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  • Theater Review: ‘Stop Kiss’ Offers A Tender Journey Through Needless Violence AT Theater Barn

    RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield Theatre Barn is presenting Diana Son’s Stop Kiss in its fall lineup. The play, under the capable direction of Marla Manning, provides an intimate story of how we choose who we love and how those choices are adjusted by the world around us.

  • Snapshot: Kurt Eckhardt

    Occupation: I am the director of bands at Newtown High School. I’ve been here since 2002.

    Family: My wife is Linda, and we have two children. Hannah is 21, and she is going to school at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, majoring in fashion design. Brianna is living in the City. She’s 25 and she’s writing, acting, singing, and making her way through the audition circuit.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The wine at the Newtown Forest Association’s September 6 Sunset Wine Tasting Fundraiser must have been excellent. Even a sky full of lightening the latter part of the evening could not drive off the many supporters in attendance. Instead, the small room sheltering the auction donations became a full house, as did the nearby gazebo. Party on, foresters!

  • The Way We Were

    September 15, 1989

  • Signature Event Of Third Annual Newtown Arts Festival This Weekend

    The third annual Newtown Arts Festival began on September 5, when Town Players presented its opening night performance of The Artificial Jungle.

  • Light A Candle For Ben Wheeler, Friday Night

    Friday, September 12, would have been Benjamin Wheeler’s eighth birthday. Friends are joining members of the Wheeler family to remember Ben and the other children and educators lost at Sandy Hook School with light.

    Ben loved lighthouses. To share the light of Ben’s spirit, all are invited to place a candle safely in a window, doorway, or porch on Friday evening. Ideas include using a real candle, an LED candle, an electric window candle, a luminary, a lighthouse lamp, etc.

  • An Arts Festival Event: Arts, Crafts And Laughs Surrounded Young Guests At Children’s Art Party

    Weaving, painting, coloring, and hugging therapy dogs were all part of the Second Annual Children’s Art Party held September 7 at NYA Sports & Fitness. The event was an early Newtown Arts Festival event, just one part of the “ridiculous abundance of enriching activities throughout September all around town” that been promised by festival organizers.

  • Theater Review: Everything To Do With Wild Animals, Just Not The Kind You Find In A Pet Shop

    Murder and mayhem prevail, in a hilarious family kind of way, with The Town Players current production of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle, an outrageously campy romp through a quirky pet shop nestled in downtown Manhattan. Complete with an overbearing mom, neighborhood cop and conniving wife, this family makes good on the old adage of “the ties that bind, and gag.”

  • First Of Its Kind: An 'Excellent' Leaps Of Faith Tournament Of Champions

    The Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers hosted “Tournament of Champions,” a first of its kind grassroots water ski tournament for individuals with spinal cord injuries, on August 23 on Lake Lillinonah in Southbury.

    With 16 skiers from all across the Northeast participating, the tournament was a great success, according to a recent release.

  • Challenges Of Classic Main Street Restoration Chronicled On Owner’s Website

    Walking past a twisting vine carved into smoked glass on the front door, Diane Thompson enters her bright, naturally lit Victorian home that has been a fixture on Newtown’s Main Street since 1899. After launching major renovations several months ago, her eventual goal is to resell the restored home that first caught her eye with its charm.