• ‘Kindness’ Visitor Arrives For Ben’s Bells Opening In Bethel

    Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22. It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza. Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work. Ben’s Bells is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.

  • ‘Where We Walk’ — Book Of Poetry Is A Journey Inside A Writer’s Heart

    Between the covers of Sydney Eddison’s recently published book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems rooted in the soil of New England, readers will find words steeped in the familiar. “It’s very local, because I’ve been inspired by all the places in Newtown,” said Ms Eddison, Tuesday, August 18. “Fairfield Hills, Holcomb Hill, all of those places have inspired me,” she said, as well as her beloved homestead, where she has put down her own roots, the past 54 years. “My gardens have been here for 54 years, and I adore this house,” Ms Eddison said, looking out over her yard from the kitchen table where she writes. Ms Eddison is the well-known Newtown author of seven books on gardening.

  • 30th Holiday Festival Will Continue Important Fundraising Efforts For NYFS

    Organizers of the 30th Newtown Holiday Festival are hoping that guests of the December 6 event will not only have a great time at events for all ages, but will remember the reason the festival was created: as a major fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Read On! — Connecticut Horse Magazine Is Launched

    There’s a new horse magazine in the barn! Connecticut Horse launched this summer with its first bimonthly issue. A sister publication to the 15-year-old Massachusetts Horse, the brainchild of Publisher Stephanie Sanders, will publish its second issue at the end of August. Up until last year, Editor Karena Garrity was freelancing horse articles when she had an idea.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • Snapshot: Julie Mack

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Field Notes: Navigating The Thicket Of Survival, Quick Like A Bunny

    Rabbits showed up at our place for the first time this summer from I don’t know where.We live at an intersection, not just of two roads but of fields, forest, and suburban lawns. We’ve had all kinds of wildlife pass through over the years, from tiny toads to cruising coyotes. The newcomer rabbits turned up first at the far edge of the yard, darting in and out of the unruly grape vines that overwhelmed a rhododendron there, moving like shy but curious children, who venture only so far from their cover in the pleats of mother’s skirt.

  • Newtown Photographer To Show Her ‘Coastal Colors’

    Through Thursday, October 24, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting seven exhibitions in public and private spaces in Danbury and Bethel. Accessible Art is a “year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions joining business with art,” according to information provided by Cultural Alliance. The project allows artists to show their works in alternative spaces, making them more available to the general public. Among the seven artists taking part in the August-September Accessible Art exhibits is Hawleyville photographer Tara Tomaselli. “Coastal Colors” is a show of 12 of Ms Tomaselli’s photographs highlighting the primary colors of coastal scenery in New England. “Coastal Colors” consists of images that identify with New England, she said. The collection will be on view in the front lobby of Visual Impact, a framing, printing and graphic display company located at 12 Finance Drive in Danbury.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Headliners Encourage ‘Back To Balance’

    Headlining the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 22, will be two award-winning authors and nationally recognized doctors: Dr Patricia Gerbarg and Dr Richard Brown. Partners in work and life, Dr Gerbarg and Dr Brown, of Kingston, N.Y., with offices in Manhattan, will present the afternoon workshop for ages 16 and up, “Back to Balance: Yoga, Meditation, and Tools for Cultivating a Stress-Free Life." Returning to NYA Sports & Fitness Center for the third year, this month's event will once again offer seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.