick in new case growth.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Message From First Selectman Rosenthal
Last evening I was invited to attend a Virtual Town Hall discussion with Congresswoman Hayes and Newtown residents. Minutes into the meeting the conversation was "Zoom bombed" by a person(s) who voiced and posted racial epithets directed at the Congresswoman. The responsible party was promptly removed and amazingly the Congresswoman carried on as though nothing had happened. This act of overt racism left me feeling uncomfortable and angry.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Signs Of The Times
Throughout the region, the political anger on social media has spilled into the community, most noticeably with removal of political signs in unprecedented numbers
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Zoning Regionalization Proposed
Proposed Statewide Zoning Changes Would Mean Loss of Local Control
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Things To Do
Halloween On Main has been canceled this year due to concerns about Covid 19, but there are still lots of things to do this Halloween.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Election 2020
We asked candidates for State Senate and State Representative to comment on the Governor's extension of the Emergency Declaration through February 9, 2021


Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
Candidates Discuss TS Isaias Response, Outage Prevention and Utility Rates

We asked candidates for state office to provide their thoughts on the issues of storm preparation, response and utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Energy Hearing Testimony
A select number of public officials were invited to address an informal hearing about recent utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

State Representative Calls For Reduced Storm Benefits
Proposal Would Exclude Families And Lower Benefits
Cost Would Be Moved To Ratepayers From Utility Companies

Newtown's freshmen Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan has called for the legislature to pass a bill introduced but not passed in 2012 that would result in smaller benefits to fewer Connecticut families and would move the burden of paying for damages from the utility companies instead to utility customers.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Education In Confusion

Many School Re-Opening Plans Do Not Match Guidelines

Rolling 7 Day Assessments Make Planning Almost Impossible

If you are a parent weighing your options for the Connecticut school re-opening, you would not be alone in being confused by conflicting statements from state and local officials about the safety and requirements for the fall semester.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Police Appreciation Day
We understand that Victor's police appreciation day was amazing, and that Victor ice cream gift was deeply appreciated.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Library Storytime
Thursdays mean Mother Goose at Home with Miss Lana
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Volunteers Needed
First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to volunteer to fill a vacancies and openings on the following boards and commissions:
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Local Covid Update
With the phased re-opening of businesses and services in CT well underway, we took a snapshot of how communities in northern Fairfield County are faring in fighting Covid. We accessed the Connecticut state data for each community and then, in order to compare how each community is doing, we normalized the data by 1,000 residents. This allows comparison of community rates in as fair and even a way as possible.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

A message from the Newtown Chief of Police
I'm sure everyone has seen the disturbing video from Minneapolis in which a handcuffed man lost his life while in custody. I can assure you as sworn law enforcement officers who have taken an oath to protect and serve the communities who have entrusted us with such an awesome responsibility we are all sickened by what has transpired.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Black Lives Matter Rally At Newtown Flag Pole
On June 7th, a Black Lives Matter rally was held at the flag pole on Main Street.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Governor Releases New Executive Orders

Criminalizes gathering violations, Re-opens Phase 2 businesses, Extends ban on Off-track betting, Extends remote notarization authorization

The text of executive order 7ZZ issued on June 16, 2020 includes:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Seeds of Survival – Composting
Ah, composting! You can compost practically anything organic. However, for garden purposes we usually compost kitchen waste (but not meat), leaves, grass clippings, and most commonly horse, cow and chicken manure. (I’m sure llama and alpaca manure would be just fine also.)
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Adopt-A-Rescue – Meet Ren
Ren is a 2 year old mixed terrier. He's good with dogs, kids and new people. He is house trained and has lots of energy to brighten up any home.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Real Estate News – Featured Listing
31 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Phase 2 Business Re-Opening Set
Governor Lamont has set June 17th as the date that businesses classified as phase 2 entities may re-open after undergoing a self-certification process and arranging to follow a set of operational guidelines.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Absentee Voting Now Allowed
Governor Lamont recently issued executive order 7QQ that permits absentee voting in Connecticut for the August Primary and the November general election, provided that a CDC approved vaccine is not then available. Here is the text of the executive order.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Gatherings Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7TT that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Alcohol Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7WW that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Seeds of Survival — Mulching Your Garden
Hello again! Mulching means less maintenance. Basically mulch, a soil covering, retards weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and encourages Nature’s aerator, earth worms. It saves you time and effort weeding and watering, as well as making it easier to mow around trees.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Some Businesses Expected To Reopen on May 20th


★ LATE UPDATE ★

On Monday, May 18th, two days before the May 20th re-opening date set by the Governor 2 weeks prior, Governor Lamont changed the opening date to June 1st for barbers and hair salons. The governor tweeted his decision at 1:19 p.m. "We've been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made."

Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Governor May Allow Some Businesses To Open
On Thursday, May 1st, Governor Lamont said he was hoping to allow a certain businesses to reopen on May 20th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Connecticut Only New England State To Ban Municipal Budget Town Meetings And Replace Them With Board Decrees
The Community Gazette surveyed all six New England States to determine how each state is addressing the public safety issues from the historic Town Meeting process of setting and approving municipal budgets.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Hundreds Petition For Right To Vote
On Friday, May 1st Governor Lamont issued a new executive order, 7HH, that forbids any municipality in Connecticut from allowing a Town Meeting or Referendum on the municipality's town budget for 2021, although other meetings and referendums will still be allowed. This is said to address previous executive orders that appeared to conflict with each other on the topic of budget meetings and referendum votes.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Emergency Orders Recap To Date
Governor Ned Lamont has issued 34 executive orders since issuing his emergency declaration about the Covid crisis on March 10th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Local Civil Rights Violations To Be Investigated
Last week U.S. Attorney General Barr issued a directive to state U.S. Attorneys to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of individual civil rights, including obstruction of voting rights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Lions Club Raffle
The Newtown Lions are hoping you can help them support the hundred charities that they give over $100,000 to year after year by purchasing a chance to win this beautiful 1966 Mustang. Many readers have seen them over the years at flea markets, local fairs and car shows, but this year many of the events they show up at have been canceled. You help them reach their goal by visiting and purchasing a raffle ticket.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Open & Here For You
Newtown Restaurants Are Open And Offering A Range Of Services
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

How You Can Help
Staying home as much as possible and keeping a safe distance when out and about are two of the most powerful things all of us need to do to help reduce infections, reduce the number of cases our health care professionals have to deal with and protect our loved ones. But there are other things that you can do, too, to help in a more proactive way.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

Newtown Rises To The Coronavirus Challenge
Pleasant Dental Donation

Pleasant Dental donated gloves and masks to health care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. "We thank the tireless healthcare providers who put themselves on the line every day," they said in a release. "We hope this excess supply of gloves and masks can be put to good use."
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

Newtown Rises To The Coronavirus Challenge
Fighting Hunger At Home

Butchers Best has been providing free food to the community. Check out their Facebook page online at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Butchers-Best-Country-Market-304996196282373/posts to see when they are out front. They have been helping up to 60 families or more each time they have done this.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

Newtown Rises To The Coronavirus Challenge
Toy Tree Saves The Day

A Newtown resident recently shared this: "Wanted to give a HUGE shout out to The Toy Tree for helping put a big smile on my daughter's face for her 9th Birthday today!! I called late yesterday afternoon and Tracy, the owner, walked through the store while I was on the phone and offered wonderful gift suggestions. I paid over the phone, and Tracy had the gifts wrapped and outside by the curb with in an hour! Thank you Tracy and The Toy Tree!"
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

Governor Lamont Issued New Executive Order 7J On Sunday, March 22nd
The governors order includes a change in the previous order regarding non-essential businesses, allowing them to fulfill orders by email or phone.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

The Connecticut Department of Economic Development released the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the Stay Home stay Safe period.
The following business categories are defined as essential:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Significant New Restrictions And Waivers Enacted
Governor suspends town meetings, referendums and adds 20 additional changes to state and municipal regulation changes in 10th executive order since March 10th
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order
Stay Safe, Stay At Home

Governor Ned Lamont held a news conference on Friday, March 20th at which he reviewed his latest executive order, which he called Stay Safe, Stay At Home. In the order, he requires all non-essential businesses to close their offices on or before Monday, March 23rd at 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 20 / 2020

Hawleyville and 4 other Fire Departments Respond
Approximately 8 vehicles and 35 volunteer fire fighters responded from five stations, including Hawleyville, to a home fire on Brookwood Drive in Dodgingtown on Thursday, January 9th at about 7:45 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 10 / 2020

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