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  • Snapshot: Walter Dolan

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Four Performances Of Stardust Revue Displayed Talent And Energy

    It can be said every year that, when Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) presents its Stardust Revue at Edmond Town Hall, there is “the best show ever.” This year, with four performances presented June 6-7, was no different.

  • Town & Country Garden Club Celebrating Golden Anniversary With Standard Flower Show

    Judges were impressed with Carole Polcyn’s floral arrangement for “Joy! 50 Years of Celebrations,” saying she had a “fabulous selection of ‘backyard’ garden plants organized well to create a strong rhythm.” The judges also liked Barbara O’Connor’s design, in which she combined dried palm fronts, roses and calathea for an abstract floral design. Ms Polcyn and Ms O’Connor are among the members of Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown who entered a standard flower show the club is hosting at C.H. Booth Library only through 4 pm Saturday, June 13.

  • Celebrating With Music, Drink, Steak And Lobster (Of Course) At 28th Annual LobsterFest

    Hints of steam and seared steak drifted through the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co firehouse on Riverside Road both Friday and Saturday nights, June 5 and 6, at the 28th annual LobsterFest. A fundraising event for the fire company, the weekend found hundreds of residents enjoying what has become a Sandy Hook tradition, bringing volunteers, residents, town officials, and lobster lovers out for two nights of music, food, and refreshments.

  • Lisa Unleashed: ‘He Did It!’ American Pharaoh Wins Triple Crown

    True dyed-in-the-wool sports fans, even if they knew nothing about horses, were mesmerized last Saturday, watching the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s ultimate test — the Triple Crown. Awe-struck they watched as a well-muscled, three-year-old bay stallion with a misspelled name took a stab at sports history. Let’s admit it, we all live vicariously through our sports heroes, whether individual athletes, whole teams, or incredible horses like American Pharoah.

  • For One Lucky Newtowner, Belmont Triple Crown Lightning Strikes Twice

    Newtown  resident and Newtown Bee staffer Bridget Seaman’s family always owned horses. And as a child, she fondly remembers how all her relatives would gather around the television every year as horse racing’s Triple Crown — The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — played out in black and white. By the time she was 13, Ms Seaman’s older siblings decided it was time she witnessed the real thing, so they packed her up and drove the 90 minutes from Newtown to Elmont, N.Y., to see a Belmont Stakes in person. That was 1977, the year Seattle Slew took home Triple Crown honors, and Ms Seaman still has clear memories of that momentous event. Last weekend Ms Seaman was again at Belmont Park for what has become an annual trek.

  • Theater Review: Theater Barn Production Of Albee Classic Definitely One To See

    Edward Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" takes the audience on a journey to the deep dark places in the soul that people don’t talk about in polite company. Ridgefield Theatre Barn's production of this classic American work fearlessly takes on this challenging, riveting piece provoking laughter, tears and anxiety.

  • NUMC Pasta Project Celebrates 25 Years Before Summer Break

    After 25 years, Newtown United Methodist Church Pasta Project Founder Martha Millett has retired.The 25th anniversary of the pasta project was celebrated in March.The dinner events have been offered regularly on the first Saturday of the month, September through June, since 1989. Mrs Millett was a NUMC trustee when she told fellow trustees she would host a pasta dinner to raise funds to help cover costs the Church Hill Road house of worship was facing with the addition of Wesley Hall. The first dinner was held in March 1989, and it was expected to be a short-term fundraiser.A quarter of a century later, the First Saturday Pasta Dinner has become a staple in the calendars of many NUMC members, and even friends of the church. The dinner has become, Mrs Millet told The Newtown Bee in March, something where members of NUMC were sharing dinner space with countless others, including “those who do not identify with any religious group.”

  • Newtown Invited To Support Cancer Survivors, Caregivers At Saturday’s Relay For Life

    In the weeks leading up to this Saturday’s nine-hour Relay for Life, community members and teams that will take the field at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium have been busy raising funds and attention about this significant, community-wide celebration of cancer survivors, caregivers, and the many friends, neighbors and family members who have lost the fight. There were raffles, car washes, beer and wine tastings, flocks of pink flamingos, last weekend’s “Power of Purple” arts festival, and dozens of other lead-up activities all aimed at making this year’s Relay for Life a huge success. Now 11 years strong, the local American Cancer Society fund and awareness-raising, non-sporting / non-competitive event has already raised more than $2.5 million. The June 13 relay opens at 3 pm and ends at midnight.