• ‘Kindness’ Visitor Arrives For Ben’s Bells Opening In Bethel

    Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22.

    It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza.

    Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work.

  • ‘Where We Walk’ — Book Of Poetry Is A Journey Inside A Writer’s Heart

    Between the covers of Sydney Eddison’s recently published book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems rooted in the soil of New England, readers will find words steeped in the familiar.

  • 30th Holiday Festival Will Continue Important Fundraising Efforts For NYFS

    Organizers of the 30th Newtown Holiday Festival are hoping that guests of the December 6 event will not only have a great time at events for all ages, but will remember the reason the festival was created: as a major fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services. House Tour Subcommittee Co-Chairs Kathy McLeary (seated left) and Brid Craddock (seated right) have been working on their event-within-an-event since February.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Read On! — Connecticut Horse Magazine Is Launched

    There’s a new horse magazine in the barn! Connecticut Horse launched this summer with its first bimonthly issue. A sister publication to the 15-year-old Massachusetts Horse, the brainchild of Publisher Stephanie Sanders, will publish its second issue at the end of August. Up until last year, Editor Karena Garrity was freelancing horse articles when she had an idea.

  • The Way We Were

    August 24, 1990

  • Snapshot: Julie Mack

    Occupation: I’m a homemaker. I was in accounting before I had children, but I stopped after my second child.

    Family: I have three children. Daphne is 15 and she’ll be a junior at Newtown High School; Phoebe is 14 and will be a freshman; and Philip is 12 and going into seventh grade at Newtown Middle School. My boyfriend, Michael, is a special person in my life.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Are you ready to stretch your muscles and your mind? The 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival gets underway Saturday, August 22, at 9 am, and runs through 4 pm, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, at Fairfield Hills. Featuring Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown for an afternoon Breath-Body-Mind workshop, the morning hours are a potpourri of yoga and dance for all ages. Go to www.newtownyogafestival.org for more information and to register.

  • Field Notes: Navigating The Thicket Of Survival, Quick Like A Bunny

    Rabbits showed up at our place for the first time this summer from I don’t know where.

    We live at an intersection, not just of two roads but of fields, forest, and suburban lawns. We’ve had all kinds of wildlife pass through over the years, from tiny toads to cruising coyotes.

  • Newtown Photographer To Show Her ‘Coastal Colors’

    DANBURY — Through Thursday, October 24, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting seven exhibitions in public and private spaces in Danbury and Bethel. Accessible Art is a “year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions joining business with art,” according to information provided by Cultural Alliance. The project allows artists to show their works in alternative spaces, making them more available to the general public.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Headliners Encourage ‘Back To Balance’

    The Newtown Yoga Festival was designed to promote positive well-being, health and community. The 2015 event will return to NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22, with seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.