Newtown's HamletHub Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:52:41 -0500 Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit
]]> (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:47 -0500
Lamont’s 2020 Thanksgiving message: people have come forward from all corners to help and volunteer

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Ned Lamont delivered the following message to the residents of Connecticut:

This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you.

At this time of year it’s traditional to take time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives and express gratitude. Like so many things during this past year, it’s hard to find comfort in this familiar custom when there are reminders of the strangeness of the times all around us.

There’s no way to put on a cheerful face and pretend that everything is whole when we’ve lost so much. The virus has cost the lives of over 250,000 Americans, the jobs and livelihoods of countless more, and robbed us all of our everyday reality.

And yet there’s hope and plenty to be grateful for.

The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf. Connecticut’s doctors, nurses, and other public health workers have worked tirelessly through unthinkably long hours while putting their own safety at risk. Medical professionals have come out of retirement to provide assistance to hospitals and nursing homes, where the help is sorely needed. Our state has seen an outpouring of support from nonprofit partners who’ve stepped up to the plate to provide aid and services to those suffering.

Connecticut’s teachers, some of the best in the country, have risen to the challenge of educating our children – a challenge in the best of times, as many of us found out first hand – while adapting to a remote environment.

All that is to say nothing of the ordinary Connecticut folks who have volunteered their time. People have come forward from all corners to man testing sites, deliver food to those in quarantine, and facilitate voting to ensure our democracy continues to thrive. Many have cared for their neighbors who are most at risk by delivering supplies to spare them from danger.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

At this moment, we also have hope in the form of a number of promising vaccines on the horizon. With this hope, despite the fatigue we all feel at having been deprived of even the most basic human interaction, it’s more important than ever that we honor the efforts and sacrifice of our fellow Connecticut residents by staying vigilant. It’s not easy, but the more we express our collective thanks by keeping each other safe when there are treatments so close at hand, the sooner we can get back to the life that we so dearly miss.

In the meantime, despite the impact COVID has had on volunteerism, there are still countless ways to step up and give back throughout this holiday season and beyond. Connecticut charities need your help more than ever – so consider donating time safely or supporting them however you can. We’re still one big family and in this together.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving.


]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:32:37 -0500
Fun facts from OrthoConnecticut as you carve your turkey


The skin on the palm side of our hand is very unique.

It grows no hair.  

It does not have the ability to tan.

It is tough and durable, but also sensitive enough to discriminate between a quarter and a nickel in your pocket.

The skin is anchored to the bone through an intermediate layer of fascia, which prevents the skin from sliding around like a rubber glove.

Fingerprints provide friction to allow us to grasp and hold onto objects.

These fun facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The OrthoConnecticut team of fellowship-trained, board-certified hand and wrist surgeons know the ins and outs of palms, fingers, wrists….you name it.

So whether you need schooling on little known facts about your hand or skilled surgical proficiency, come to the experts. The Hand Center at OrthoConnecticut is ready to care for you.

]]> (OrthoConnecticut) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:16:54 -0500
Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions

Updated information on Cultural Arts opening

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

In January there will be open positions on the following boards/commissions: 

the Cultural Arts Commission (1), the Economic Development Commission (2), the Parks & Recreation Commission (1) and one on the Public Building & Site Commission. 

All positions are open to any registered voter in the Town of Newtown, except the Cultural Arts Commission is open to a Republican or an unaffiliated voter.  Resumes will be accepted up to December 11.

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

]]> (Town of Newtown ) Neighbors Wed, 25 Nov 2020 04:20:16 -0500
General Election Results to be Audited at Select Polling Locations Including Newtown

A hand count of ballots from five percent of all polling places that use optical scanners to be matched against machine totals, which will affirm the integrity of the vote

HARTFORD- Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly selected voting precincts to have primary results audited following the November 3 election. Five percent of the polling places that use optical scan machines are subject to the audit, as prescribed by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f. Those hand counted ballots will be matched against vote totals from optical scan machines.

Secretary Merrill said, “Connecticut’s post-election audits are essential to ensuring the integrity of the vote. Thank you so much to the local election officials who worked so hard to make this process such a success and who conducted the election in a transparent, professional manner.”

There were 743 polling locations that used optical scan machines on November 3 so the Secretary of the State chose thirty eight primary and eleven alternate locations. The results of audits will be analyzed by the University of Connecticut, the Secretary of the State’s Office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and then be made available to the public. Connecticut boasts one of the strictest audit statutes in the country and was the first state in New England to require a comprehensive audit of primary results.

