The idea that he might one day hike the entire Appalachian Trail, a trek of just under 2,200 miles when traversed from Georgia to Maine, first entered Alex Neufeld’s head the summer after his freshman year at Newtown High School. On a high adventure trip with Venture Crew 70 to Maine, he encountered a hiker at the top of Mount Katahdin who was finishing up the Appalachian Trail.
LittleBits are small Lego-like building blocks kicked up to a new level. The ½-inch to 1½-inch plastic pieces are pre-engineered electronic modules, each with a specific function, and snapping one to the other through the use of tiny, but powerful, magnets. Developed by interactive artist and engineer Ayeh Bdeir, the mission of littleBits, her company, is “To put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone.”
These early September days have achieved that rare temperate equilibrium where neither air conditioners nor furnaces have anything to offer comfort aficionados like our cats. Thermometer readouts oscillate ever-so-slightly from high 60s to low 70s in the lulls between weather fronts, and we throw open windows on all sides of the house so it may breathe deeply with every shifting breeze. The cats lie on the sills leaning into the screens, nodding their noses around in the feral air to awaken their dozing hunter appetites.
Art lovers perused more than a dozen demonstrations, exhibits and pop-up galleries while music lovers braved sizzling temperatures to enjoy a Beatles tribute band Saturday, September 6, as the 2014 Newtown Arts Festival sprang to life with overlapping events sponsored by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP).
Combining the talents of Nuala Kennedy, John Doyle and Dubliner Eamon O’Leary, The Alt focuses on songs, as opposed to instrumental dance tunes, from the Irish, Scottish, English, and American roots traditions.
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.
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 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!