• R2R Cyclists Take On The Minuteman Challenge (And Connecticut’s Hills)

    Connecticut’s hills proved a good challenge for those riding in this year’s UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Minuteman Challenge, which reached Newtown on day three of its seven-day journey. A convoy of 150 bicyclers, their support teams and escorts arrived in Sandy Hook around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon, taking the bridge from Southbury’s River Road and turning left onto Glen Road. From there, riders traveled to Cherry Street, then picked up Riverside Road for a rest and water stop at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s main station.

  • Theater Review: ‘August: Osage County’ In Ridgefield Even Better Than Original In New York

    If there is one piece of live theater you get to see all year, make it Ridgefield Theater Barn’s August: Osage County. When Tracy Letts’ dark tragic-comedy premiered on Broadway in 2008, it swept all the prizes, prizes, garnering the Pulitzer for that year, along with multiple Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. One woman in the Theater Barn’s lobby the other night was heard to remark: “I saw the original show in New York … and this production’s better!”

  • LLS Light The Night Walks An Ongoing Mission For Local Woman

    The first Light The Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Newtown took place at Newtown High School in the fall of 2009, organized by Sandy Hook Resident Ginny Chion with the help of Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon. While it was the first appearance in her hometown of the annual findraiser for LLS, 2009 marked the seventh year Ms Chion had been involved in organizing teams to walk to support the mission of LLS, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Four years later, Ms Chion continues working to bring awareness about blood cancers through Newtown Light The Night efforts.

  • Family Fun For All At Ice Cream Social

    Families were out in full force to pile on the sweet toppings and participate in activities at the many booths set up behind Trinity Episcopal Church during an ice cream social hosted by Ben’s Lighthouse on August 31. Ferris Acres Creamery provided ice cream, a portion of which it donated, and the scoops were served by town officials, teachers, coaches, emergency responders, and clergy. There were smiles all around as children engaged in fun-filled therapeutic activities through a variety of vehicles, such as art, music, juggling, petting Pet Partners Therapy Dogs and, of course, eating ice cream.

  • Snapshot: Betsy Gaier

    A weekly profile of a local resident.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • A Patch Of Sun On Riverside Road

    Riverside Road resident Brian Haag gave up on vegetable gardening when “everything got eaten,” he said, and instead planted a sunflower patch two years ago. “I never grew them before and they look pretty,” he said of a patch he planted again this year. “Everyone going by seems to enjoy them.” He planted them from seed during the first week of June, a slight delay since “we still had some cold nights in May.” Unlike two years ago when the hurricane “took them down,” this year’s batch, he said, ranges from taller to shorter, and from pale yellows to deep rust colors.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Memorial Fund Donations Replace Birthday Gifts

    In lieu of gifts, Claire Fiordelisi asked for donations to the Sandy Hook Family Memorial fund for her tenth birthday on August 14. The fund, started by residents Christine and Kevin Yacko and their son Thomas, is raising money for a memorial that will serve “as a quiet place to go or where we can share thoughts,” Kevin Yacko said this week. Claire met with the Yackos this week to present her $95 donation for their efforts. The couple, in return, shared a computer rendering of the stone memorial and small sitting area they have envisioned.

  • 'We Are Newtown - Marching Strong': A Parade Prediction Come True

    What's a little rain - when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, parade goers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder. But Mother Nature took mercy on the hundreds of friends and families lining the parade route from the top of Main Street to its finish on Queen Street, holding off her downpour until the final moments of the parade. A brief mid-parade shower had umbrellas blossooming like flowers, only to be quickly put away when the sun decided to play hide-n-seek. Prior to the 10 am start of the parade, feelings along the parade route ran from exuberant to tentative. "It's a community feel," was a common sentiment voiced, with one gentleman saying he thought more people were turning out to support the town as much as to watch the parade.