The Value of a Town is Driven by a Town's Values

Newtown is an easy sell even in a tough real estate market! But what makes Newtown so great?

As with any town, there are things in our town that we all complain about on a regular basis. Some days it is the budget or the taxes that makes us disgruntled; on other days it’s politics, the schools or the traffic.

However, I am constantly reminded of how many things are really wonderful about this town. I was especially aware of how great this town was last fall when we suffered two very difficult events, a hurricane and then a freak winter storm in October.

During those times, I saw people all over this town reach out to each other with kindness and generosity. Everywhere I went during those stressful days without power, street lights and groceries, I saw people treat each other in a way that makes this community a very unique place to live.

There is nothing hard about “selling” our town to people who come here. Here are a few additional reasons why I love living and working in this special town:

  • $2 movies at
  • Our charming main street with the American flag flying over it
  • The Flagpole “round-about” that teaches us to take our turn
  • Our distinctive newspaper,
  • The wonderful  and annual book sale
  • A rockin’ Labor Day Parade
  • Our engaged local community bank,
  • The luminaries at Christmas time and tree lighting
  • The
  • The
  • The new that grows vegetables for residents in need
  • The that brings local produce to us 

Please add your own…

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Kathy Fetchick March 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I wholeheartedly agree. Here is a newsletter that was put together back in 2009 to add to all of the things great about this town. http://www.newtownrepublicans.org/all-newsletters/2009/rate-quality-of-life
Kevin hickey March 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I second the Flagpole Radio Cafe', they had an awesome show on Saturday that was augmented by LIvingston Taylor.
Michelle March 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I would like to add The Little House That Roared Concert Series. They had their 3rd annual concert this past weekend feat. Tom Chapin, but it is their support of our local singer/songwriter performers that is the true highlight of the show. It's amazing how much talent we have right here in Newtown!! Kudos to them for reminding us every year!
Sarah March 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I don't live in Newtown full time, but when I come back to visit my family, I love going to the Newtown Deli for a turkey melt and always being greeted like I never left.
Sam Mihailoff March 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
In reference to the Flag Pole Café... Jim Allyn is the unsung Pied Piper musician born and raised in Newtown...born with a mandolin & guitar in his paws http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew5DcYibUtI BRAVO JIM...GLAD TO KNOW YA
Barbara Snyder March 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I second the Bravo to Jim. His duet with Livingston Taylor was almost my favorite song of the night.
Edouard Donet March 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Jim Allyn? You mean this Jim Allyn? http://www.newtownrepublicans.org/_/rsrc/1316447298558/all-newsletters/2009/rate-quality-of-life/man%20with%20dogs.jpg?height=286&width=400 Yup - Newtown is overflowing with talent
Hermann Zwergel March 28, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Sounds like you have extensive experience with the rubbing....
G March 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
You seem like a real trendsetter, Edouard. But I'm not sure that would ever catch on in Newtown. Good luck with that in your town!
Sam Mihailoff March 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Edouard... http://flagpoleproductions.org/FRC_Blog/archives/15
Lois Imbriano Barber March 28, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Newtown is a community that cares. So many of our businesses contribute to our nonprofits. We reach out beyond our town borders to help make the world a better place. Our Relay For Life brings in a lot more money than more affluent neighborhoods and is helping find cures for cancer. I hope I can add to that feeling with my Beautiful Baby Photo Contest that is a fundraiser for handicap housing for our nation's young disabled soldiers.
Barbara Snyder March 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Thank you Lois and everyone for sharing more great community events.
Jim Gaston March 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I couldn't agree more with Sam and Barbara, Flag Pole Cafe is phenomenal! Quite the gift to Newtown...and Jim Allyn a jewel! HIs duet with Livingston Taylor, "City Lights" was the best performance I have seen at FPR...and that's saying a heck of a lot because the shows are...well, phenomenal. I saw Jim yesterday at the General Store, he said he found the song only the night before and thought it might work, apparently Livingston and he were going to sing something else. Might work? Quite the understatement. Thanks Jim and all involved in Flag Pole Radio, all the arts contributor, and all those in Newtown who participate, whether in the arts, sports, care giving, public service, etc. and make Newtown Nicer!
gag-on-turkey March 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Newtown puts Cleveland to shame.
gag-on-turkey March 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hey Edouard - are you an imbecile or something? Those dogs aren't even real!
Franklin Smith March 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Bravo! to Sam, Kevin, and Jim and the rest of the "boys" contributing to this thread...we need more of their kind of contributions. It will make Newton one hell of a town!!!
Vinny Muldoon March 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Hey Franklin - this is Connecticut, not Massachusetts - your comment is foolish, and you're making a mockery of this town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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