Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, the March 8 evening movie screening at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started this monthly offer in January 2013. The company has arranged for one free movie screening at 45 Main Street each month. This weekend’s feature is "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the latest offering in Director Peter Jackson’s version of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic story.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Shauna Shane painting in pastel at its next meeting-program, on Wednesday, March 12. Her subject will be a figure. The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. A professional painter for more than 34 years, Ms Shane is represented in collections in the US and around the world, including the governor’s portrait in the State Capitol in Helena, Montana. Selected in 2010 as Resident Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Ms Shane began her career as Resident Artist at Yellowstone National Park. She is Signature Member of Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Elected Artist Member of Lyme Art Association and CT Plein Air Society.
Garner Correctional Institution, the state Department of Correction’s (DOC) high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road, which opened in 1992, now has its sixth warden, a man who served as a deputy warden there before being promoted late last year.Henry Falcone, 51, who grew up in Bridgeport, is the new warden. Warden Falcone became a captain when he was assigned to Garner in 2006. He then became a deputy warden there in 2011. Earlier in his career, he had worked at Bridgeport Correctional Center. he 22-year DOC veteran notes that there is a clear difference in pace at the two DOC units. The urban Bridgeport facility has a fast pace of activity, while the suburban Newtown facility has a slower pace. Among the warden's broad responsibilities is overseeing operations at the 245,000-square-foot Garner CI, where 530 male inmates were incarcerated on March 4. Of that number, 312 men were mental health inmates, 197 were general population prisoners, and 21 were in the prison’s youth development unit. [read more]
Every hour of March 7 could prove to be beneficial for area non-profits. Residents can support more than 300 organizations, including a number of Newtown-based groups, just by browsing the web and getting involved in Fairfield County Giving Day, which runs for 24 hours on Friday, March 7. The online fundraising initiative was launched by the Fairfield County Community Foundation in collaboration with Bank of America. Fairfield County Community Foundation Communications Manager Jeff Yates explained that Giving Days “have been successful in galvanizing the community into supporting non-profits.” Held elsewhere in the state and country in past years, this is the first Fairfield County Giving Day. The 24-hour donation window “gets the community to focus on supporting non profits,” he said. Ten Newtown non-profits have registered for in the event.
Final preparations were under way at the C.H. Booth Library this week, as staff worked long hours to prepare for the reopening of the library, Saturday, March 8, at 9:30 am. The library has been closed since flooding from broken sprinkler pipes caused extensive damage the afternoon of Saturday, January 4.“I think we are ready,” said Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber, Wednesday morning. Patrons will find all computer services up and running and familiar services available. Reconfigured spaces will provide a more natural flow, said Ms Weber, and newly painted walls, woodwork, and new carpeting will give a fresh look to the library.The temporary information desk at the Edmond Town Hall has been closed in order to prepare for the library reopening. All forms that were located there have been moved to third floor Reference Department.
The 57th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St John's Episcopal Church took place on March 7. Guests of all ages dined on pancakes, country-style sausage, and applesauce in the undercroft of the Sandy Hook church. Approximately 60 dinners were served this year before a water problem caused an early close to the yearly event. Nevertheless, those who did have dinner in the church's gathering hall seemed happy with their meals.
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