Tossing several varieties of herbal tea on his kitchen table, resident Michael Vastarelli made a selection as water boiled in the kettle. His rescue dog, Cookie, gnawed on a toy, trying to get at the peanut butter hidden inside.
Occupation: I’m a full-time musician. I teach guitar and bass, I do detailed repair of string instruments, and I build string instruments. My business is Arrowhead Guitars. I’m a vocal coach, as well. My own band is Off The Hook, and we’ve been around for 20 years, playing rock, blues, funk, jazz, folk — a little of everything. I’ve been in bands since I was 15, and started playing guitar when I was 10 years old.
This cat is feeling a bit thirsty, and just in time to support some of our volunteer firefighters. A wine tasting fundraiser will take place at the Newtown Country Club, April 25, from 7 to 10 pm, to benefit the Newtown Hook & Ladder Co’s new firehouse project. A few tickets, each at $40, are still available, for wine and refreshments. The evening also includes a silent auction, music, and if the samples of wine don’t quench your thirst, a cash bar will be available.
By mid-May, Newtown Shopping Center owner and developer Joseph Kasper and adjacent property owner Richard Wiehl expect to reach an agreement on some long-term leasing arrangement to the center of the former White Birch and Oberg Texaco property, they said this week. Meanwhile, Mr Kasper is negotiating with current and prospective tenants, including three unnamed supermarkets who are bidding for A&P’s spot.
On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the words to describe it. The Máirtín O’Connor Trio’s show at Newtown Meeting House, hosted on April 10 by The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, was one of those concerts.
Everything was perfect. The band members were energized and the house was filled with an appreciative audience. One cannot imagine a better start for the trio’s nine-day East Coast tour.
SHERMAN — Orwellian London in 1984 is a dark, disturbing and dangerous place. Its essence is captured in Sherman Playhouse’s current production of George Orwell’s 1984, adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr and William A. Miles, Jr. This dramatic, expository piece was immaculately directed by Kevin Sosbe.
Occupation: I own Pootatuck Chimney Service and Sandy Hook Cyclery, in Sandy Hook Center. I’m a music promoter in Newtown, too, for groups like Flood Wood, Lez Zeppelin, and Cedric Bernside, in small venues.
Family: I’ve been married to Christine for 18 years. We have three kids. Aidan is 15, John Patrick Aloysius is 13, and Madeline. She’s 7 years old.
The Cyrenius H. Booth Library’s Facebook page shared a number of photos on Monday, April 6, of poetry shared on a magnetic poetry board set up there. My favorite? A cat poem, of course. “I have my face in a pillow & my kitty is mean fat and crazy, she always scratches.”
For the fifth year, kids and parents counted “bunnies” along trails at Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills Campus on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, for this year’s Bunny Watch.
The Bunny Watch was a fundraiser for and organized by the Newtown High School’s senior Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald. The event raised money for the group to attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University May 20–23.