List of races to be audited:

  • The races to be audited will be selected locally by the Town Clerk.

List of polling places to be audited:

  • Plainfield- 2 Central Village Fire Station
  • Cheshire- Norton School – District 4
  • Cheshire- Chapman School – District 2
  • Granby- Granby Memorial High School – Community Gym
  • Newtown- Reed Intermediate School District 3-2
  • Trumbull- St. Joseph High School 123
  • Voluntown- Voluntown Elementary School
  • Waterbury- District 71-2 Gilmartin School
  • Stamford- Saint Bridget School District 6-1
  • Shelton- Long Hill School District 3
  • Waterbury- District 73-4 Sprague School
  • Wethersfield- Emerson Williams School
  • Windham- Dist 8 Elks
  • Somers- Town Hall
  • New Britain- Diloreto School
  • Killingly- Board of Ed Central Office – Cafeteria Dist 1
  • Stamford- Julia A. Stark School District 4
  • New Britain – Holmes Elementary School
  • Enfield – Enfield Senior Center District 158
  • Manchester – Bennet Academy
  • Bridgeport – Central High School District 129-3
  • Stratford – District 11-11 Lordship Elementary School 121 2
  • Norwalk – Kendall School District 140-1
  • Westport – District 136-2 Coleytown Elementary School Gym
  • New London – New London STM High School
  • Hartford – Hartford Seminary District 4
  • Stratford – District 60-1 Wooster Middle School 120 21
  • Plainville – Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall
  • Deep River – Deep River Elementary School
  • Waterford – Oswegatchie School
  • Newington – John Wallace Middle School – District-8
  • Waterbury – District 72-3 Woodrow Wilson School
  • New Haven- John S. Martinez School District 16
  • New Haven – Main Library District 1-2
  • Norwich – Rose City Senior Center
  • Farmington – Community Center – District 2 Precinct 6
  • Waterbury – District 74-2 Crosby High School
  • West Haven – Washington School
]]> (Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill) Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:02:49 -0500
Connecticut Sector rules updated to prohibit all organized road races effective November 23

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development updated its sector rules to prohibit all organized road races, effective November 23, 2020.

This includes any turkey trots or holiday road races scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. Residents are encouraged to stay among members of their households and avoid crowds.

For a list of virtual turkey trots that are being held in Connecticut this Thanksgiving season, check out the list on the state’s tourism website.


]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:49:23 -0500
1st Annual Newtown LIGHTS on Sunday, December 13

Newtown LIGHTS 2020 on Sunday, December 13

Join the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and the Newtown Community Center as we Light the Night on the Fairfield Hills Campus for Newtown Holiday Lights!

Drive starts at 4:00pm, first show at 4:30pm.

You can be part of the Winter Wonderland and Light Show! Community members will enjoy a social distanced and safe experience. 

Learn more and download the sponsorship packet HERE.

]]> (Newtown Chamber of Commerce) Events Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:20:00 -0500
Newtown's 36th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Silent Night Scroll

Newtown's 36th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Silent Night Evening Stroll on December 4 from 5 to 10 pm, Rams Pature and Main Street.

Dress warm (and festive), remember to social distance and wear your mask!

Learn more here.

]]> (Town of Newtown) Events Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:24:33 -0500
Newtown Senior Center Craft Boutique Tomorrow!

Senior Center Craft Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Community Center from 8:00 am to 2 pm. 

Additional dates:

December 5 and 12

Learn more here.

]]> (HH) Events Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:01:44 -0500
Connecticut updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

Governor Lamont signs 81st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 81st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9M enacts the following provisions:

  • DECD authority to enact rules for all sports activities: Expands authority of the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to establish mandatory safety rules to all sports.
  • Renewals of certain permits extended: To promote compliance with pandemic-related restrictions on sales of liquor, extends the renewal period for certain liquor permits and refunds certain renewal fees already paid.
  • Extending authorization for online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the time during which plumbers and electricians may satisfy continuing education requirements through online learning.
  • Extended deadlines for continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the deadline for electricians and plumbers to complete their continuing education requirements while allowing them to renew licenses according to original deadlines.

Updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules take effect Monday, November 23.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • “Team” is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

For the full rules released today, click here.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:58:57 -0500
Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions

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

In January there will be open positions on the following boards/commissions:  the Cultural Arts Commission (1), the Economic Development Commission (2), the Parks & Recreation Commission (1) and one on the Public Building & Site Commission.  The positions are open to any registered voter in the Town of Newtown.  Resumes will be accepted up to December 11.

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

]]> (Town of Newtown) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:07:35 -0500
Connecticut COVID update: additional 2,353 cases, 145 cities and towns now in Red Zone

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 Associated Deaths



County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





Fairfield County






Hartford County






Litchfield County






Middlesex County






New Haven County






New London County






Tolland County






Windham County






Pending address validation












For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities

The following documents contain the weekly data regarding each of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut that have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among their residents. The data is presented as it was reported to the state by each of the facilities. If a facility is not listed, that means it is reporting that it does not have any residents who have tested positive.

Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: One hundred and forty-five municipalities now in red

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 145 cities and towns in Connecticut are now in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels. They are:

  • Andover*
  • Ansonia
  • Ashford*
  • Beacon Falls
  • Berlin
  • Bethany*
  • Bethel
  • Bethlehem
  • Bloomfield
  • Bozrah
  • Branford
  • Bridgeport
  • Bristol
  • Brookfield
  • Brooklyn
  • Burlington*
  • Canterbury*
  • Chaplin
  • Cheshire
  • Chester*
  • Clinton
  • Colchester*
  • Coventry*
  • Cromwell
  • Danbury
  • Darien*
  • Deep River
  • Derby
  • Durham
  • East Granby
  • East Haddam*
  • East Hampton
  • East Hartford
  • East Haven
  • East Lyme*
  • East Windsor
  • Easton
  • Enfield*
  • Essex
  • Fairfield
  • Farmington*
  • Franklin
  • Glastonbury*
  • Goshen
  • Greenwich
  • Griswold
  • Groton
  • Guilford*
  • Haddam*
  • Hamden
  • Hampton
  • Hartford
  • Harwinton*
  • Hebron*
  • Kent*
  • Killingly
  • Killingworth
  • Lebanon*
  • Ledyard
  • Lisbon*
  • Litchfield*
  • Madison*
  • Manchester
  • Mansfield*
  • Marlborough*
  • Meriden
  • Middlebury
  • Middlefield
  • Middletown
  • Milford
  • Monroe
  • Montville*
  • Morris*
  • Naugatuck
  • New Britain
  • New Canaan
  • New Fairfield
  • New Hartford*
  • New Haven
  • New London
  • New Milford
  • Newington
  • Newtown
  • North Branford
  • North Canaan*
  • North Haven
  • North Stonington
  • Norwalk
  • Norwich
  • Old Lyme*
  • Old Saybrook*
  • Orange
  • Oxford
  • Plainfield
  • Plainville
  • Plymouth
  • Pomfret*
  • Portland
  • Preston
  • Prospect
  • Putnam*
  • Redding
  • Ridgefield*
  • Rocky Hill
  • Roxbury*
  • Salem*
  • Salisbury*
  • Seymour
  • Shelton
  • Sherman
  • Somers*
  • South Windsor*
  • Southbury
  • Southington
  • Sprague
  • Stamford
  • Sterling*
  • Stonington*
  • Stratford
  • Suffield*
  • Thomaston
  • Tolland
  • Torrington
  • Trumbull
  • Vernon*
  • Wallingford
  • Washington
  • Waterbury
  • Waterford
  • Watertown
  • West Hartford
  • West Haven
  • Westbrook
  • Weston
  • Westport
  • Wethersfield
  • Willington
  • Wilton
  • Windham
  • Windsor
  • Windsor Locks
  • Wolcott
  • Woodbridge*
  • Woodbury
  • Woodstock*

*Newly added to the red-level alert list this week

There are no municipalities in the state that were in the red zone last week and were downgraded to a lower alert level this week.

The red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population. The orange zone indicates those that have case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population. The yellow zone indicates municipalities that have case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population, and those indicated in gray have case rates lower than five per 100,000 population.

The weekly alert map is also accompanied by a chart that provides guidance on recommended actions based on the alert levels for individual residents; institutions such as schools, houses of worship, and community organizations; as well as municipal leaders and local health directors.

The Department of Public Health will be working with individual cities and towns in the higher-alert levels, including their local health departments, to provide community resources and help make community-level decisions.

The COVID-19 Alert Map is updated every Thursday around 4:00 p.m. and can be found in the Data Tracker page of the state’s coronavirus website at

Governor Lamont's November 19, 2020 4PM Coronaviru...

