• The Way We Were

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

  • Resiliency Skills, And Fun, All Part Of Camp Noah

    Nearly 60 children participated in Camp Noah, July 15–19, which offered resiliency buildings skills hidden among the arts and crafts projects, story times, skits, and other light-hearted offerings. A group of 25 Penn State students; Pastor David Hershey, the chaplain for Penn State; and four LSSM staff members traveled to Newtown to present Camp Noah. The group arrived on Saturday, July 13, and met with local parents and others who briefed them on 12/14 and Newtown within 24 hours. The camp’s curriculum contains materials and activities for five days. Each day builds on the previous day, and gives each child the space and time necessary to tell their stories, building resiliency skills.

  • ‘Seussical: The Musical’ Nearing Performance Time

    Like the students who quickly went from sight reading the song “Green Eggs and Ham” to singing it within a matter of minutes on Tuesday, July 30, Seussical: The Musical is coming together for performances on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, and the afternons of Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11, at Newtown Middle School. The show was chosen as the inaugural production of the 12.14 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Newtown. The three main forces behind “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook,” which took place in January in Waterbury -- Director Michael Unger, Musical Director Jeffrey Saver and Tony Award-winner Van Dean -- have reprised their roles for this production.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge To Return To Main Street

    It may be the middle of summer, but one Newtown High School student is already thinking about pumpkins. Rising Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page is planning to issue her yearly challenge to Newtown again this fall, in the hopes that the Great Pumpkin Challenge will enhance the tradition of celebrating Halloween on Main Street. This will mark the third year Mackenzie has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home on Main Street, and offer a donation. All donations received this year will be forwarded to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

  • Fair Weather Helped Thousands Groove At This Year’s Gathering Of The Vibes

    In 1996, the Gathering of the Vibes was originally conceived as a one-off tribute concert to memorialize fallen Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia. But much like the members of that seminal American rock and roll outfit, the Vibes has continued, growing into a destination festival that for the past few years, has taken up residence in Bridgeport’s beautiful Seaside Park. And while the songs and spirit of the Dead were never far off the radar for the musicians, vendors and attendees, this year was also a big year for Mick Jagger, who turned 70 last weekend and was the subject of numerous musical tributes by the many bands that graced the festival’s three stages at any point during the July 25-28 presentation. Another influential rocker, J.J. Cale, was also on the minds of many musicians as news of his passing on July 26 spread throughout the vibes community.

  • Theater Review: A Brilliant Offering Continues Goodspeed’s Golden Anniversary Season

    Audiences have a chance to enjoy a splendid production of the show at Goodspeed, as part of the Opera House’s 50th anniversary celebration. As usual, this small house with the huge vision has pulled out all the stops: Adrian W. Jones’ great visual scenic design, Wade Laboissoniere’s wonderful costuming, and Kelli Barclay’s choreography are all typical of the technical perfectionism Goodspeed is known for. Add to that some terrific acting in both the principal and ensemble roles and you have a clear winner.

  • Ben's Lighthouse Took Newtown Spirit To Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

    For five days last week, 19 Newtown teenagers worked through 100-degree Oklahoma heat, dodged powerful thunderstorms, avoided rattlesnakes, scorpions and other creatures foreign to most New Englanders, and endured cold showers and ad hoc sleeping arrangements.  They did this all in the attempt to provide help to people and towns ravaged by the tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma over 12 days in May. The July 21-26 trip, sponsored by Ben’s Lighthouse and funded by generous donations from people within and outside of Newtown, brought these teens and five chaperones together with about 80 others from youth groups from Michigan, Florida, Idaho, Arizona, Illinois and Colorado to engage in physically demanding and emotionally draining work. The participants were assigned to crews and tasked with jobs that included clearing fallen trees, debris removal, roof repair, demolition, construction framing, and drywall installation. In many cases, the residents being helped were living in tents or in damaged homes while waiting for repairs to be done.

  • Two More Opportunities To Catch Inaugural Summer Jam Concerts

    Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience participation. The next concert in the series will be Wednesday, July 31, featuring Robert The Guitar Guy. The season finalé will be August 7, with Zak Morgan. Concerts begin at 12:30 at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, and are free of charge. Picnics are welcome, and attendees should bring blankets or low chairs for seating.

  • A Glimpse Of The Garden: Waterfall Garden Is A Labor Of Love

    “A Glimpse Of The Garden” is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener’s work — a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory. Chris Lincoln, who set out to create a little piece of tranquility three summers ago, feels some bit of pride in knowing that her gardens are the works of her own hands.

  • Nourishments: A Berry Nice Summer

    My vegetable garden is struggling this year. Peas and lettuce were late and now are bolting in the heat. The beans leapt out of the soil and have continued and wrapping tendrils around the nearby tomatoes, instead of the poles provided. The tomatoes are unhappy with the cold and rainy start to the season, and the wet conditions that have followed. Zucchinis… well, there are blossoms. However, nature has provided me with a bountiful harvest of blackberries this year. Where grass segues into brush and then into woods, blackberry bushes trim our backyard. Randomly admiring the view one day last week, I was stunned to realize that the bushes were heavy with ripe fruit. In just minutes, a pint container was brimming over, my finger tips were purple, and only one bramble was embedded in my thumb.