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  • Snapshot: Frank LaPak

    Occupation: I started at The Newtown Bee in 1981. I’m retired now, but I still come in once a week to do composition — that’s paste up — for the paper.

    Family: I have five children, all grown up. Dennis lives in Newtown, and so does Tara. Kathleen is in Bethel; Maura is in Brookfield; and Sean is in Waterbury. I have 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one more great-grandchild on the way. They’re all wonderful kids!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The kids around town are probably not very concerned about the bus routes yet, but some parents are already eagerly awaiting the 2015-16 bus schedule. Don’t fret — the information is on its way, and will be found in the Back to School supplement to The Newtown Bee, later this month, if you haven’t seen it at the school website. There will be plenty of notice to make sure school kids are waiting at the right place, at the right time. So, relax, and enjoy the summer days still to come.

  • The Way We Were

    Augusts 10, 1990

  • Toto At 'XIV' Still Bringing Explosive, Intricate Rock To Global Audiences

    The progressive American rock band Toto recently released its latest album, XIV. How it is perceived in terms of a follow-up, however, depends on who you talk to among the current lineup of highly respected and globally recognized musicians playing with the ensemble.

    “This (album) is opposite of going through the motions. We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV," said Keyboardist Steve Porcaro on the band's website.

  • Theater Review: ‘Hot August Nights’ Covers The Theatrical Gamut

    Each of the directors put their own individual stamp on their choices. The effect was an exciting night of theater.

  • SMART Camp Wraps Up Summer 2015 Sessions

    Six-year-old Arthur Khisyamov propels his balloon powered car, created during SMART Camp, across the table, with one big puff.

  • Two Films Being Featured At ETH; Free Screenings Saturday

    In an attempt to reach a wide range of ages for film screenings this month, the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall (ETH), 45 Main Street, is offering two films each week.

    The ETH Theatre offered Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a PG rated comedy starring Kevin James, twice each day from July 27 until August 2. It also hosted screenings of Mad Max: Fury Road, an R-rated feature with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

  • Craft Class Offers A New Way To Play With Marbles

    Sabrina Boccuzzi, right, fishes marbles out of a bowl of iced water, while class participants gather around. Sabrina, 13, taught the class on Cracked Marble Necklaces at C.H. Booth Library on July 28. Local tweens have two more opportunities — August 3 and 10 — to join the Girl Scout for craft workshops.

  • Considering The Future Of The Media: The Al Neuharth Free Spirit And Journalism Conference In DC

    Walking through the Capitol Building, alongside 50 awe-struck and ambitious high school journalists, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stopped us outside the Senate press briefing room. The veteran Democrat and most senior member of the 114th Congress teasingly asked if we were the “perspiring” journalists he’d heard would be clogging up the halls of Congress that day.

  • At 90, The ‘Father Of Robotics’ Still Wants To Develop Mechanical Caregivers

    The afternoon following his 90th birthday celebration, Newtown resident and the acknowledged “Father of Robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger relaxed in his Hattertown home while his daughter Gay tended to his comfort by bringing a small glass of white wine.

    While Mr Engelberger obviously appreciated the effort along with all the care he receives from his daughter and others, he would much rather see many day-to-day chores being performed on his behalf by a mechanical assistant.