Newtown's HamletHub Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:52:28 -0500 Hat Tricks vs Rumble Bees at Danbury Arena TONIGHT

Head to Danbury Arena TONIGHT to watch professional hockey! The Danbury Hat Tricks take on the Rumble Bees! The puck drops at 8pm!

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Take advantage of our pre-game drink deal at the Rabbit Hole! All domestic draft beers are just $3, plus get a burger, fries and large soda for just $10!

Don't forget to grab a bag of carrots to toss after the first goal! Closest to center ice wins a cash prize. Get a chuck-a-puck or 50/50 raffle ticket, too!
Please note: season ticket holders who have not yet received their seats should contact the ticket office immediately.
Danbury Arena is located at 1 Independence Way. Learn more
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Newtown Chamber Invites You To A Mardi Gras Celebration February 20

The French Quarter – A Mardi Gras Celebration on February 20, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Newtown Community Center

Shhhhsh! “What happens on Bourbon Street, stays on Bourbon Street!"

Learn more and purchase a ticket ($40) here.

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Illustrator Andrea Wisnewski’s talk at WCSU opens series featuring five artists

WCSU to present spring semester M.F.A. artist lecture program

Five artists whose critically acclaimed works span a wide spectrum from illustration, on-site painting and portraiture to concert art, sculpture and mixed-media installation will discuss their artistic philosophies and creative process during the Western Connecticut State University spring semester Master of Fine Arts lecture series continuing from Feb. 4 through April 20.

All lectures, sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art M.F.A. in Visual Arts program, will be in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited; advance registration is requested at

The series will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a lecture by Connecticut artist Andrea Wisnewski, whose works in illustration, paper cutting, printmaking and design have gained popularity with publishers and clients nationwide and abroad. Recipient of a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Wisnewski began her career as a staff illustrator for the Hartford Courant before embarking more than three decades ago on her own illustration business as founder and owner of Running Rabbit Press in Storrs. Her clients have included the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Paris Match, Simon and Schuster, Macy’s, Clarkson Potter, Cricket and Babybug. She has authored and illustrated children’s books for David R. Godine Publisher including “Trio: The Tale of a Three-Legged Cat” and “Little Old Farm Folk.”

Wisniewski’s illustrations draw inspiration from the natural world in whimsical portrayals of animals, birds, flowers and other subjects. She attributed the origins of her interest in papercuts to a lifelong “love affair with paper, so much so that as a first grader, I was reprimanded for hoarding a desk full of lined penmanship paper.” From sketches transferred in reverse to the back of clay-coated paper, her signature papercuts have taken form through her skillful use of an X-Acto blade and subsequent hand-painting with watercolor to finish the work. Her recent works have featured designs carved in linoleum to make plates for printing on a hand-built press, creating prints sold at art shows around New England and on her website.

