• Resident Wins Top Honors, Again, At National SkillsUSA Competition

    Newtown resident Adell Mastro returned to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the third time this year, with a competition quilt in hand. And for the third consecutive year, Ms Mastro returned home knowing that her handiwork earned the largest amount of money to support SkillsUSA through the annual conference auction. Ms Mastro’s quilt this year was called “Finding Your Way.” Its theme was tools, and each square had to do with “various tools or trade organizations,” she said. A mariner’s compass was the focal point of the front of the piece, which also included a lot of red, white and blue. Dedicated to 12/14, the back of the quilt featured a pattern with six hearts surrounded by another 20 hearts. A dedication square on the work included notes about using a compass to find one’s way, “whether to go home or on an adventure,” Ms Mastro explained. A green and white ribbon was pinned to the dedication square. The quilt was purchased by the same woman from Texas who has won Ms Mastro’s quilts through auction the past two years.

  • A Good Day For Fresh Peppers

    Admiring the bell peppers’ rich, dark color, Grace Pisano purchased her produce Tuesday, August 6, at The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center bagged the peppers for Ms Pisano. Also for sale in the Sandy Hook farm's booth were were baskets spilling over with eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and fresh fruit. Elsewhere on the sunny afternoon, shoppers had their picks of fresh fruit, succulents and other plants, baked goods, lemonade, and even caramel corn.

  • Snapshot: Liz Robert

    A weekly profile of a Newtown resident.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • Newtown Labor Day Parade Calls For Celebration And Recognition

    The focus of the 2013 Annual Labor Day Parade will be one on providing the town with “an avenue of celebration,” said Labor Day Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell, Monday, August 5, as preparations for the September 2 parade were being finalized. “We want to make the parade as traditional as it has been in the past,” said Ms Caldwell. Still, the committee recognizes the need to acknowledge the impact of 12/14 on Newtown. “The parade will honor our first responders and all that makes Newtown special,” she said.

  • A Glimpse of the Garden: A Love Of Plants And Plants To 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. What is down the garden path of your friends and neighbors? What is down your garden path? This week we meet Barbara O'Connor who, after 39 years of employment with Planter’s Choice in Newtown, has found a sampling of nearly every kind of nursery work, as well as the opportunity to sample of some of the more unusual plants and shrubs gardeners lust after.

  • ‘Seussical’ Being Staged This Weekend

    Seussical: The Musical is set to take the stage at Newtown High School this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, at 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, at 2 pm. Seussical: The Musical, written b...

  • Library Author Talk To Feature Founder Of Nomadicare

    Not everyone has a reindeer to call her own, but Newtown native Sas Carey does, in the northernmost region of Mongolia. Why she was gifted a reindeer is only a small part of the story Ms Carey will share at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 pm. She will be at the Main Street location for an author’s talk and slideshow on her book, Reindeer Herders in My Heart, Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia (2012, Wren Press, Vermont).

  • Think Kindly, Act Boldly, Give Away Lemonade

    Newtown Kindness was launched in January to encourage, facilitate and recognize the value of kindness. The organization’s signature event is The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards, the first of which were presented in February in honor of one of the girls killed on 12/14. The group has remained committed to fostering kindness in children, honoring a child who was known for her own regular acts of kindness. This summer the organization is teaching some of the area’s youngest residents that lesson through the simple gesture of giving away lemonade. It is a new twist on the traditional lemonade stand. Instead of accepting money, children are offering free advice along with each cup of lemonade they hand out. Following the Newtown Kindness motto of “Think Kindly, Act Boldly,” children are stepping up and reminding others to just be kind.