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  • Banned Books Week Is Annual Event; Freedom To Read Is Year-Round

    “Think for yourself, and let others do the same,” exhorts the American Library Association poster for the 2014 Banned Books Week.

  • Snapshot: Geraldine Carley

    Occupation: I recently retired after 35 years as a teacher/librarian, primarily in schools in Danbury and Ridgefield.

    Family: My husband, Ross Carley, is very active in town. Our son, Christopher, teachers chemistry at Newtown High School and is assistant band leader there. Our daughter, Lindsay Knauf, lives here in Newtown with her husband, Ed. They have two children. Holden is 3 years old, and we have a brandie-new one, Oliver, born September 2.

  • Sandy Hook Sole Sisters Walking To Fight Breast Cancer This Month

    The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends were at work this week to “Tie the Town Pink,” hanging large pink bows throughout Sandy Hook Center and along Berkshire Road to launch breast cancer awareness month.

  • Making The World A Better Place, One Home At A Time

    One of the 17,000 people each year who volunteers with Appalachia Service Project, working toward a goal of providing “warmer, safer, and drier” homes for families in Central Appalachia (generally including counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina), is Katie Temple, a graduate of Newtown High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • NHS Student To Serve As National Poetry Ambassador

    Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong has been selected to be one of this year’s five National Student Poetry Ambassadors.

    Ashley has known about her achievement since July, but had to keep it a secret until it was announced. That announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C., September 17-20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event the five National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in, kicking off their year as ambassadors.

  • Home Depot Grant Will Help VFW Members Rebuild Entryway

    Through its Community Impact Grants Program, The Home Depot Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Newtown VFW Post 308. The donation will be used to rebuild the front entrance and upgrade part of the existing handicapped entry to the building on Freedom Defenders Way.

    Walter Dolan, the local post’s junior vice commander, is the project chairman.

  • Snapshot: Bob Schroeder

    Occupation: I retired from Schlumberger last year, after 25 years, but still consult for them. I was a principal research scientist and program manager for them, specializing in using optical sensors for deep well oil exploration. I worked in their Ridgefield lab from 1988, and then moved with them to Boston in 2006, where the lab relocated. We had an apartment in Boston and our home Newtown for the last seven years, and I traveled between them. Before that, I worked in Ann Arbor, researching nonfossil fuel energy using laser-induced fusion.

  • Top of the Mountain

    In case you didn’t get in enough artisan crafts shopping during the Newtown Arts Festival, the Newtown based and women-owned Equestrian Hill Farm event planning is presenting the Autumn Harvest Event at Edmond Town Hall, Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 4 pm. Nearly 21 area vendors have registered so far, so get your shopping bags ready to go.

  • Esperanza Spalding Bringing Bass, Beauty, Beats To Playhouse

    RIDGEFIELD — Those who see images of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding may mistakenly assume she attracted all the attention and fame she has been enjoying for nearly a decade, first and foremost, because of her tall, willowy supermodel looks.

  • Theater Review: A Cast United By Strengths, In Sherman’s ‘Estate’

    SHERMAN — Stella Gordon vehemently believes that a house divided cannot stand. She ferociously protects her domain while her recalcitrant family dukes it out to get what they think they have coming to them. Thus is the premise of Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, now being presented by The Sherman Players.