Other artists featured in the M.F.A. spring semester lecture series include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m.: Ying Li, a native of Beijing, studied and taught landscape painting at Anhui Teachers University in China before immigrating in 1983 to the United States, where she earned an M.F.A. at the Parsons School of Design. She joined the Haverford College art faculty in 1997 and currently serves there as Phlyssa Koshland Professor in Fine Arts. Li’s wide-ranging travels have inspired a formidable body of work that has been shown in 45 solo and more than 80 group exhibitions over three decades across the United States and in Italy, Switzerland, France and Ireland. The Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia featured Li’s solo exhibition, “Ying Li: Peregrinations,” in fall 2019. Her recognitions have included the Henry Ward Ranger Fund Purchase Award and the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum and the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation Award, as well as numerous residencies, fellowships and grants from art and cultural institutions in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France and Canada. Li has taught widely at art schools and workshops across the country over the past 25 years. In an artist lecture opening a 2018 show at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa, she observed that her landscape works retain connection with the traditional Chinese artistic vision of the individual as “part of an enormous energy and space” while also embracing Western expressionism and abstraction to “paint something unpaintable — the atmosphere, the temperature, a breeze.” She remarked that a driving motivation behind her artistic work is to find new ways to paint what she sees and feels, embracing the “challenge to paint things differently than anyone else has done it.”
  • Monday, March 2, at 11 a.m.: Connecticut artist AJ Masthay, recipient of a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Hartford Art School, has gained renown through his prolific work over the past two decades at his letterpress studio in Hartford as one of the leading figures in contemporary concert art. Working from original charcoal and pastel drawings to create hand-carved linoleum blocks, Masthay prints separate colors of the final prints in succession using a reduction technique that requires destruction of each layer of the block to create the next color printing matrix, achieving “a visual quality which sets my work apart,” he said. “What many would consider as posters, I’ve always treated as fine art, bringing materials and techniques traditionally reserved for a gallery setting into the concert arena.” His extensive client list includes the Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Dead and Company, Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee and other bands as well as the “South Park” TV show. Inspired by his passion for music and interest in sign painting graphic techniques from the early 1900s through the 1960s, he said his work is “influenced by nature, developed through a deep love of life drawing and the figure. My intention is to engage the viewer by creating a narrative in the subject matter and through the use of dynamic compositions.”
  • Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m.: Jenny Lynn McNutt, an M.F.A. graduate of the Yale School of Art, has established an international reputation since the 1990s as a multi-faceted artist who brings together a diversity of skills in the creation of her painting, sculpture and performance works. Residing in Brooklyn, she has shown her works in 20 solo and more than 50 group exhibitions across the United States and Europe as well as in Tunisia, the Ivory Coast and China. In her artist statement, McNutt explained that her paintings and sculptures reflect her dual role as “both animal and symbol maker,” representing “both a reckoning with my own body and the urge toward language ever in flux.” Her richly varied experiences ranging from close contact with nature and storytelling tradition during her youth in the American South to extensive observation of the indigenous dance, song and spirituality of West African communal life have informed and energized her work. In multimedia performances such as “Group Cuerpo” in Tunisia and New Mexico and “Sewing Songs” in Rome and New York, “music, dance, video projection and lyrics have enabled me to bring my paintings to ‘life,’” she said. Her recognitions include a Fulbright Fellowship, a Mercedes Matter/Ambassador Middendorf Award from the New York Studio School, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize for Sculpture, and numerous grants including William Hillman Foundation for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts sponsorships for her multimedia show “Precise Breathing.” She is a faculty member at the New York Studio School and the Pratt Institute; her many residencies include Toaxichuan International Arts Studio in China in 2018-19.
  • Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m.: Massachusetts artist Josephine Halvorson, recipient of an M.F.A. from the Columbia University School of the Arts, has earned acclaim for her “plein air” works created on site through direct and continuous observation of her subject in its environment. “Transcribing her perceptions in real time, Halvorson connects with the world around her through the medium of paint,” her biographical notes observed. “Her work describes the appearance of a subject at hand, while also expressing that which is invisible yet nonetheless felt.” Her paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings have been featured at 15 solo and more than 60 group exhibitions in the United States as well as in France, Italy, South Korea and Mexico. During 2019, her “Intermittent Rivers” works created in Matanzas, Cuba, were shown at the Havana Biennial, and she participated in the Foster Prize exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Solo exhibitions this year will be shown at the Sikkema Jenkins and Co. gallery in New York from Jan. 23 through Feb. 29, and at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been the subject of Art21 “New York Close Up” features about emerging artists on PBS. Her numerous honors include the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Painting, as well as Fulbright and Rome Prize fellowships for European study. She has taught at Yale and Princeton universities and is a professor and chair of graduate studies in painting at Boston University.

For more information, contact the WCSU Department of Art at (203) 837-8403.

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Annual Chamber Breakfast Hosted by Maplewood at Newtown on Jan. 28

Annual Newtown Chamber Breakfast Hosted by Maplewood at Newtown on Jan. 28 from 8 to 10am. 

Registration........................................................................................ 7:50 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking...............................................8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 
Meeting Commences..........................................................................9:00 a.m.

Member Cost: $25

Non-Member Cost: $35

Limited Seating, So Get Your Tickets Soon!

Link to Purchase Tickets on the Chamber Website

Maplewood at Newtown is located at 166 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown.


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Broadway’s Jessica Vosk Joins Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series Feb. 25

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that Jessica Vosk will join ACT's Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on February 25, 2020 for the Broadway Unplugged Series 

Jessica Vosk played Elphaba in WICKED on Broadway for two years, and recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT. Other Broadway credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FINDING NEVERLAND, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jessica starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s WEST SIDE STORY. This season, she will star in the 50th anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lincoln Center. 

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Perri, who is currently working as Music Director and Conductor on the critically acclaimed Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt and Diane Paulus. Perri recently finished a ten-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED, and as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with renowned Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “Jessica is one of the most gifted performers that I know. I’ve been hoping to get her to ACT for a Broadway Unplugged for quite some time, and I am thrilled that it is happening! Audiences are going to fall in love with her!”

Tickets for the February 25, 2020 show may be purchased here. For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit

]]> (Amanda Duff) Events Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:45:00 -0500
Registration OPEN for 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health to Benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services

The Newtown Knights of Columbus is once again hosting a 5K and has chosen Newtown Youth & Family Services to be a beneficiary along with FAITH Food Pantry.
The 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health will be on May 16th on the Fairfield Hills Campus. Register HERE.
This event was created three years ago with the desire to raise awareness and support for F.A.I.T.H Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to local residents. But feeding the body AND a healthy mind and soul are all prerequisite to a healthy community which is one of the many reasons the Newtown Knights of Columbus have chosen NYFS as an additional partner.
Main Event
The Early Bird Rate is $25 + 3 canned goods. Expires on February 14th.
The Regular Rate is $30 + 3 canned goods.
Kid's Event
$5+ 3 canned goods.
For more info on the 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health including a course map, visit:
Who & What is FAITH Food Pantry?
F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry of Newtown, Inc. (Food Assistance Immediate, Temporary, Help),  has relied on the kindness and support of Newtown residents and businesses for more than three decades to help provide one week of groceries to Newtown resident in need, once a month. This organization is completely run by volunteers.
For more info visit:
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Services planned for 17 year old Immaculate High School student, Liam Declan Devine

Liam Declan Devine, age seventeen, died tragically in a car accident on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Liam is survived by his loving parents, Elizabeth Weinshel of Danbury and Timothy Devine of Naugatuck; brother Eamon Devine of Whittier, CA and sister Angela Devine of Danbury, step-father David Weinshel of Danbury and Liam’s loyal dog Caesar. Liam is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and his Nana, Thirza Conway of St. Augustine, FL and Grandma, Ellen Devine of Little River, SC. He is also survived by his godparents, Patricia Neeves of St. Augustine, FL and Matthew Watkins of Danbury.

Liam was born on July 11, 2002 in Danbury, CT. Liam initially resided and attended school in Oxford, CT. He had been recognized as gifted and talented by the State of Connecticut by the age of 11. Most recently, Liam was an honor student in his senior year at Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT. Over the years at IHS, he participated in many clubs and volunteer work. Liam especially enjoyed graphic design and forensic classes. Liam received many merit awards for his academic performance to the delight of his family.

Liam was an avid sports fan, and passionately followed the New England Patriots, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Raptors. He loved to play basketball, both with friends and at home where he could be found practicing his dribbling and shooting, often playing with his mother or sister. At the time of his death, he had already been accepted into college, planning a career in sports journalism and analytics.

Liam was an incredibly bright, creative and funny young man. He enjoyed playing video games (particularly immersive sports games) with his friends or against “the bots”, as Liam would call them. He possessed a wonderful talent for music (guitar, singing, harmonica, drums) and participated in Immaculate’s guitar ensemble. He had an inspired and humorous writing style. Liam’s unique sense of humor touched everyone he met. He was a best friend-big brother to Angela, willingly driving her to and from school and other activities whenever needed. Liam was a kind, generous and courteous human being with a heart of gold.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at St. Gregory the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Rd., Danbury. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liam’s memory, to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810

]]> (Green Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:18:19 -0500
Danbury Hat Tricks News: Weekend Game, Win a Trip to Jamaica!

Prepare for the swarm!
The Danbury Hat Tricks are hosting the Battle Creek Rumble Bees this weekend at Danbury Arena! Don't miss another unforgettable moment,
get your seats today!
Purchase tickets here.

Win a trip to Jamaica
On Saturday, February 1, you could win a trip for four to Jamaica at the Danbury Hat Tricks game! Wear green, yellow and black to be entered to win an expenses-paid vacation for three nights!

Also in Danbury Arena news...
Auto Worker Appreciation Night 1/31
The Hat Tricks are offering a complimentary ticket and pre-game beverage to all dealers, mechanics and auto workers who pre-register. Sign up today and join us this Friday!
Use group name "SHANNON" at checkout online when purchasing tickets to this Friday's Hat Tricks game to help Connecticut Whale captain Shannon Doyle as she represents Team Canada at the World Ball Hockey Championships!
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:18:25 -0500
Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions

First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to volunteer to fill vacancies and openings on the following boards and commissions:

*UPDATED with Conservation and Pension vacancies/openings:

The Library Board of Trustees has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter. 

The Design Advisory Board has an alternate opening available to any registered voter. 

The Economic Development Commission has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 10

The Conservation Commission has a vacancy available to a Republican or an unaffiliated voter and an opening available to any registered voter.  Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 10

The Employee Medical Benefits Board has an open alternate position available to any registered voter.  Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 10

The Parks & Recreation Commission has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter. Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 10

The Board of Ethics has an alternate vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 10

The Pension Board has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Candidate recommendations are due by Feb. 18.

Any interested party can send a letter of interest and a resume to

]]> (Town of Newtown) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:14:17 -0500
First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan hosts important Community Conversation with Sandy Hook Promise

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:30am First Presbyterian Church will host a don’t-miss discussion – appropriate for children, youth and adults - about identifying the early warning signs and at-risk behaviors that, without intervention, could lead to violence.

Mary Wellander, an ambassador for Sandy Hook Promise will discuss how schools and youth organizations offer unparalleled opportunities to create inclusive supportive cultures that can improve mental health and well-being, school safety, and ultimately save lives. Participants will discuss social isolation, cyberbullying, and intervention; when it’s time “to say something” and when and how to use “anonymous reporting systems”.

The entire community is invited to participate in this timely discussion designed for children, youth and adults alike. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut with remote staff across the U.S., SHP’s mission is to create a culture engaged in preventing shootings, violence, and other harmful acts in schools.

First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan is located at 178 Oenoke Ridge Road. Please call the church office at (203) 966-0002 or visited for more information or to register for any of the church programs.

]]> (First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan) Charities Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:20:54 -0500
Newtown Police Warn of Hazardous Travel Conditions

Please be aware the Newtown Police Department and other emergency town agencies are responding to several reported accidents due to slippery road conditions, please do not venture out unless absolutely necessary.

This includes I-84 which also has very hazardous conditions at this time.

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Newtown Parks & Rec: Aikido, Salsa, Gardening & More!

Newtown Parks & Rec Upcoming Programs

Classes starting soon: Register through Newtown Parks and Recreation

Activity#: 213101                    Fee: $25
Aikido is a non-combative martial art that offers lessons and tools that are useful for people of all ages. The form and power of Aikido comes from blending with and redirecting the energy of an attack, thus using the attackers force to throw him/her with minimal effort. We learn to utilize non-resistance and explore timing, use of space and distance, balance, and centering. By training in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere students will learn and experience: useful physical skills such as rolling and falling safely, body awareness and self-defense skills, enhanced coordination of mind and body, increased self-confidence and self-discipline while having fun along the way. This is a mixed age class of children and adults. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays. For more information please call (203) 232-4613.   
     Monday Night Hours: 7pm - 8:30pm              Saturday Hours: 9:15am - 10:45am
Mondays, Saturdays, February 3 to February 29
(Session B)              7:00-8:30 pm          Ages: 8+
Mondays, Saturdays, March 2 to March 30
(Session C)              7:00-8:30 pm          Ages: 8+
Location: Teen Center,
                53 A Church Hill Road
Instructor:               Karen Nagy
Salsa Intermediate                         
Activity#: 204203                   Fee: $60
This class will take your Salsa dancing up to the next level! We will cover more advanced turn patterns with a continued emphasis placed on a lead and follow. A minimum of 1 year Salsa dancing/experience is required to attend the class. Couples or Singles welcome!
Mondays, February 3 to February 24
(Session A)              7:00-8:00 pm          Ages: 18+
Mondays, March 2 to March 23
(Session B)              7:00-8:00 pm          Ages: 18+
Location:                 Vitti’s Dance Studio,
                                10 Precision Road - Danbury
Instructor:               Deborah Linley
Salsa Beginner
Activity#: 204200   Fee: $60
Salsa is a fun and exciting Latin dance which anyone can learn! Dance away stress, have fun, and meet new people as we get you dancing in no time! In this beginner class, we will cover partner work and basic Salsa patterns with emphasis placed on lead and follow. All new dance steps taught will be repeated and reinforced allowing you to hit the dance floor with comfort and ease. New combinations taught each month. Attend either session or both! No partner necessary.
Mondays, February 3 to February 24
(Session A)              7:00-8:00 pm          Ages: 18+
Mondays, March 2 to March 23
(Session B)              7:00-8:00 pm          Ages: 18+
Location:                 Vitti’s Dance Studio,
                                10 Precision Road - Danbury
Instructor:               Deborah Linley
Organize Your Kitchen Like a Pro
Activity#: 217202                        Fee: $35
Are your kitchen counters piled with papers! Do all of the drawers resemble the junk drawer? Is your pantry out of control? Professional organizer, Sue Duval of the Organized Hive will teach you the secrets of an organized kitchen. Learn solutions to conquer common kitchen clutter, understand the importance of ‘zones and homes,’ hear about simpler shopping strategies, PLUS get a peek at the best organizing products the pros use to make the most of your spaces. You’ll gain the motivation and know-how to streamline your space and restore order to the heart of your home.
Wednesdays, February 26
(Session A)              6:30-8:30 pm          Ages: 18+
Location:                 Newtown Middle School,
                                11 Queen Street
Instructor:               Sue Duval, The Organized Hive
Gardening Indoors for Happy Houseplants
Activity#: 217106                   Fee: $39
It’s winter and gardening outside won’t happen for a while. Why not do some indoor gardening? Many gardeners have great green thumbs when it comes to outdoor plants, but then have a difficult time with indoor plants. Do you struggle keeping your indoor plants healthy? Already a houseplant enthusiast? Expand your knowledge and know how. We will cover all sorts of houseplant situations and offer advice on how to keep your houseplants happy, what plants to choose (and what to avoid), where to place them, and how to maintain and overwinter indoor potted plants (and when and what to put outside in warmer weather). From common varieties of houseplants to orchids, African violets, and more, we’ll tackle the different challenges of indoor gardening and learn how to make your houseplants work for you! Snow Date: Mon Feb 3, 2020
Monday, January 27
(Session A)              6:30-8:30 pm          Ages: 18+               
Location:                 Newtown High,
                                12 Berkshire Road
Instructor:             Nicole Christensen 
Flag Football
Activity#: 209606 Fee: $159             
It’s fast paced, fun and total football action! Come and be a part of our Flag Football League! Participants will learn about football by playing games. No experience necessary! Each participant should bring a water bottle and plenty of enthusiasm. You’re going to love it! Drop your children off and go enjoy dinner while they work hard and love flag football!
Fridays, February 21 to March 27
(Session B)            6:30-8:45 pm        Ages: 6-14
Location:               Newtown Youth Academy,
                                4 Primrose Street
Instructor:            Jeffrey Tolson
Beginner Violin Groups
Activity#: 204503                   Fee: $115
This introductory violin group provides a fun and interactive learning environment for young beginner. Classes will cover: correct posture, violin and bow holding technique, identifying musical notations, basic bowing, basic fingering, basic rhythm, and music history. An instrument is not required for the first day of class. Requirements: (1) must bring your own instrument, (2) Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Folder, Stand
Wednesdays, February 5 to March 4
Homeschool Group:
(Session A)              12:30-1:00 pm        Ages: 8-19
Location:                 Community Center - Art Studio
                                8 Simpson Street
After School Group:
(Session B)              5:30-6:00 pm          Ages: 8-19
Location:                 Senior Center Multipurpose Rm
                                8 Simpson Street
Intro to Piano
Activity#: 204501                   Fee: $115
This introductory piano program provides a fun and interactive learning environment for young beginners. Classes will cover: correct posture, identifying musical notations, basic fingering, basic rhythm, and music history.
Required: Pencil and paper - instruments will be provided.
Wednesdays, February 5 to March 4
Homeschool Group:
(Session A)              11:30 am-12:00 pm    Ages: 4-8
(Session B)              12:00-12:30 pm             Ages: 8-19
Location:                 Community Center - Art Studio
                                8 Simpson Street
After School Group:
(Session C)              4:00-4:30 pm              Ages: 4-8
(Session D)             5:00-5:30 pm              Ages: 8-19
Location:                 Senior Center - Multipurpose Rm
                                8 Simpson Street
Intro to Cello Group
Activity#: 204506                               Fee: $115
This introductory Cello program provides a fun and interactive learning environment for young beginners. Classes will cover correct posture, identifying musical notations, basic fingering, basic rhythm and music history. Pencil & eraser are required; must bring your own instrument   
(Instrument not required for the first class).
Wednesdays, February 5 to March 4
Homeschool Group:
(Session A)            1:00-1:30 pm        Ages: 8-14
Location:               Community Center - Art Studio
                                8 Simpson Street
After School Group:
(Session B)            6:00-6:30 pm        Ages: 8+
Location:               Senior Center - Multipurpose Rm
                                8 Simpson Street
Intro to Music Group
Activity#: 204502                               Fee: $115
Do you have a favorite song on the radio you want to learn? Do you have siblings or friends who play an instrument and want to get in on the fun? You might even want to write your own music! At its simplest, music is a language. Notes are letter, measures are words, and phrases are sentences - all of which are represented by symbols you will see on pages of sheet music. These symbols represent the speed, the rhythm, and pitch of the music itself. They also help to indicate how the music should be played and the techniques a musician should employ to play the place. This essential course for music beginners will cover: music notation, musical vocabulary, clefs, rhythm, and key signatures. All are required to bring a: pencil, eraser, paper, and a folder.
Wednesdays, February 5 to March 4
Homeschool Group:
(Session A)           11:00-11:30 am    Ages: 8-14
Location:               Community Center - Art Studio
                                8 Simpson Street
After School Group:
(Session B)            4:30-5:00 pm        Ages: 8-19
Location:               Senior Center Multipurpose Rm
                                8 Simpson Street
Karate Little Dragons             
Activity#: 213502                Fee: $75
Karate Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art based on ancient principles that builds: confidence, respect, and honor. It also develops the mind, body, and spirit. We are building warriors for todays world. Uniform can be purchased at Porcos Karate Academy.
Saturdays, March 7 to March 28
(Session C)            9:15-9:45 am         Ages: 4-6
Youth Karate
Activity#: 213603               Fee: $75
Karate Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art based on ancient principles that builds confidence, respect, and honor. It also develops the mind, body, and spirit. We are building warriors for today’s world. Uniform can be purchased at Porco’s Karate Academy.
Saturdays, February 8 to February 29
(Session B)            10:00-10:45 am    Ages: 7-12
Adult Karate
Activity#: 213202                                Fee: $75
Karate Tang Soo Do is a non-contact ancient martial art based on the ancient oriental method to help coordination, control, and balance. Emphasis in life values of: respect, honor, discipline, and loyalty. Course includes practical hands on self-defense as well. As you participate, you will build self-esteem and confidence. Uniform can be purchased at Porco’s Karate Academy.
Mondays, February 3 to February 24
(Session B)            8:00-8:45 pm        Ages: 13+
Self Defense & Anti Bullying
Activity#: 213201                               Fee: $60
This class is perfect for boys, girls, men, and women and is very useful for high school/college students. We focus on self-defense, anti-bullying, and self-confidence development. Course includes practical self-defense using simple methods to ward off an attacker.
Female Self Defense:
Mondays, February 3 to February 17
(Session B)            7:00-7:45 pm        Ages: 13+
Mondays, March 4 to March 18
(Session C)            7:00-7:45 pm        Ages: 13+
All Karate Classes Location:             Porco’s Karate Academy,   113 Church Hill Road
All Karate Classes are Taught By:   Porco’s Karate Academy

