Newtown's HamletHub Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:47:31 -0400 The Great Newtown Shopping Spree Raffle Online Through June 24!

“The Great Newtown Shopping Spree Raffle” is a $5,000 raffle to support local businesses. The raffle is being hosted online using the Eventgroove Fundraising platform. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY here through June 24, 2021 until 5:30 p.m.

The drawing will be live-streamed on FACEBOOK LIVE at 6 p.m. on June 24, 2021 from the Chamber’s Facebook page here. The Eventgroove platform will pick the three (3) lucky winners.

Raffle Prizes

First Place Prize - $3,000

A $3,000 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Second Place Prize - $1,500

A $1,500 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Third Place Prize - $500

A $500 shopping trip. Starting with a $100 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Raffle Tickets

Tickets are $20 each and the winners will be able to spend their winnings at Newtown businesses or nonprofits of THEIR choice to pay a bill, receive a gift card, make a donation, or open a line of credit. Winners can, for example, use the funds for a gym membership, an eye exam and new pair of glasses, grocery or retail purchases, joining the Community Center or paying for camp with the Parks & Rec Department, music lessons, home renovations, clothes, personal services, business equipment, even dental work or other medical needs — but checks distributed from the winners’ balances will only be authorized for Newtown-based providers, businesses, or Chamber member companies located outside of Newtown.

“We want to support Newtown businesses of all types and also offer a substantial potential reward for participants in a fun way,” said Judith Miller, Chamber president. “Building interest in shopping, eating out, and doing business locally is what the Chamber does, and the raffle will encourage everyone in the region to visit Newtown.”

The raffle would not be possible without the support of these sponsors:

  •        Litchfield Distillery - Batchers
  •        Manzi Insurance of Newtown
  •        Newtown Economic and Community Development Commission
  •        Dental Associates of Connecticut
  •        Newtown Savings Bank
  •        BD Provisions
  •        i95 The Home of Rock N Roll
  •        The WOLF 97.7, 97.3, 105.5
  •        Caraluzzi’s
  •        eFriend Marketing
  •        Winners must spend the winnings in Newtown businesses and nonprofits which must have a tax ID, a verifiable Newtown address or be a current member of the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.
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Newtown's Bicycle Share Program, Bikes FREE to Residents

The Newtown Bicycle Share Program, sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation allows the public to borrow a children's Guardian bicycle from the Park and Rec office for use on Fairfield Hills Campus. 

The Parks and Rec office is located at Newtown Community Center, 8 Simpson Street.

The bicycles are free to residents and there is a $10 charge for nonresidents.

Learn more here.

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Kids Concerts Every Tuesday at Dickinson Park Beginning June 29th

Friends of C.H. Booth Library and Newtown Parks & Rec Sponsors Kids Concerts Every Tuesday starting June 29 at Dickinson Park with Al DeCant and Jill Kubeck

Concerts begin at 2:00 pm.

In the event of rain, concerts will be moved inside to Edmond Town Hall. 

Register at

The event is sponsored by Friends of C.H. Booth Library and Newtown Parks & Rec


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The Great Newtown Shopping Spree

The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown is hosting a $5000 raffle to support local businesses!

The raffle winner will get to shop LOCAL and support our amazing small businesses!

First Place Prize - $3,000

A $3,000 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Second Place Prize - $1,500

A $1,500 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Third Place Prize - $500

A $500 shopping trip. Starting with a $100 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each. 

Here are some of the ways you can spend your winnings!

  • Donate a gift card to your favorite non-profit business.
  • Use a gift card to pay a bill at a qualifying business.
  • Pay for a membership in full with your winning.
  • Spread your winnings among your favorite stores, restaurants, bars, hair salons, grocers, gas stations, spas, dentists, etc.

Funds raised by the Chamber will be used to continue to present innovative events and programs to support our membership.

Learn more about the Great Newtown Shopping Spree and how it works HERE.

]]> (Chamber of Commerce of Newtown) Neighbors Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:15:17 -0400
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:

  • The Inland Wetland Commission has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter. 
  • The Pension Committee has a vacancy available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  Interested parties may apply by June 11.
  • The Fairfield Hills Authority has a vacany available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter. Interested parties may apply by June 30.

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

Read more

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A New Farm in Redding

Over the past ten years, our team at Homefront Farmers has developed a business of building and maintaining organic vegetable gardens for families and businesses in the area. As a team, we are passionate about educating and growing delicious foods that started with vegetables and have evolved to include mushrooms, maple syrup and honey! We are excited to introduce our newest venture, a vegetable farm located in idyllic Redding on Picketts Ridge Road!

Our farm reflects our desire to produce food in an ecologically sound and regenerative manner. We focus on utilizing practices from no-till agriculture, which prioritizes soil health, in specific, and our local ecosystem, in general. What this means is that we are a human-powered farm, relying on our hands and hoes instead of tractors and tillers! A vegetable is only as good as the soil it is grown in and in order to cultivate the healthiest soil possible, we avoid any unnecessary disturbances. Unlike conventional agriculture where farmers will feed their plants directly with synthetic inputs, organic agriculture requires a robust community of fungi, bacteria and critters in order to grow the most delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. 

We sell our produce at local farm markets – the farmstands are at Nod Hill Brewery and our farm located at 130 Picketts Ridge Rd, Redding. But our drive is to prioritize convenience, offering on-site pickup 6 days a week and local delivery 2 days a week. When you submit an order, our farmers will harvest and prepare your vegetables the next day for pickup or delivery to ensure the freshest produce possible! And more than anything, we love to connect with our local community. Stop by Tuesday - Sunday to say hello to our farmers and check out where and how your food is grown! Pick our brains, ask us questions and see how much food can be produced in a small plot.

Learn more about Homefront Farmers HERE.

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Rabies Vaccination Clinic at Newtown Municipal Center on Saturday, June 12

Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs and cats at Newtown Municipal Center on Saturday, June 12 from 9am to 11am. 

The cost is $20 (cash only) per pet. 

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk's office 203-270-4210 or by email

Newtown Municipal Center is located at 3 Primrose Street in Newtown. 

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Newtown Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, June 12 at Bethel High School

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off on Saturday, June 12 at Bethel High School  

For the residents of Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Weston, New Milford, Sherman, and Ridgefield

Bethel High School, located at 300 Whittlesey Drive, will be collecting household hazardous waste on May 8 from 9am to 1pm. 

This is a great opportunity to rid your household of waste items that have been piling up and you'd much prefer to have out of the house than in.

Visit for more information.

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United Way of Western Connecticut Announces Nearly $700,000 in Grant Awards, Including COVID-19 Resiliency Grants

United Way of Western Connecticut is announcing that it is awarding $695,500 in grants to nonprofit agencies across the region it serves. The grants are being awarded through United Way’s regular annual funding to support financial stability and childhood success, as well as through special COVID-19 Resiliency Grants to assist nonprofits that are facing increased demand due to the pandemic. Grants are being awarded to 44 agencies in Stamford, Northern Fairfield County, and Southern Litchfield County.
United Way’s annual grant process provides funding to agencies that address the needs of ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households, with a focus on increasing the financial stability of those households and supporting the care and education of their children. Through this regular funding process, grants were awarded to agencies that help ALICE households strengthen their financial footing by budgeting and saving, as well as to providers of child care and after-school programs, to make quality programs more affordable for hardworking parents.
The COVID-19 Resiliency Grants will allow agencies to address increased needs while also helping them change the way they deliver services in the wake of the pandemic. Under this funding, grants were awarded to agencies that provide housing supports, food security, and physical and mental health, as well as child care and education.
Since March of 2020, the pandemic has taken a huge toll on nonprofits as they struggled to meet the needs of clients who suddenly lost jobs or wages, or found themselves with children at home all day, every day. The agencies had to mobilize to meet unprecedented demand while providing services safely and often remotely―and frequently without the volunteers they so often rely on. Because the pandemic changed so many aspects of home and family life, community nonprofits not only had to address basic needs, such as food and shelter, they also had meet increased demands for mental health services, educational supports, and child care.
“Because the pandemic affected everyone—from the elderly who needed food, to the infant child of an essential worker who needed care—it stretched our communities’ safety nets to their limits,” said Isabel Almeida, president of United Way of Western Connecticut. “These grants will shore up the nonprofits that play such a vital role in our communities and help them get back on track after a very challenging year.”
Grants range in size from $5,000 to $35,000 and were awarded to a variety of providers, from nonprofit shelters to food pantries to after-school programs. For a full list of grant recipients, see below. Grant applications were reviewed by 23 United Way volunteers, who evaluated applications based on the urgency of the need and the degree to which service delivery was impacted by safety protocols.
“We are extremely grateful for this award, as we see more young people struggling with mental health challenges,” said Julie Schmitter, Executive Director of Danbury Youth Services (DYS). “DYS has continued to offer in-office services to our most vulnerable clients even during the pandemic, and we see an increase in referrals to our agency. This funding will help some of our most struggling families access the mental health services that they need.”
“Fantastic news,” said Richard Liverano, Manager of Institutional Giving at Liberation Programs, Inc. “We look forward to resuming our partnership with United Way and saving lives in Stamford. Thank you for your generosity to us and to other community members.”
The COVID-19 Resiliency Grants are just one part of United Way’s multi-faceted response to community needs caused by the pandemic. In addition to grants to agencies, United Way has distributed direct cash payments to families in need through its ALICE Emergency Fund, increased access to food through its Healthy Savings program, supported food pantries and other food providers, and disseminated information about testing and vaccinations. It also mobilized more than 290 volunteers across Western Connecticut to deliver food and necessities to the elderly and homebound.
For more information about United Way of Western Connecticut’s grant funding, contact Casey Levene, Vice President of Community Impact at 203-297-6246 or
United Way of Western Connecticut Financial Stability, Childhood Success, and COVID-19 Resiliency Grant Funding Recipients for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
Boys & Girls Club of Stamford
Children's Learning Center of Fairfield County
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Domus Kids
Family Centers
The Ferguson Library
Filling in the Blanks
Food Rescue U.S.
Jewish Family Service of Stamford
Liberation Programs
Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern CT
New Covenant Center
Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis & Education
The Rowan Center
Silver Source
Stamford Public Education Foundation
Women's Mentoring Network
Northern Fairfield County
Amos House
Apex Community Care
Association of Religious Communities
Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield
Catholic Charities
Daily Bread
Danbury Grassroots Academy
Danbury Youth Services
Friends of Newtown Community Center
Hillside Food Outreach
Interfaith AIDS Ministry
Junior Achievement
The New American Dream Foundation
REACH Western CT
Regional YMCA of Western CT
Resiliency Center of Newtown
Salvation Army
Southern Litchfield County
Camella’s Cupboard
Children’s Center of New Milford
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity
New Milford Community Ambulance
Pratt Nature Center
Village Center for the Arts
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Bubblemania is coming to Edmond Town Hall on June 28!

Casey Carle is bringing Bubblemania to Edmond Town Hall in Newtown on June 28 at 11am! 

Science, Art & Comedy! A unique program with high-energy entertainment, artistic achievement, visual comedy and quick wit. Register for this FREE event fun for the whole family!

Register at


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Danbury Westerners Explode Offensively On Opening Day Against The Bristol Blues, Win 18-4

The Danbury Westerners started their 2021 NECBL Summer Baseball season on the road with a bang by defeating the Bristol Blues 18-4.
The Westerners got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second after second baseman Zach Selinger forced a walk with the bases loaded. Bristol would match the score at 1 when Brennen Dorighi scored on a throwing error from Westerners starter Kyle Roche in the bottom half of the inning.
“I was locating my fastball pretty well,” Roche said about his performance after the game, “My slider was working, not so much my splitter.”
The game would remain 1-1 until the top of the sixth inning, where the Westerners scored a single inning franchise-high 17 runs.
Zach Selinger and Banks Griffith each had a two-RBI single, Dylan Kim had an RBI double, and Jake Roper and Matt Zaffino had RBI singles. Five players scored for Danbury on walks alone, while four more scored off of plays scored as errors. Selinger also had an RBI groundout.
The Westerners totaled thirteen hits throughout the game. Seven Westerners tallied a minimum of one RBI, while eight scored at least once.
Kyle Roche earned the win after throwing five innings, giving up three hits and one run unearned while walking one Blue out and striking out seven.
The loss went to Bristol pitcher Hector Alejandro who gave up six runs [four earned] and two walks over zero total innings after relieving Bristol starter Jack Moore.
The Westerners will have their 2021 NECBL home opener this Saturday at Rogers Park against the Valley Blue Sox, where Angelo Tonas is scheduled to be the Westerners’ starting pitcher.
]]> (by Kyle DeSantis - Ithaca College '24 - Westerners Journalist Intern) Life Fri, 04 Jun 2021 04:16:58 -0400
Newtown's Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance Celebrates with a Gala for the Stars

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance recently celebrated their dancers with a “Gala for the Stars” event. Offered in both virtual and in person formats, the event celebrated the hard work, persistence, teamwork and determination the dancers have displayed all year and throughout the pandemic. Small groups of dancers took the floor at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown and on Zoom to showcase their love of dance, progress and all they’ve learned for intimate audiences. 

Dancers as young as four years old danced on stage for the first time, full of joy and excitement, and experienced, seasoned dancers inspired audiences with their intricate, advanced footwork.  

