Newtown's HamletHub Sat, 18 Aug 2018 03:15:14 -0400 Carol Johnson of Fairfield County Bank Speaks to Riverbrook YMCA Camp

Carol Johnson, Vice President and Branch Manager of Fairfield County Bank, spoke to the children of the Riverbrook YMCA days before the “Race for Chase” triathlon. Mrs. Johnson educated the triathlon trainees on how banks work and the history of money.

Carol explained to the children how depositing money in the bank can keep their money safe and grow their savings. Through an interactive demonstration, she educated the children on the history of money and some fun facts that came along in the creation of certain coins and bills. “It is an honor to come back each year and work with these amazing children. It is very important for everyone to know how banks protect and grow their money,” said Carol Johnson.

The Race for Chase Kid’s Triathlon program was created in honor of Chase Kowalski, whose life was taken at Sandy Hook. By age 6, Chase entered his first triathlon and won his age group race. To keep Chase’s love for sports and competitive spirit alive, the Kowalski family created the Race for Chase charity. The program allows children ages 6 to 14 years old to participate and race in a triathlon. Qualified instructors train the kids in an exciting six-week program that allows them to run, bike, and swim. The program is state wide with 14 YMCA’s and over 450 children participating.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County.  Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior customer relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities.  Visit to find out more about the Bank.

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:28:33 -0400
Sarah Houle of Sandy Hook is Runner Up at the 53rd Women’s Amateur

Congratulations to Sarah Houle of Sandy Hook was runner up at Hartford Golf Club at the 53rd Connecticut Women’s Amateur Championship

Sarah Houle finished strong in yesterday's Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship, only eight shots under winner Kyra Cox of Ridgefield. This was Cox's fourth consecutive tournament victory, her last before a college career at Furman University.

The Ridgefield star shot 71 (-1) Thursday at Hartford Golf Club to win the 53rd Connecticut Women’s Amateur Championship by eight shots over Sarah Houle of Rock Ridge Country Club. While Houle narrowed the 36-hole gap with a 33 on the front, including birdies on the first three holes on the way to a tournament-low 68 (-4), she could not rattle Cox. As Houle pushed, Cox responded with two front-nine birdies of her own and added two more on the back, where, frankly, she said, just trying to make pars. A couple of late bogeys made no difference but revealed a nervous side the champion rarely showed this week.

“I started off pretty solid, but coming in I kind of was all over the place,” said Cox, who plays out of the Eclub of Connecticut. “I got a little nervous, you know, thinking about the fact that this is my last tournament of the summer and going to school in three weeks and all of that. But to win here, an event I’ve played before, it’s really special. ”

Nervous, but not that nervous, apparently. Cox finished under par for the third straight day. She and Houle were the only red scores on the board Thursday, when a course still soft from Tuesday’s torrential rain, played longer than its 5625 yardage. With a 211 (-5) total, including 13 birdies over the three rounds, Cox was the only player in the field to finish under par. (Houle finished at plus three.)

All of which might have been predicted given her breakthrough spring and summer. The 18-year-old shot 71 (-1) in the first round of the Connecticut Women’s Open at Innis Arden in May and finished T12, but that turned out to be just a warm-up. Coming into the Amateur, Cox had won, in succession:

—The New York State Amateur Championship at Yahnundasis Golf Club by seven shots

—The Liberty National Invitational at Liberty National Golf Course by one

—The Northern Junior at Great River Golf Club in Milford by one

Those last two, close as they were, depended on a short game that the long-hitting Cox has raised a notch this season. She got up and down five times Thursday, three for birdie.

“I’m known for hitting it far,” said Cox. “And I can hit it far. I can really poke it out there on the par 5s and have short irons into the par 4s. But what I spend 80 percent of my time on is around the greens. I worked on that so hard these last few months and I can see the improvement in my game.” She is coached by her father, Keith, a good player in his own right, who caddied for her this week.

Houle, who will attend William and Mary in the fall, confirmed Cox’s analysis. Asked if she’d learned anything playing with the champion Thursday, she said, simply: “Short game.”

There are five divisions in the Women’s Amateur: Overall, Senior, Super Senior, Junior and Team.

In the Senior Division Debbie Johnson of Oronoque narrowly defeated Jennifer Holland of Lyman Orchards, 241 to 242. But it took some composure. “I mean, she eagled the first hole and I bogeyed it and it was like, ‘Here, take three shots,’” laughed Johnson, but her 78 in the final round, against Holland’s 80, made the difference.

