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  • Great Pootatuck Duck Race & Town Festival This Weekend

    The 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on May 24, from 10 am until 2:30 pm, rain or shine.

  • Early ‘Little Princess,’ Popular ‘Wizard Of Oz’ To Open 1939 Film Series

    There have been many versions of The Little Princess filmed, and an equal number of films called or based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, but only two were made in 1939. Those two films — one starring a 10-year-old Shirley Temple and the other a Best Picture nominee that features some of film history’s most well-known songs — will launch a new film series at Edmond Town Hall this weekend.

  • Snapshot: Marianne Scanlon

    Occupation: I was a nurse. I got my master’s from Yale and worked for 35 years as an APRN in psychiatry at Griffin Hospital in Derby. I loved it. I retired seven years ago.

    Family: My husband, Richard, passed away in 2006. We have three children. Richard and his wife, Julie, are in Florida. Judy and her husband, Peter, live in Little Compton, R.I., and Lisa is in New York City. I have five grandchildren — Taylor, Peter, Christopher, Amy, and John.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Stephen J. Sedensky III of Newtown was honored at Plymouth State University’s (N.H.) 2014 Commencement ceremony May 17. Mr Sedensky, a 1980 alumnus of Plymouth State, provided the charge to the graduates and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. As state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, he was the chief investigator of the tragedy in Newtown. His advice to the Class of 2014 was to have a plan and work hard at achieving it. “Being outwardly grateful reminds us that we cannot achieve our goals or success without other people.

  • Two Great Concerts Featuring Two Dynamic Frontmen: Barry Gibb And Brandon Flowers

    As a music journalist, I couldn’t ask for a better two-night run, which recently included a band fronted by a dynamic young musician whose material was mostly unfamiliar, and a show featuring a very established artist where virtually every song was a chart topping hit. It was an added bonus that catching each of these acts knocked two more shows off my ever-shrinking concert bucket list.

  • Seniors Get A Lesson On Technology

    AT&T representative Steve Godbout and AT&T Director of External Affairs Harry Carey joined State Representative Mitch Bolinsky at the Newtown Senior Center, Monday, May 19, in a collaboration to demystify some of today’s newest gadgets.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    My back arched and my tail stood up straight last week when I heard about two acts of vandalism at Sandy Ground playgrounds, built in the tri-state area to honor each woman and child killed on 12/14. In another show of love winning over evil, however, both senseless acts have been turned on their head. Nelba Marquez-Greene has said that she would like to have a message board installed at the playground in Hartford honoring her daughter, Ana Marquez-Greene.

  • The Way We Were

    May 19, 1989

    The town meeting to vote on a proposed $150,000 appropriation fro an E911 emergency dispatch system was set for Thursday at 8 pm at the Newtown High School auditorium. The proposal calls for having a single E911center located in the police department, with two dispatchers at all times — one to handle police calls, the other to handle ambulance and fire calls.

     

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  • Snapshot: Walter Motyka

    Occupation: When I came out of the Air Force, I was hired by High Voltage Engineering in Boston, about 45 years ago. I’ve earned degrees in engineering and have worked in disciplines as varied as testing Van De Graff accelerators, technical support of NASA projects and the space telescope, facilities management for high-tech companies, as well as strategic planning and logistics for Fortune 100 companies worldwide.

  • Sunday Cinema Series To Celebrate The Greatest Year Of Film History

    UPDATE (Saturday, May 18, 2014): The 7 pm screening of Ninotchka that was originally scheduled to be offered on May 25 has been postponed. Organizers will screen that at a later date, TBA. In its place, a second screening of The Wizard of Oz will be offered at 7 pm on Sunday, May 25.

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