Newtown Today

Meridian Ridge offers homeowners the tranquility of country life with all the amenities of a flourishing community.

Transportation

  • Situated less than three minutes from I-84, Meridian Ridge is centrally located: only ten minutes to Danbury and 45 minutes to Stamford or White Plains.
  • Train service to New York City is available from the Brewster station 20 minutes away.
  • Three international airports, Bradley, New York’s Kennedy and LaGuardia, are all within 1½ hours. Several smaller airports are nearby.

Community Resources

Nearby places of worship for almost all faiths, welcoming fitness and exercise clubs and world-class medical facilities are all readily available to the residents of Meridian Ridge. Danbury Hospital, with its complete range of specialists and state-of-the-art medical care, is only fifteen minutes away. The famed Yale-New Haven Hospital and New Milford Hospital’s Columbia Presbyterian Cancer Center are also easily accessible.

Outdoor Activities

Bordered by Lake Lillinonah, and home to State forests, nature centers and conservation land trusts, Newtown residents enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, horseback riding and more. Dickson and Treadwell Parks offer amenities that include playground areas, baseball and softball diamonds, regulation soccer fields, and basketball and tennis courts. Both Town parks have swimming pools. Treadwell boasts a swimming pool complex featuring an eight lane, 25-yard pool with a diving board and wading pool. Both parks have pavilions available for private use.

Shopping

Newtown is brimming with countless charming shops and boutiques for that special purchase, but also offers shopping centers with national chain stores such as TJ Maxx, Toy Works, Dress Barn and several national grocers. Newtown is within 30 minutes of many shopping malls such as The Stamford Town Center, West Farms Mall, Trumbull Mall, Waterbury Mall and nearby Danbury Fair Mall, with store ranging from Saks to Sears!

Dining

Fine cuisine can be found at many Newtown establishments. Whether you prefer American fare or ethnic dining such as Thai, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian or Greek, it can all be enjoyed in Newtown, where many of these restaurants and inns have won national recognition for their outstanding food and fine wines.

Cultural Offerings

Interested in history? Art? Music? Professional sports? World-class offerings are close at hand. Visit the Charles Ives Center for national music talent or take the kids to the Norwalk Maritime Center or Beardsley Zoo. And there is so much more! If you prefer to stay in town, the Edmond Town Hall Movie Theater is always a thrifty favorite among residents. Or, join the Town Players for an evening of live theater performance at the Orchard Hill Theatre. Newtown has an active Historical Society, which sponsors many events throughout the year for all age groups. And, of course, New York City always beckons…

The Newtown School System

A truly fine education awaits your children.

  • Performance on Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): June 2001, Combined Math and Verbal Average Score: 1077
  • 2000–2001 Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil (NCEP): $8,094

Public Schools

Even in a state renowned for its quality public education, Newtown schools stand out nationally. The International Reading Association recently awarded Hawley Elementary School an Exemplary Reading Program award, while the newly constructed Reed Intermediate School is a state-of-the-art facility. Newtown High School has received the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence and an “Academy Award” for its NTV channel 17 cable broadcast program.

Private Schools

For those interested in private education, Newtown hosts two private elementary schools: Fraser-Woods Montessori School (18 mos. – grade 8), and Saint Rose Parochial School (K-8). Several private high schools and preparatory schools are located in surrounding towns: Immaculate High School, Fairfield Prep., Wooster School, Canterbury School and Greens Farms Academy are all less than ½ hour away. Many dance studios, music schools, martial arts academies and other specialty schools are also located conveniently in Newtown.

Higher Education

Higher education is available through Western Connecticut State University in Danbury (10 minutes away), and at many other prestigious schools within an hour’s drive, including Yale University, Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut.

History

Tracing the establishment of the 20 school districts can provide some ideas of how fast the settlements grew. By 1738 the population around Taunton Lake was large enough to demand its own school. Ten years later the areas of Zoar in the east and Land’s End to the north had also prospered and grown to the point of needing a school. In 1748 Palestine wanted its own school, and by 1755 Hanover had joined the group. Thus, by 1760 there were seven schools including two in the village itself.

By 1794, the number of schools in Newtown had grown to 19. (Walnut Tree High School was not established until 1866.) Although the old school districts were abolished in the 1920s, their names have survived and are still used to designate different areas of the town. The little communities with engaging names such as Dodgingtown, Lake George, Hanover, Hattertown and Head O’Meadow are all fossils of the settlement patterns as well as quaint reminders of our agricultural past.

Newtown Facts

  • POPULATION: 25,032
  • AREA: 60 square miles
  • GOVERNMENT: Board of Selectman/Town Meeting
  • INCORPORATED: 1711
  • DISTANCE TO MAJOR CITIES:
    • Hartford: 40 miles
    • Boston: 133 miles
    • New York City: 61 miles
    • Providence: 100 miles

The Settlement of Newtown

The settlement of Newtown began in 1708 when 36 men petitioned the Colony’s General Assembly for permission to settle a town in an area north of Stratford. These 36 “petition proprietors” were the first real settlers of Newtown. The term “proprietors” had a specific meaning in Colonial Connecticut. It defined the inhabitants of a town who owned its common land and were entitled to share in its division when the town chose to put that land into private hands.

Coming primarily from the towns of Stratford and Milford, the men were in their late twenties or thirties. Most were farmers, second and third generation English immigrants who were finding the coastal areas cramped.

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