The Junior Division finished in a rare tie, with both Elizabeth Garfield of Tashua Knolls, and Meghan Mitchell of New Canaan both shooting 241 and sharing the honors.

Garfield, who finished T7, also was part of the winning team for Tashua Knolls. She and Alexa Brown, who finished fourth, shot a total of 475 for the week, well ahead of the Wampanoag team of Jean Sennett and Mercedes Large.

Sennett, though, won the Super Senior Division over Donna Harris of Farmington Woods and Nancy Walker of Wethersfield, who were ten back.

The championship was supported this year by Fore Ladies Golf, which provided prizes.

The Women’s Amateur is one of more than 50 championships, tournaments and qualifiers conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association, the oldest state golf association in the country, dating from 1899. The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. It administers handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.

]]> (Bob Carney) Neighbors Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:39:49 -0400
The Newtown Fund Is Busy Preparing for December Holiday Giving

Since 1959, The Newtown Fund has supported residents in need by helping pay for food, fuel assistance, utility bills, rent, and medical expenses, in addition to its noteworthy December Holiday Basket program. To ensure that those in need receive their special holiday gifts, Newtown Fund has kicked off a summer appeal for donations. Due to a number of reasons, such as the 2008 recession, changing town demographics, and rising costs, the organization's bottom-line safety net for emergencies that arise throughout the year is considerably lower than usual. "It is necessary that we launch a fundraising campaign at this time to replenish our funds so that no one who qualifies goes without," says Linda Bates, president of the organization.

"We're very proud of all that The Newtown Fund has provided for our citizens over the past six decades," explains Bates. "It gives our board members as well as all the 'Adopt-A-Family' volunteers a great deal of personal satisfaction knowing they are making the holidays so special for these gift recipients." The Newtown Fund also works closely with the town's social services and youth services departments to fulfill other needs during the year.

Bates suggests that in addition to a general donation, Newtowners consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Fund as an expression of sympathy in memory of a loved one, a unique gift for a special occasion such as a wedding, or as a donation through an estate. “With a charitable bequest in a will the donor would be helping fellow residents for many years to come," she adds.

The Fund also greatly appreciates smaller items that can be added to the holiday baskets, such as new winter hats, scarves, gloves, and toiletries. At Thanksgiving time, the organization will be placing donation boxes around Newtown to collect smaller gift donations. "So start putting these aside for the holidays," Bates says. More information on The Newtown Fund and a link for tax-deductible contributions can be found on its website      

]]> (sharon cohen) Charities Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:56:57 -0400
13th Annual Newtown Road Race & Kids Fun Run is planned for Saturday, September 1

13th Annual Newtown Road Race & Kids Fun Run is planned for Saturday, September 1 beginning at 8:00 am at Dickinson Memorial Park in Newtown. The race benefits Newtown Youth & Family Services.

  • Pre-entry Fee $27.00
  • Race Day $30.00
  • Kids Run $5/child or $10/Family

5K Individual Awards given to top male & female runners Top 3 male and female in each age division <14, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Register HERE.

Learn more about Newtown Youth & Family Services here.

USATF Certified Course 

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Who Did Newtown Vote For In 2018 Primary?

August 14, 2018 Connecticut Primary Results

Newtown residents cast a total of 1,750 votes on Tuesday, the Connecticut Primary Election. 

As reported by the State of Connecticut Office of Secretary of State, the number of votes cast by Newtown residents is listed below. Please note that the State primary winner is listed as well.



Ned Lamont - 1,489 - Primary WINNER

Joe Ganim - 213

US Senate - Chris Murphy (uncontested)

Lieutenant Governor 

Susan Bysiewicz 883 - Primary WINNER

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman -836

Representative in Congress Congressional District 5

Mary Messina Glassman - 654

Jahana Hayes 1,062 - Primary WINNER


Shawn Wooden - 801 - Primary WINNER

Dita Bhargava - 870

Attorney General

William Tong - 1,093 - Primary WINNER

Paul R Doyle - 185

Chris Mattei Democratic - 414



Mark Boughton - 826

Tim Herbst - 209

Steve Obsitnik - 11

Bob Stefanowski - 413 - Primary WINNER

Lieutenant Governor

Joe Markley - 1,033 - Primary WINNER

Jayme Stevenson - 291

Erin E Stewart - 365

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield - 1328 Primary WINNER

John Shaban - 305

United States Senator

Matthew Corey - 1,267 - Primary WINNER

Dominic Rapini - 338

Congressional District 5

Manny Santos - 905 - Primary WINNER

Ruby Corby-O'Neill - 449

Richard DuPont - 266


Thad Gray - 1024 - Primary WINNER

Art Linares -596 


]]> (HH) Politics Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:41:14 -0400
Newtown Chamber welcomes CT Braces to town with a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, August 21

The Newtown Chamber will welcome CT Braces to town with a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, August 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. 

