One of my favorite holiday traditions is celebrating with the newest member of the family, the puppy! No matter when the puppy arrived during the year they will always have a first Christmas. Like most of us dog lovers, I’m guilty of overindulgence of my treasured pets. Besides the toys and treats, monogrammed stockings were ordered for them this year. OK, that was more for me than them.
Pilobolus dancers Matt Del Rosario, standing, and Sayer Mansfield performed on Friday, December 19, during a school assembly at Reed, while students participating in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program, looked on from backstage.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be screened for three days at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street.
Released in December 1989, the film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Dianne Ladd, Doris Roberts, William Hickey, John Randolph, and E.G. