The 12.14 Foundation is well into rehearsals for two productions that will be presented at Newtown High School next month. The world premiere of "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream," a new musical version of Shakespeare’s story adapted by Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar, with a score by Mr Svejcar, will be performed August 1-10. The regional premiere of "101 Dalmatians: the Musical" will be performed almost simultaneously, August 6-10.
Town Players of Newtown will continue its summer of laughs with a special four-show production of "Fully Committed" by Becky Mode, who has created a show for those who love the hilarity of fast-paced farces. "Fully Committed" follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an “in between gigs” actor who takes reservations at Manhattan’s hottest restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics — a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their quest to land a prime reservation (or the right table). Todd Santa Maria of Cheshire is playing the wildly diverse characters in the one-man tour de farce.
State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials this week provided more details on their plans to improve a 1,100-foot-long section of Church Hill Road, including realigning the broadly offset intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road to make it a conventional four-way signalized intersection. Six DOT officials attended a July 22 informational session to answer questions on the approximately $4 million construction project, which is slated to start in April 2016. Approximately 20 people attended the session, about half of whom were local officials, with affected property owners also present. [read more]
Dave Stowe, vice chairman of Newtown Action Alliance, joined more than 50 Newtown, Sandy Hook, and area residents in Greenwich on Monday, July 21, where at least an additional 150 people gathered to protest the appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Gov Christie was was fundraising in the Bell Haven area of Greenwich for Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. “Christie, just a few weeks back, had the audacity to refuse to meet with Sandy Hook families saying that he was too busy and then, after making sure that they had left, he quickly vetoed a bill which would have reduced the legal magazine capacity for firearms in New Jersey from 15 to 10,” said Mr Stowe, who estimated Monday's demonstration attracted between 200 and 250 people.
The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall. In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.
DANBURY – A single-engine 1984 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane crashed near Danbury Municipal Airport on the evening of Thursday, July 24.
The airplane was approaching Runway 35 from the south for a landing, when for some unknown reason, it failed to reach the runway and crash-landed in a pond within a swamp off Miry Brook Road, about one-quarter mile south of the airport, officials said.
Steven Rogers, spokesman for the Danbury Fire Department, declined to identify the pilot who was alone in the airplane when the crash occurred.
The identification number posted on the airplane’s fuselage indicates that it is owned by Lionel G. Brown of Newtown, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
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