CT Braces says, "It is our goal to make a positive impact on our patients’ lives by providing excellent and affordable orthodontic care in the most comfortable environment possible. Drs. Shyam Desai, Agata Bartels, Rupali Shah, and Nithya Chalikonda Estes want you to have a memorable orthodontic experience."

Meet the CT Braces Team, tour the office and enjoy light refreshments on Tuesday afternoon. 

CT Braces is located at 12 Queen Street, Newtown, CT - 2nd Floor.

]]> (Tara) Places Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:49:32 -0400
Danbury Madrigal Singers seeks new members

The Danbury Music Centre Madrigal Singers is accepting new singers (ages 14 and up) for the fall 2018 season. The Madrigal Singers is an auditioned choral ensemble that performs a variety of chamber music and a cappella (unaccompanied) Renaissance and Elizabethan madrigals, motets, chansons, and anthems, and will be presenting a fully-staged Renaissance dinner program in November. The ensemble rehearses on Thursday nights (7 – 9 pm) on the first floor of the Danbury Music Centre.

Auditions (Monday, August 20th, 7 – 8 pm and Tuesday, August 21st, 7 – 8 pm) will take place at the Marian Anderson Hall of the Danbury Music Centre (256 Main Street, Danbury). To schedule an audition (or to arrange an alternative date/time), contact Madrigal Singers Director Joyce Flanagan (, 203-240-9398). For more information, go to

]]> (Lori McHugh) Neighbors Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:40:13 -0400
Newtown's 9th Annual Summer Concerts in the Park Series Comes to a Close TONIGHT

Summer Concert in the Park Tonight, August 16 from 6:30 to 8pm 

The 9th Annual Summer Concerts in the Park series will wind to a close this week with rock, bluegrass and folk tunes performed by Unclaimed Baggage.

The free concert will take place from 6:30-8 pm at Dickinson Park bandshell. 

Hula hoops and beach balls for the kids.

Just a reminder that pets are not allowed in the park.


]]> (Newtown Parks & Rec) Todays events Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:39:07 -0400
Chase Caldwell’s One Plug Entertainment featured at TBIC0’s 25th Anniversary Gala on September 8th

Music by Chase Caldwell’s One Plug Entertainment will be featured at TBICO’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Main, New Milford, on Saturday, September 8th.

The theme of the gala is Believe. Says Caldwell, “We believe in all of the good work that TBICO is doing through job training and education, they make it possible for individuals to reach their dreams. That’s why we are making the music.” Caldwell started One Plug four years ago. After graduating from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with a degree in Entertainment Business, he joined Carnival Cruises as a DJ. 

 When not making music, Caldwell runs the Afterschool Program at King Street Primary School in Danbury. Says TBICO founder and president Lou Ann Bloomer “We thank the Caldwell’s for their generous contribution.” Founded in 1993, TBICO equips individuals with the employment skills needed to secure economic independence and gives families the chance to start over, to succeed. For more information visit

]]> (Penelope Forman/ Hamid Mossavi ) Neighbors Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:03:13 -0400
CT BBB Back To School Tips

