• Theater Review: A Vortex Of Action At TheatreWorks New Milford

    Hal Chernoff as Jack/Maxine and Carey Van Hollen as Meg, during a recent dress rehearsal for Leading Ladies at TheatreWorks New Milford. Performances continue weekends through October 10.

  • Melissa Etheridge Wants To Get Intimate With You... At Solo Shows Monday, Tuesday

    As a lifelong 12-string guitar player, I still recall the day back in 1988 when the first few jangling chords of "Like the Way I Do" came ripping out of the radio, followed by the plaintive, powerful voice of an aspiring singer-songwriter named Melissa Etheridge. 

    While I couldn't really put my finger on exactly what it was that had such intense and immediate appeal, I was far from alone as Etheridge went on to win a Grammy the following year for "Bring Me Some Water," another hit from her self-titled debut. 

  • New Book Celebrates Dogs Who Gave Quiet Comfort To Many Of Newtown’s Young Residents

    When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs.

    At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to The Dogs of Newtown.

  • Sole Sisters Will Tie The Town Pink To Support Cancer Support Center

    In their fight against breast cancer, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends have kicked off their third annual fundraising campaign to “Tie The Town Pink.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHSS effort includes hanging large handmade pink bows throughout the community and as a special gesture to friends and family affected by the disease.

  • Snapshot: Nick Hoffman

    Occupation: I’m the new executive director at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. I came from Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury. The executive director role here has some fundraising elements, program development, and the day-to-day operations to oversee.

    Family: My wife, Robyn, is a psychiatric APRN, and works at Family & Children’s. We have two daughters. Zoe is 4½ years old, and Amelia is 19 months old.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The annual celebration of your right to read what you like, Banned Books Week, started this past Saturday, September 27, and runs through Saturday, October 3. For reasons that range from “anti-family” to “unsuited to age group,” to dozens of other supposed offensives, hundreds of books each year are targeted by groups and individuals for removal from school and public libraries.

  • The Way We Were

    October 5, 1990

  • NHS Grad To Be On 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Thursday

    Newtown High School 2015 graduate Alec Hersh is set to have his appearance on ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire air this Thursday, October 1.

    Alec is now a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn.

    He auditioned for the chance to be on the show last spring, and filmed his participation with the game show on Friday, July 31. He and his friends, Alec said, and family have been waiting to watch the episode ever since.

  • A Return To Grandeur For A Historic Main Street Property

    In renovating the building at the corner of West and Main Streets, the history of the property has been a priority for developers Chris Wilson and Chris Hottois, of Flint Ridge Development, LLC, in Monroe. Commonly known as “the Chase Building,” the structure was “a mess,” said Mr Hottois, when the partners purchased the building two years ago, and began restoration.

  • A Night To Shine With The Stars

    Newtown Middle School eighth grader Cooper McLaughlin returned home Sunday, September 20, with stars in his eyes and stars on his mind — famous stars, that is, like actor Alec Baldwin, comic Jim Gaffigan, actor/director Jim Naughton, and Broadway performer Cody Williams.