Newfield Notes

A journey back to 300 B.C. at the Johnson Museum


In a vibrant display of historical immersion, Newfield Public Library recently hosted a workshop in collaboration with the Johnson Museum of Art. On Jan. 10, participants were transported back in time to 300 B.C. The Johnson Museum is renowned for its extensive collection, particularly its Asian galleries and rotating exhibitions. It is a hub of educational and cultural activities, regularly […]

Newfield Town Planning Board discusses comprehensive plan and solar development project


In a pivotal start to the new year, the Newfield Planning Board convened Jan. 3 at the town hall. The meeting, marking the first of the year, centered on key projects set to impact the community in the upcoming months. The planning board is currently examining Newfield’s comprehensive plan, which the Newfield Town Board adopted Sept. 12. Building on a […]

Fundraising event helps family affected by Newfield fire


In Newfield, a recent house fire left residents Leslie and four children in need. To help, Matthew VanEtten, owner of Memory Lanes bowling alley in Groton, organized a fundraiser. “We’re wrapping up a fundraiser for the victims of a fire who lost everything just before Christmas,” said VanEtten. The fundraiser included a raffle for tickets to the Dec. 31 Bills […]

Newfield planning board welcomes new member


On Oct. 11, the town of Newfield’s website announced a vacancy on its planning board. The process to join the planning board involved filling out an application, which was reviewed by both the town board and the planning board. The position was recently filled by Erwin (Tom) Heffron.  Heffron is a 2021 graduate of Ithaca College and a Newfield resident. […]

Town Comprehensive Plan under review by Newfield Planning Board


During the Dec. 6 Newfield Planning Board meeting, Tompkins County Legislative Representative Randy Brown reported that Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is making a  strategic shift to rehabilitate homes in rural areas, extending beyond its urban housing focus. Communities are encouraged to identify at least five residences needing repairs, regardless of their occupancy status, and submit those properties to INHS […]

The Polar Express comes alive in Newfield


On Dec. 1, Newfield welcomed a unique holiday event that transformed the season into a living storybook. The Polar Express, a magical train ride experience inspired by the beloved children’s book, was brought to life by Ken Serfass, a seasoned storyteller and train conductor. Serfass, known for his work as Ulysses S. Grant during history talks, found December to be […]

Enhancing Newfield connections through communications project


Community engagement and seamless communication have taken center stage with the inception of the Newfield Communications Project. Spearheaded by Newfield Public Library Director Sue Chaffee and a dedicated group of community members, this project, which originated as a library initiative in 2021, has evolved into a comprehensive endeavor encompassing various facets of Newfield life.  The project, which began because getting […]

Newfield’s touching ceremony for veterans


On Saturday, Nov. 11, the town of Newfield came together to honor its veterans and unveil a new memorial plaque behind Newfield Town Hall dedicated to those who served in World War I and World War II. The event was hosted at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in tribute to the signing of the […]

Newfield Middle School presents ‘Finding Nemo Jr.’


Excitement filled the air as final critiques and changes were made before the opening night of the Newfield Middle School production of “Finding Nemo Jr.” The musical took place on Nov. 3 and 4 in the Newfield High School auditorium. The Middle School Drama Club, made up of sixth to eighth graders, has been hard at work since September to […]


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