• Making Merry At The Merryhill Anniversary Celebration

    Merryhill Child Care Center, Inc hosted a celebration of 25 years of providing child care in Newtown, Saturday, June 6, at Newtown Youth Academy.

    The fundraiser featured “Touch-A-Truck” in the NYA courtyard, including vehicles from JRC Trucking in Thomaston, SEGA Concrete of New Milford, Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue, Newtown Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Department, and Newtown Arbor Services.

    Inside NYA, families found indoor soccer, an obstacle course, a bounce house and slide, and face painting.

  • Hawley School’s Long History Began In The Middle Of Another Educational Controversy

    As the Board of Education grapples with declining school enrollments and pressures to cut costs, perhaps by closing a school, Hawley School has been placed at the center of the discussion by recommendations that suggest that the Church Hill Road school may be the facility best suited for closure. Among the arguments being amassed to fight its closing is the historic nature of this school. It is interesting to note at this point that the school’s long history began in the middle of another polarizing conflict among the town’s residents.

  • JD Souther Showcasing Rootsy New Tunes, Reworked Eagles Hits In Ridgefield Saturday

    RIDGEFIELD — After a rousing, sold out set from former Eagles member Don Felder a few weeks back, The Ridgefield Playhouse is welcoming another major contributor to that seminal California classic rock band Saturday, June 20, as John David, or JD, Souther hits the stage for an 8 pm show.

  • Theater Review: A Strong Happily-Ever-After Story To Open Richter’s 30th Anniversary Season

    DANBURY — There could not be a more pleasant way to spend a warm summer evening than under the stars, a gentle breeze blowing and being entertained by a cast of performers who are totally in love with musical theatre.

    This is just the experience being offered again this year by Musicals at Richter. Opening their 2015 season of outdoor musical productions with the whimsical, funny fairy tale Once Upon a Mattress, MAR is inviting everyone to share in this traditional pastime.

  • Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis Transforms Family’s Life

    Seated on mother Julie Barbeau’s lap, 3½ year old Ryan Costa is as wriggly as any toddler. He eagerly nibbles on cheese crackers, a smile stretching from one chubby cheek to the other. His mother knows, though, that beneath Ryan’s seemingly healthy appearance, cancer cells course through the little boy’s bloodstream. His daily life, and that of his parents, Ms Barbeau and Gary Costa, is a regimen of chemotherapy, quarterly spinal taps, and steroids.

  • Catherine’s Butterfly Party Takes Wing

    Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in Massachusetts had a special exhibit of tropical butterflies for Catherine’s Birthday Party. 


  • Ships Ahoy! On Ox Hill Road

    Allen Kellogg stands next to a Chaisson surf dory, the first boat he built, when his late brother, Ken Kellogg, convinced him in 1996 to take up the hobby of boat building.    

  • The Way We Were

    June 15, 1990

  • Snapshot: Walter Dolan

    Occupation: I work in Information Technologies for a local pharmaceutical company. I’m kind of a mixture of systems engineer and project manager.

    Family: I’m married to Kristin, who is a math teacher in Trumbull. We’ve been married for ten years.

    Pets: We have three cats: a 21-year-old calico cat, named Guinness, and two tuxedo cats, Maggie and McGee, that are about five years old. We adopted them from The Animal Center.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Situated between New York and Boston as we are, Newtown has long had some hotly contested Yankees vs Red Sox rivalries. Mets fans have been happy to let those MLB fans argue over whose team is better (Boston, of course), but now it looks like this town may have a new team to cheer for. Congratulations to 2012 NHS grad and Bryant University junior Kyle Wilcox, who was drafted on June 9 by the Seattle Mariners.