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  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was all smiles as she reclaimed the Newtown Bee Golden Peeps Award last week, for her Peeps diorama of the 2013 MTV VMA Awards event featuring “Miley Peeprus” and Robin Thicke, twerking, done as tastefully as one can do when re-creating such a performance. Shannon has now won three of the four years of the annual in-house contest (she did not participate last year), in which Bee employees are challenged to get creative with the Easter treats.

  • The Way We Were

    April 28, 1989

  • A New Year And Fresh Start For The Victory Garden

    Pressing her trowel into sun-baked soil, Victory Garden volunteer Barbara Toomey started this season’s preparations for her row in the community garden.

    Pulling at weeds and leftover plant husks and removing old plant supports, she glanced up as several other volunteers arrived Monday afternoon: “It’s our first time together [this season], I guess we’ll clean up,” adding, “we’ll need fresh mulch between the rows.”

  • Field Of Flags Returns To Newtown

    Volunteers began placing 6,800 flags honoring American lives lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Friday morning, April 25, on the sloping lawn of Newtown Congregational Church at 14 West Street.

    The flags will remain in place for three weeks before returning to the Somers Congregational Church in Somers, Conn., where members there first placed over 2,000 flags, October 23, 2005.

    The Field of Flags will be retired after its final display in Somers, after having been displayed at 70 churches, mostly on the East Coast.

  • A Mother’s Disease Inspires A "Chicken Soup For The Soul" Story Of Encouragement

    Reverend Jim Solomon’s mother Amanda Tamer Solomon “is an awesome woman,” and she has Alzheimer’s, he said. Handling her illness has been hard. With his daughters’ encouragement, Mr Solomon recently wrote about his experience in caring for her.

  • Snapshot: Janelle Gagne

    Occupation: I’m a surgical physician assistant with the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain.

    Family: My husband Roy is a lieutenant in the Norwalk fire department. We have three children. Mitchell is 3 years old, and we have twins who will be 1 year old on April 29. We now have an au pair living with us, Hanna, who helps us take care of everyone.

    Pets: We have a cocker spaniel named Sugar. She’s 4 years old.

  • Theater Review: A Very Well Acted, Off-Key Love Note To Florence Foster Jenkins

    If you go on ebay you can probably buy recordings of the real Florence Foster Jenkins, and listen to them and laugh. It would be far better, however, to see this play, with its nuances of characterization, and terrific performances by its cast. 

  • Resiliency Center To Celebrate Its Work And Its Future With An ‘Evening Under The Stars’

    Artist Dave Brooker, standing at left, supervised an art project on April 18 that gave children the opportunity to create a large group painting. The art will be sold, in smaller pieces, during a gala fundraising event for The Resiliency Center of Newtown on May 2.

  • Special ‘Gravity,’ ‘Frozen Sing-A-Long’ Screenings Planned At Edmond Town Hall

    To celebrate the installation of a new digital movie projector and an upgraded sound system, Edmond Town Hall will host free screenings of Gravity and Frozen Sing-A-Long this weekend.

  • Woman's Club Selling Flags To Honor Veterans

    Members of Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, are hoping residents will purchase American flags to benefit the veterans at Rocky Hill Veterans Home & Hospital and West Haven Veterans Hospital.

    The flags, each with a ribbon attached naming the honoree, the branch of the military, and the date served or currently serving, can be purchased to honor family members and friends who have served or are serving in the military. The flags will be displayed at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Main Street for Memorial Day.