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  • Wine And Chocolate Warm A Wintry Afternoon At The Vineyard

    Among the guests at the February 8 wine and chocolate tasting were Shelton residents Rich and Kathy Meehan, who took tips about pairing their drink and appetizers from Donelle Toner of Grandma Jose’s chocolate shop, right.


  • Theater Review: Impressive Collection One Acts At Theater Barn

    RIDGEFIELD — The opening night of a run of original one act plays at Ridgefield Theater Barn on January 30 proved entertaining and thought provoking. Some of the most whimsical pieces brought home a valuable message. Others were just plain fun.

    While somewhat uneven, the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the plays. Many were very well written, effective and totally captivating. 

  • "Angels On Game Day": Sandy Hook Bracelet Made It To The Super Bowl

    Shane Vereen remembers hearing about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He wears a green and white wristband inscribed with Angels of Sandy Hook on his right wrist, a daily reminder of a cold Friday morning in December 2012 when Sandy Hook suddenly became known around the world.

    “Our coach told us after practice,” the New England Patriots running back said Thursday afternoon. “He called the whole team together and he explained the situation, what was going on.”

  • 'Something Special' Caught On Film at Holcombe Hill

    His message began: “Take a minute to watch something special…” Newtown Forest Association (NFA) President Robert Eckenrode was referring to a video submitted to him by “two young aspiring artists,” he said in a recent e-mail.

  • Snapshot: Neil Callaghan

    Occupation: Right  now, I’m the director of operations for Golden Opportunities here in Sandy Hook. We try to improve the lives of residents [of elder care facilities], through visiting and programs that offer support. Prior to that, I worked for IBM for 32 years, as a program manager for our philanthropic organization. It was a unique job — giving away money!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    State Senator Tony Hwang learned when he was visiting with St Rose of Lima School preschool students, last Friday, that the sand in the “sand box” wasn’t sand at all. St Rose’s brilliant preschool teachers discovered a recipe on Pinterest to make moldable “sand” using flour and baby oil. I looked it up myself, and found the recipe is very simple: eight cups of flour and one cup of baby oil. Not only is the end result moldable, I understand it also softens hands.

  • The Way We Were

    February 9, 1990

    On January 26, town officials signed the contracts that will launch a new regional paramedic intercept program that will operate out of the Danbury Hospital and serve the towns of Newtown, Bethel, and Redding. The program comes as the result of the hard work and persistent persuasion of local ambulance workers. The added cost for Newtown will be just under $100,000. That cost will decrease if other towns choose to join. The benefits of the program are incalculable.

  • Updated Family Feature Next In ETH Free Movie Series

    The newest version of Annie, a film that was released in December, opened this week at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. The film continues daily through Sunday, February 8.

  • Matthew Curtiss House Docents Offer A Look At Newtown’s History

    Greeting guests as they enter the Matthew Curtiss House museum on Main Street, junior docent Mairin Hayes appears at the door as an authentically dressed Colonial girl. She welcomes guests to her 1750s world perfectly preserved inside the circa 1750 saltbox home.

    For Mairin and others, history holds an allure. She enjoys giving others a glimpse of the past. As the new year begins, the Newtown Historical Society hopes to welcome new volunteer docents in that effort.

  • When Winter Was A Pitched Battle With The Elements

    Supermarket shelves swept clear of basic food items. Schools and businesses closed. Travel banned. It is the Storm of the Century — and it happens at least once each winter season.

    Modern technology keeps the public informed about every nuance in the weather. If a storm is in the making, there is a rush to stockpile necessities and a flurry of cancellations and postponements.