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former stars of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Christina Dolzall-Ashurst and Craig Ashurst. The local couple both hold certification from Dublin, Ireland to teach Irish dancing and their students are looking forward to competing in the US Championships this July in Phoenix, Arizona as well as the World Championships in Belfast, Ireland next April. The dancing school has also been voted "Connecticut's Best Dance Studio for Kids." 

The academy is currently enrolling new beginners for summer camps and will soon have enrollment open for the Fall 2021 season. Information can be found at:

]]> (Ashurst Academy) Events Wed, 02 Jun 2021 08:53:48 -0400
Two Newtown High School Students are National Merit Scholarship Winners!

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,100 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Among the winners are two Newtown High School students, Collin Hoffman of Sandy Hook and Lauren H. Nalajala of Newtown. Hoffman is the recipient of the National Merit Purdue University Scholarship and Nalajala won the National Merit Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Scholarship.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2021 competition to about 4,000.

This year, 160 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 85 private and 75 public institutions located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth nearly $30 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships

]]> (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 02 Jun 2021 08:48:51 -0400
Danbury Westerners Plan Fall Celebrity Breakfast

For the Danbury Westerners, their summer season doesn’t kick off with a ballgame; but with a breakfast.
Often held the morning of or the morning before their first home game, the Celebrity Breakfast has been a get-together between the Danbury Westerners and guests to prepare for the upcoming New England Collegiate Baseball League Summer Season and raise money for the team.
Speeches from the event include a famous baseball-related guest speaker, welcome speeches by the mayor and team president, and the annual presentation of the Michael Seri Award for perpetuating community partnerships, dedication, and sportsmanship on behalf of the Westerners.
“The impact of the Celebrity Breakfast on our organization is immeasurable,” Danbury Westerners President Emeritus Paul Schaffer said, “It is consistently our largest fundraiser, but equally as important, it allows us to present the current year team to the community.”
Past speakers at this event have included current New York Yankees Radio Broadcaster John Sterling, ongoing WFAN Talk Radio Host Steve Somers, and Former Major League Baseball Player and Manager Bobby Valentine. At their last event reiteration in 2019, the team enjoyed having former MLB outfielder Mickey Rivers. Rivers won two World Series with the Yankees in 1977-78, on top of being a one-time American League stolen base leader in 1975 and a one-time all-star in 1976.
The Celebrity Breakfast did not occur in 2020 due to COVID-19, which canceled the 2020 NECBL Season. The NECBL will have a season in 2021; however, the Breakfast will not take place regularly this summer due to crowd restrictions.
The steps could be in motion for a Celebrity Breakfast at a later date. All restrictions have been lifted at the Amber Room in Danbury as of last week. The Amber Room has been the host to 10 of the previous 11 Danbury Westerners Events. However, CDC Guidelines are still in effect as both workers and guests who aren’t fully vaccinated must wear facemasks.
“There will be future breakfasts, and the safety of all our guests is most important,” Danbury Westerners President Emeritus Paul Schaffer said, “I am hopeful we will have the Celebrity Breakfast sometime in 2021, but until it's completely safe to do so it's in everyone's best interest to defer it a little bit longer.”
The first game that the Danbury Westerners host at Rogers Park this season will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 6:30 against the Valley Blue Sox. It will mark 674 days since the Westerners’ last official NECBL game.
]]> (Kyle DeSantis – Ithaca College ’24 – Westerners Journalist Intern) Events Wed, 02 Jun 2021 06:47:46 -0400
Calling All Newtown Dog Owners: June is Dog License Month, Rabies Clinic Planned for June 12!

June is Dog License Month! Dog licenses with a current rabies certificate on file may be renewed online beginning TODAY at the Newtown Town Clerk's office. 

There are several ways to obtain your dog license:

Newtown Dog License Online Registration
First time registering?

By mail
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check made out to the TOWN OF NEWTOWN
Mail to:  Town Clerk’s Office, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470

Located the North entrance of the Municipal Center by the Tax Office


The following documentation is required:
Copy of a current rabies certificate-if not already on file
Copy of spaying or neutering certificate -if first time dog is being licensed

Connecticut Dog License Application

Fees: $8 - spayed/neutered dogs; $19 - unaltered dogs

If you have any questions or require further information please call the Town Clerk’s office 203-270-4210 or email at

Save the date** Rabies Vaccination Clinic on June 12th from 9:00am to 11:00am  at Newtown Municipal Center , 3 Primrose Street


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