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Newtown Police Investigate Vehicle Thefts, Suspect Part of Organized Gang

The Newtown Police is investigating the report of a stolen car from the driveway of a residence on Indian Hill Rd. The vehicle is to believe to have been taken at about 2:30am his morning. The vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside. The stolen vehicle is a 2017 silver Honda CR-V.

During the course of the past few weeks, Newtown Police Department has investigated several vehicle break ins during the day. We are happy to report that the suspects have been identified and arrested in New Jersey. The suspects are part of an organized gang that targets the entire east coast of the US, moving state to state in a rental car.

In every stolen vehicle from Newtown and the surrounding towns, the stolen vehicles, all had the keys in the vehicle. Please remember to lock it, take your valuables, take your keys.

Just this week Newtown Police arrested Kevin Santos, age 22, on an outstanding arrest warrant. Santos was charged with Larceny in the 2nd after his DNA was found in a recovered stolen car from Newtown. The car was stolen from a residence on Walnut Tree Hill Rd. back in October of 2018.

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Danbury Hat Tricks Winning Streak Hits Eight! Don't Miss Weekend Showdown!

The Danbury Hat Tricks have won eight straight home games!

A big slate of home games coming up this weekend! Come see the Hat Tricks take on the Elmira Enforcers this Friday, January 17 on New Haven Night and Saturday, January 18 on Danbury Chamber of Commerce Night! Plus, Danbury Arena's adult hockey players get a complimentary ticket and pre-game beverage before Saturday's game! 
Purchase tickets HERE.
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Immaculate High School Appoints Wendy Neil as Principal

Immaculate High School is pleased to announce that Bishop Frank Caggiano has appointed Wendy Neil of Redding as Principal. Ms. Neil has served as Interim Principal since July 2019 and before that she was a teacher and program leader at Immaculate High School.

Ms. Neil began teaching AP US Government, International Relations and Social Studies at Immaculate in 2013. She also continues to lead the school’s Model UN and Mock Trial teams, is the IHS Social Studies Department Chair, is a member of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Innovative Teacher Committee, and has served as a lead member on an Immaculate High School self-observation committee that helped Immaculate receive New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation in 2019.  A talented and committed educator and administrator, Mrs. Neil is dedicated to providing students an excellent Catholic faith based and college preparatory educational experience.

“I am very honored to be named Immaculate High School’s Principal; I am happy to serve our school and faith, and I look forward to continue working with Immaculate’s excellent faculty and staff, wonderful parents and especially our amazing students,” said Ms. Neil. “Immaculate High School is a unique place that emphasizes faith-based values and compassion as well as a modern college-preparatory education, and I am excited to be part of the team that nurtures our students and prepares them for the future,” she added. 

Ms. Neil began her teaching career in 1994 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Magna Cum Laude, from Springfield College. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She brings a perspective as a parent, teacher and administrator to Immaculate High School -- Ms. Neil is the parent of two alumni, J. Bailey Bellone ‘17 and Colby Bellone ‘19, and current sophomores Allie Bellone and Chloe Bellone. 

“As a well-respected visionary leader, Ms. Neil has established networks of collaboration that support our school’s compelling mission, academic excellence and operational vitality. Her effective school leadership and commitment to our students, teachers and parents is immeasurable. The school community is very blessed to have Ms. Neil serve as our new school Principal,” said Mary R. Maloney, President of Immaculate High School. 

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top ten of all Catholic high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to choice colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. 

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. 

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