• 2016 Relay For Life Kickoff At NYA November 19

    A very enthusiastic core committee of volunteers and a new event partner are getting off to an early start promoting the excitement of Newtown’s annual Relay For Life, a noncompetitive gathering of supporters, caregivers, survivors, and those battling cancer walking overnight to raise funds and awareness about the disease and its prevention.

  • With ‘The Great Danbury State Fair,' Newtown Author Resurrects Fair Memories

    “The history of the Great Danbury State Fair is so long and takes so many unexpected turns that writing about it was like tracking a lightning bug at dusk,” writes Newtown author Andrea Zimmermann in the introduction to her recently published book, The Great Danbury State Fair.

  • Hiss Golden Messenger Wrapping Up ETH Concert Series

    Hiss Golden Messenger co-founder and singer-songwriter MC Taylor is bringing his rootsy plaintive folk to the “Live at the Edmond Town Hall” stage November 20. The 6:30 pm show will mark the final performance of the benefit series launched in June 2011 by Newtown resident Hayden Bates.

  • Members Of 1965 NHS Football Team Honored

    Players who got it all started a half century ago were back on the Newtown High School football field on November 6. Members of the 1965 Newtown High team, the first to play organized football to begin the current 11-on-11 era of the game, received applause from fans at Blue & Gold Stadium prior to the game between the current Newtown gridders and New Milford.

  • Growing A Shrinking Life: Now That You’ve Grown Up, What Do You Want To Be?

    Where do we go from here? It is a question that arises when middle age takes a turn toward “maturity.”

    It could be a death, a change of residence, a joining of two homes, or the flight of the last child from the nest that initiates the urge to reconsider what is truly important. Suddenly, the wealth of things accumulated seems oppressive. Clothing, furniture, tools, and knickknacks no longer bring the pleasure they once did. And like an itch that needs to be scratched, this desire to be rid of possessions takes hold.

  • Snapshot: Matt Taylor

    Occupation: I’m a physical therapist assistant at Church Hill Physical Therapy. I graduated from Norwalk Community College for the two-year PTA degree, and from Franciscan University in Ohio, with a BS in biology.

    Family: I’m married to Amy. We’ve been married for three years. We just had a baby, Grace, in January.

    Pets: No pets right now. We want some, though.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There were many fine Veterans Day celebrations at the local schools this past Wednesday, as well as one for the general public at the VFW Post 308. I hope you had the opportunity, one way or the other, to honor the many veterans who have served and who continue to serve this country.

  • The Way We Were

    November 16, 1990

    Winds of up to 70 miles per hour ripped through Newtown during the night of November 11, tearing the tarp from the roof of the Newtown Meeting House, and wrapping it around a transformer. Northeast Utilities reported 474 homes were without power at the peak of the storm, at 6:30 am, Monday.


  • Lisa Unleashed: Horses Parading Around — Including American Pharoah

    Horses and parades go together like peanut butter and jelly! This partnership began millennia ago when horses were paraded around to celebrate battle victories. More recently, the Horse Guard Parade, those beautiful black horses of the British monarchy stabled at the Royal Mews in London, codified the daily practice of ceremonial parades in 1745. There is even a type of horse in America called the Parade Horse.

  • Theater Review: A Well Designed Conclusion For Town Players Season

    Elegantly introduced by tuxedo clad director Gene Golaszewski, Design for Murder unfolds as a whodunit in the classic style.

    Town Players of Newtown are currently presenting George Bateson’s play. Last Sunday’s matinee had audience members agog at intermission, quizzing each other as to who did do it. It was fun for all.