It may seem like school just let out, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! With back-to-school specials running all summer long, parents and students can start their shopping early and spread it out to avoid a hefty back-to-school shopping bill all at once.
Better Business Bureau offers up the following tips on how to shop smart when starting your back-to-school or back-to-college shopping:
Make a list      
You can either wait for the school supplies list to come out, or start shopping without it. Even if you don’t have the exact list, you should have an idea of what to purchase regarding school clothes, and basic supplies. Jot everything down on a list and stick to it! Impulse buying can jack up your overall total in a hurry.
Shop your home
You may already have some of the items from last year hidden in your home. Why purchase the same thing twice?
Research big ticket items
Before purchasing that expensive laptop, tablet or dorm refrigerator, be sure to do your homework. Research the brands, warranty, customer reviews and the prices at various stores to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Also check the reputation of the retailer at
Look for the sales
Compare prices between different retail stores, save your coupons, sign up for email alerts and redeem any cash-back or rebate offers. This will help you get the best deals, saving you a nice chunk of dough.
Ask for student discounts
Many stores and software companies offer discounts to students that have either an .edu email address or a student ID. Even if you don’t see a discount advertised at the store, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Shop in bulk
Some teachers ask parents to buy bulk items for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. Talk with other parents about what they’re getting, and see if you can all split the cost.
Know the return policies and save your receipts
Kids can be fickle. They can love a new shirt yesterday but hate it today. Ask about return policies before making your purchase. Be sure to save your receipts just in case you have to return the item later.
Shop safely online:
  • When shopping from an online website the first step is to make sure the URL starts with “https” and includes a lock symbol. The “s” in “https” stands for secure, that way you know your information is being protected.
  • Do your research. An unknown website may offer a similar product at a lower price. The lowest price isn’t always the best route. Check for user reviews and badges for consumer protection agencies.
  • Be sure to use your credit card instead of your debit card, as credit cards not only provide additional protection, but it’s also easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.
  • Be extremely wary of any website or store that asks for your child’s personal information in order to access special deals.
  • If you use Facebook you know banner ads are all over the place and many ads are even catered to what you like. Some of them, however, are just click bait ads to drive you to a different website where you could potentially be asked to input personal information. Take note of the ad and go to the store's website directly. 
]]> (CT BBB) Public safety Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:18:21 -0400
Shop LOCAL and Tax FREE August 19 to August 25

Shop LOCAL and Tax-FREE!

In the State of Connecticut, shoppers will have a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 from Sunday, August 19th until Saturday, August 25.

According to the Connecticut DRS, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut Sales and Use Tax. For items costing $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price. 

Click here for a list of tax-exempt items and for additional information from the DRS.

]]> (HH) Life Mon, 13 Aug 2018 04:17:12 -0400
Newtown Arts Festival September 14th - 16


Celebrate the Arts! Newtown Arts Festival September 14th - 16th, 2018

Fairfield Hills • Corner of Trades Lane & DG Beers Blvd. Newtown, CT


Friday Night 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. • Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Saturday Night 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Daytime Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 12, children under age 5 are free. Cash and Debit/Credit Cards Accepted

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission established the Newtown Arts Festival to promote and support local arts and the community through arts-inspired entertainment, education, exhibits, and sales. The festival showcases all forms of creative expression, such as visual arts, dance, music, the written word, and theater in the setting of a town-wide celebration. Proceeds will support grants and scholarships for local artists and arts organizations, future festivals, and other work of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

In 2017 the month of October was officially declared “National Arts & Humanities Month” in Newtown! We will be promoting a wide variety of artistic events and performances from September 29th – October 31st, 2018.

Learn more HERE.

]]> ( NEWTOWN CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION) Events Sun, 12 Aug 2018 05:42:28 -0400
Newtown's Outdoor Movie & Family Fun Night Rescheduled to August 17!

Due to the threat of rain, tonight's Newtown's Outdoor Movie & Family Fun Night has been rescheduled to August 17th. The event will take place at Fairfield Hills Soccer Field.


Enjoy inflatable obstacle course at 6:30 pm followed by a Dance Party with DJ Austin Dailey.

Coco (PG) will begin at 8:30pm. Popcorn and candy will be for sale!

]]> (Town of Newtown) Events Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:33:24 -0400
Special Absentee Voting Hours in Newtown Tomorrow

Town Clerk’s Office Special Absentee Voting Hours Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Town Clerk’s Office Special Absentee Voting Hours Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Read more


]]> (Town of Newtown) Politics Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:24:54 -0400
Save the date for Newtown Day at Fairfield Hills on Oceober 6

The newest family-friendly event in Newtown will take place this fall!

Newtown Day, co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown and Newtown Parks & Recreation, will take place at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, October 6 from 11am to 5pm. 

There will be plenty of food, fun, and festivities for "kids" of all ages to enjoy.

Visit the event Facebook page for updates.

Thanks to our Chamber members Dental Associates of CT, ChillednDistilled, and eFriend Marketing for your support of this event.

Email for vendor information.

Email for sponsorship information.

]]> (Newtown Chamber of Commerce) Events Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:18:56 -0400