• A Newtown Native Writes Of His Childhood Hometown, And A Life Of Adventure

    Newtown native David Egee needed to have a project after retiring several years ago. He rented a small 10-foot by 9-foot office in London, where he has lived since 1979, “with bare walls and a skylight.” In it was “an empty desk with a spiral notebook, pencils, a dictionary and a thesaurus,” Mr Egee said. There was also his “genuine interest in writing” his memoirs.

  • Essays By Renata Adler Pose A Persistent Question: ‘What’s Going On Here?’

    “What does it mean to have a collection?”

    Writer Renata Adler considered that question one recent morning, passing her fingers down the long braid that drapes over her right shoulder, much the same as in the 1978 Richard Avedon photo of her that graces the cover of her latest book. “I guess I haven’t really thought about that,” she answered.

  • "The Power Of Purple:" A Festival of The Arts, A Relay For Life Event

    A special event showcasing the literary, performing, and visual artistic support of Newtown’s student community, “The Power of Purple: A Festival of the Arts” will be presented Friday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Reed Intermediate School.

    Presented one week before Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life, “The Power of Purple” will offer performances by students of Connecticut Dance, Dance Etc, Gray School of Irish Dance, Monroe Dance Academy, and Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet.

  • Sandy Hook Garden Included In Garden Conservancy Open Days Program

    Jean Sander discusses the newest addition to the magnificent gardens she has been creating at her Sandy Hook home since 2006: a handmade birdhouse hidden within a woodland garden.


  • Lisa Unleashed: Remembering The Animals Of The Great War

    Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868, where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery  to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century into a national day of remembrance held annually on May 30.

  • The Way We Were

    June 1, 1990

    Police are looking for a white male who robbed the Sunoco station on Route 25 in Newtown early Thursday morning, May 31. According to the police, at approximately 5:30 am, a white male in his mid 20s, approximately 5’ 4” tall entered Friendly Service Station (Sunoco) and displayed a silver revolver. Reportedly, the man demanded money, pushed the female employee, took approximately $100 in cash, and fled in a green car. The case is under investigation.

  • Snapshot: Karen Smiley

    Occupation: I am the interim executive director for EverWonder Children’s Museum on Pecks Lane. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, and a volunteer at EverWonder for four years, before this.

    Family: My husband, David, and I have a daughter, Lauren, who is 9 years old, and a son, Andrew, who is 5.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Willow. She’s just over a year old and still kind of crazy. She’s an energetic little pup.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • Local Fire Company Fundraiser Will Be Rockin’ the ‘Ville

    Music lovers and anyone looking for a family-friendly opportunity to get together with friends while benefiting one of Newtown’s five volunteer fire companies can mark their calendars for a first of its kind fundraiser.

    “Rockin’ the ‘Ville” is set for Saturday, June 13, on the grounds of Hawleyville Volunteer fire station, 34 Hawleyville Road.

  • Catherine’s Butterfly Party Will Celebrate The Love Of All Creatures

    The public is invited to Catherine’s Butterfly Party, Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 pm, at the Fairfield Hills Campus, 4 Primrose Street. A program of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, the event will include a Super Adoption Event, as well as animal- and nature-centered programs, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. The party is intended for all ages.