• A Return To Grandeur For A Historic Main Street Property

    In renovating the building at the corner of West and Main Streets, the history of the property has been a priority for developers Chris Wilson and Chris Hottois, of Flint Ridge Development, LLC, in Monroe. Commonly known as “the Chase Building,” the structure was “a mess,” said Mr Hottois, when the partners purchased the building two years ago, and began restoration. “When we acquired this building, it was in really tough shape,” Mr Hottois said, adding there was little indication that any maintenance had been performed in the past 50 years. “You name it, it needed to be replaced,” agreed Mr Wilson. From floorboards to rafters, the building has slowly been brought up to code and returned to its dignified beauty of an earlier era.

  • A Night To Shine With The Stars

    Newtown Middle School eighth grader Cooper McLaughlin returned home Sunday, September 20, with stars in his eyes and stars on his mind — famous stars, that is, like actor Alec Baldwin, comic Jim Gaffigan, actor/director Jim Naughton, and Broadway performer Cody Williams. Mr Baldwin and the others were among the big names with whom Cooper had the pleasure of working and hob-nobbing with, from Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 19, as one of 11 young people from the region selected to perform at the annual Fandango Benefit Gala at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in Ashford, Conn.

  • Massive ‘MEGA Body’ Heading To Newtown Next Weekend For Health Fair

    It’s hard for kids, or adults for that matter, to really understand what the dentist is doing in there when they’re working intently filling a cavity. And what the heck does asthma look like from inside your lungs? These and many other questions about the incredible interworkings going on inside us will be answered by MEGA Body, the 50-foot-long special guest that will be on hand at Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Safety Fair — a free community health showcase and informational event, set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The exciting free exhibit, says co-chair Donna Culbert, is a wonderful way for anyone to experience the inner workings of various systems and individual parts of their bodies all at once, including how cavities form in your teeth and how asthma affects the lungs.

  • Going Retro

    Golden Opportunities hosted a special Retro Fest program at Nunnawauk Meadows last week, when residents were invited to dress in the style of their favorite era for some dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. The VonZells provided the entertainment, performing music from the 40s to the 70s. The September 17 event also included a roast beef dinner, a trivia game, and more dancing. Nunnawauk Meadows Executive Director Linda Manganaro said “the whole dance floor was filled” after dinner.

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  • Choose Love Concert Series Begins In Sandy Hook Center

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity kicked off its 2nd Annual Choose Love Outdoor Concert Series on Saturday, September 19, with a performance by The Midlife Crisis at the Sandy Hook Village Green.As the band performed, some event goers — like children Jessup Burton and Isaac and Andres St Georges — danced. Other attendees sat in provided chairs set up on the green, and others found space to lounge in the shade.

  • Field Notes: The Autumnal Equinox

    We live upon a spinning top perched upon the twirling lariat of a great cowboy riding in circles. Yet none of us feels particularly dizzy. But how our heads do spin! In case you didn’t notice, the sun slipped into the Southern Hemisphere on Wednesday to deliver the blessings of spring and then summer to all things living below the equatorial belt. Those of us left in the bending light of its wake must now bank wood in our sheds, stock soup in our freezers, and books in our Kindles and shelves for the coming months of darkening and decrease.

  • Concert Review: Gailfean Newtown Debut ‘A Fantastic Show’

    Gailfean means “rough weather” in Irish Gaelic, so it might be called a happy irony that their first concert at Newtown Meeting House took place on a mild, lovely Saturday evening. However pleasant the weather outside, the music inside was even better, and the latest in the series of concerts put on by Fairfield County-based Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society was a rousing success.