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  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Great Pootatuck Duck Race Chair: The Race Will Go On, Rain Or Shine

    It’s a good thing ducks like water. The Great Pootatuck Duck Race may set a record tomorrow. If the rain continues the way it is being predicted, the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center will be moving pretty quickly on Saturday, May 25. Granted, it will be thousands of rubber ducks going for a swim at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, but they may make the swim from the Church Hill Road bridge to the Dayton Street bridge in record time. Duck Race Chairman Bob Schmidt says the ducks are going for that race, rain or shine.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Grows With Donations From Newtown

    The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Donation Center at 127 South Main Street opened in March, and donation center attendant Mike Thomas said that he is “real happy” with the response the collection center has generated in Newtown. From a first week count of 27 donors, that number has rapidly grown. In the final week in April, Mr Thomas said, 119 people had stopped by to donate everything from clothing and shoes to children’s bicycles, furniture, games, and more. “We are seeing a lot of repeat customers, and that’s a good thing,” Mr Thomas said. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization matching children between the ages of 6 and 15 with a volunteer mentor at least 18 years of age or older. The “Bigs” as they are known, are asked to commit to meeting once a week, twice a month, or once a month with their “Littles” for three to five hours at a time, for a year. The one-on-one mentoring program provides at-risk children with positive role models, and is supported by professionals that offer guidance.

  • Newtown Residents Find Their Hobby Is More Than Rocket Science — It’s A Blast!

    The usually placid Gill Corn Farm in Hurley, N.Y., an expansive cornfield in the southern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, was alive with the sights and sounds of rocket engines during Connecticut Rocket Association’s (CTRA) bimonthly rocket launch on Saturday, May 4. Powerful rockets, some exceeding eight feet in length, ripped off the launching pads with a roar and reached heights of up to 6,000 feet before floating safely back down to earth with the aid of parachutes. Approximately 30 spectators, many of them members of CTRA, and among them a few residents of Newtown, watched scores of adrenaline-producing launches from a dirt road that cut through the field.

  • Rocketry Jargon Explained

    This is a sidebar to James Dietter's feature about local model rocket enthusiasts, "Newtown Residents Find Their Hobby Is More Than Rocket Science — It’s A Blast!" Like any specialized discipline, model rocketry has developed its own lexicon.

  • Muddy Angels Make A Special Stop In Newtown

    Dana Sellner of Minnesota stood on the curb near Edmond Town Hall Wednesday afternoon, repeating: “The turn is here” to the many bicyclists coming off Main Street following their trip from Waterbury.Remarking on the ride that morning she said, “They have climbed a lot of hills in the past couple of days.” Wednesday afternoon saw more than 80 of the roughly 140 registrants taking part in all or some of the Muddy Angels National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) from Maine to Pennsylvania (see MuddyAngels.com for more information).The long-distance cycling event honors EMTs and paramedics who have become sick or injured while performing...

  • Lake-To-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run To Benefit Disabled Ski Group

    The Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers will take to the land for an inaugural Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride and Poker Run on Sunday, May 26, rain or shine. “We have been thinking of different ways to raise funds,” said Leaps of Faith President ...

  • One Good Turn Deserves Another

    Newtown resident Kim Calbo remembers how nice it was, after 12/14, to walk into a local restaurant or coffee shop and discover that a complete stranger — sometimes from across the country — was picking up the tab that day for anyone who ordered food or drinks.

  • Flagpole Radio Café Returned With Music, Humor, And Christine Lavin For A Receptive Audience

    Toe-tapping and touching music, humor cornball and otherwise filled Edmond Town Hall Theatre Saturday evening, May 18, as The Flagpole Radio Café returned to the stage for the first time in a year to a warm and receptive audience. Musical guest artist singer-songwriter Christine Lavin — a self-described “full-service performer” — conducted a knitting circle with several local knitters before the show and distributed 100 pairs of glass-keepers (plastic devices attached to the earpieces that keep glasses from moving around, a new favorite of hers) while meeting fans and signing autographs afterward, in addition to entertaining the appreciative audience with her humorous, touching and, at times, thought-provoking songs.

  • Theater Review: Drama And Humor In Westport’s "Dining Room"

    Written thirty years ago, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room wrapped a season opening production at Westport Country Playhouse on May 19. The work richly explores the territory he has carved out and claimed as his own: the vanishing traditions of the American WASP, a social class who sent their sons to prep schools and their daughters to cotillions, who drank cocktails at the country club, and who wore ties and jackets to dinner in a dining room where they were waited on by uniformed maids who served lavish meals prepared by temperamental cooks.