Newtown residents have reported multiple sightings — and hearings— of coyotes and coyote packs to The Newtown Bee in recent weeks. With recent news reports of dogs in Southington attacked by coyotes as their owner walked them on a trail, some people are anxious. Dr Debra Weisman, co-founder and chief medical officer of Newtown Veterinary Specialists, cautioned residents recently. Animal Control Officer Carolee Mason has not received a lot of calls about coyote packs yet this spring, but she is not surprised that more than one concerned resident has contacted The Bee about coyote presence in town. She believes the local coyote presence is greater this year than it has been in previous years.
When Marcia Taylor sits at the pottery wheel in her home studio, her view from the large windows overlooks a wooded cliff, where trees and shrubs spill downhill and birds flit from birdhouses to branches. The sounds and sights of nature, from which the Hawleyville artist has always drawn inspiration, surround her. On the wall above the wheel, whether the wheel is spinning or Ms Taylor is seated at her worktable hand crafting and sculpting detail work for her pottery, hangs a sign that reads “Play Dirty.” Pottery is the means through which Ms Taylor “plays dirty,” and visitors to Art & Frame of Danbury, in the Route 6 Plaza at 60 Newtown Road, can view the results of her dirty play until June 7. Ms Taylor is one of three women featured in “State Of Wonder.” The exhibition also offers paintings by Nancy Moore and fiber art by Ellen Schiffman.
Philip King’s "See How They Run," written in the 1940s, was considered a farce because its plot requires the frequent use of four doors, a chest, and mistaken identities. What makes it different from the French style of farce which inspired many other British entertainments, its characters are not up to any kind of hanky panky — that is, they are not practicing, nor attempting to practice, adultery, or trying to pull a fast one on the government by making false claims for welfare benefits. Instead, "See How They Run" features a cast of characters reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Saint Mary’s Mead (minus the sharp-eyed insights of Miss Marple). The work is in production at The Sherman Playhouse until May 18, and it is a pleasant, amusing show with good performances by the local cast.
Every now and then the Town Players of Newtown mount a production that is as fine as any regional theater in the area, and as good as any of the professional companies in Hartford or New Haven. Such is the case with their current production of Tennessee Williams’s "The Glass Menagerie," which has been chosen to open the 2014 season at The Little Theatre. Director Marla Manning is getting bravura performances from a top notch cast in this play which, when it was first staged in 1944, established Williams as a major voice in American theater. By all means go to see this one. It’s local, it’s cheap, and it’s really really good!
May 3 will bring good news for dog lovers. On that day at 11 am, Newtown’s off-leash dog park will celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the recently constructed facility on Old Farm Road below the Second Company Governor’s Horse facility. The park will not be open to the public until then. Based on the feedback she has heard from the public, Assistant Director of Recreation RoseAnn Reggiano said, “People can’t wait. Cannot wait.” The park, construction of which began in mid-2013, includes benches, a fountain, water features, agility equipment, and more. On Saturday morning guests with dogs should enter the park with their dogs leashed. After a brief ribbon cutting and a few words from town officials, guests can let the dogs go in groups, rather than all at once Ms Reggiano said. The park will be officially open to the public at that time.
Gary Fillion motored away from his dock and cut across Lake Zoar, taking his Beagle for her daily ride on Friday, April 25.
She may like to watch the waves, but Mr Fillion, who serves as Lake Zoar Authority (LZA) vice chairman, was out on business. Heading upriver toward the Glen Road bridge (referred to locally as “The Silver Bridge”) that connects Sandy Hook and Southbury, a white buoy appeared in the water closer to the Newtown shore. The white pillar — jutting up about two feet from the water’s surface — is one of 13 placed in areas where there are obstructions in the water that could pose danger to unsuspecting boaters.
It was 1997 when Newtown Bee reporter and web designer Andrea Zimmermann and then-managing editor, now editor, Curtiss Clark decided to mentor a new generation of reporters. None of the “interns” were yet enrolled in journalism school. As a matter of fact, some of the new writers were not yet enrolled in first grade. “Kids! Write Book Reviews For The Newtown Bee!” announced the initiative on the Just For Kids page. “Book reviews written by you and your friends will appear every week in the newspaper and on The Newtown Bee Internet pages,” the young Hemingways were told. More than three dozen boys and girls from Newtown, and even one young lady from Idaho, accepted the offer. The Newtown Bee wondered recently whether the experience had an impact on their lives.