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:51:25 -0500
Newtown Municipal and Transfer Station Holiday Schedule

Newtown Town offices and the Transfer Station will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Transfer Station will be open on Saturday, November 28, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

]]> (Town of Newtown) Places Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:22:32 -0500
Ann's Place Virtual 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees is Live!

Come one, come all! Let’s make holiday magic in the tradition of “Festival”. Only this year, enjoy Ann’s Place annual Festival of Trees from the comfort and safety of your own home!

The 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place is an exciting and totally re-imagined online event. You and your family can participate in three new, fun and creative challenges now through December 5th. The engaging and entertaining Festival contests will generate CASH prizes, all the while helping to raise funds for Ann’s Place FREE cancer services. This event has raised over $3.4 million since 2003 to support area cancer patients.

Create some holiday magic at your house by entering 1, 2, or 3 of the creative challenges or vote for your favorite entries to win by donating to Ann’s Place. Spread holiday excitement and encourage a little competition and lots of caring this season.

Another “don’t miss” is holiday shopping in Festival’s Click & Bid Auction. The auction and all 3 challenges are available at

The Three Challenges:

Decorate a Tree or Holiday Item

Decorate your creative holiday entry for an online audience, including your grandparents in Florida! You decide size, theme, color, live or artificial. Have photographs ready when you register.

Opportunity to win from $250 up to $2,000 cash if you capture the most votes!

Think Outside the Box: Upcycle Sculpture Challenge

Take a break from remote work and home studies! Put your heads together to create a sculpture using a box as the foundation. Pick a theme. Save delivery boxes! Work with cardboard, paper, plastic, or metal. If you can recycle it, you can use it.

$250 Gift Card to entry with the most votes in each of 3 size categories.

Awkward Holiday Photo Competition

Bring silliness and your good eye! Whether it is a Holiday Feast gone wacky, a gathering of Ugly Sweaters, strange Porch Sitters, or Pets in Costume, jump into this light-hearted competition. No indecent or political photos. Always get permission from human subjects.

Top vote wins $250. Runner-up: $50.

Cancer doesn't stop during pandemics. In fact, social distancing adds an incredible layer of extra stress just getting to treatment and through recovery. Ann's Place has continued to be a beacon of hope through it all with indispensable professional counseling, online wellness classes, support groups, and financial aid. Their gardens and labyrinth offer a respite during the roughest, most isolating times. More than ever, Ann's Place needs your participation and support!

For more Festival information, visit or call (203) 790-6568 x108.

]]> (Ann's Place) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:22:08 -0500
Newtown Youth & Family Services 35th Annual Holiday Festival


Participate in the 35th Annual Holiday Festival
The area’s longest running holiday event is looking for local businesses to participate by donating to the Festival of Trees and/or the Secret Stocking Silent Auction.
All proceeds from the Holiday Festival go to Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), specifically mental health, Autism programming and community programs.
NYFS is a non-profit youth service bureau and mental health clinic for children, teens, adults and seniors. For over 30 years, NYFS has been committed to providing high quality human health services to promote individual and community wellness. Specialized services include: outpatient individual, couples and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, Autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives and support groups.

Festival of Trees

Decorate and donate a holiday tree, wreath, centerpiece or holiday gift basket. Each year over 50 items are decorated and donated by local individuals, friends, families, businesses, clubs and organizations. Without donors, the Festival of Trees would not be such a successful and spectacular event!
Donors Receive:

  • Organization/Name next to image where items up for bid are presented.
  • Organization/Name with Festival of Trees info on NYFS website.
  • Social media posts announcing Name/Organization’s participation.

For more information and how to participate, visit 

Secret Stocking Silent Auction

Put together and donate a stocking full of goodies to our online silent auction. The contents are your choice and can be themed around your business or not themed at all! This is not your average silent auction! Bidders will get a preview of what the stocking includes but the rest will be a surprise! In addition to the preview, bidders will know which company/organization put the stocking together and the value.

Donors Receive:

  • Business Name next to image where items up for bid are presented.
  • Business Name with Silent Auction info on NYFS website.
  • Social media posts announcing participation along with a sneak peek of donated stocking or gift.
For more information and how to participate, visit
For complete Holiday Festival details, please visit:

Download the Sponsorship Flyer Here

]]> (Chamber of Commerce of Newtown) Events Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:36 -0500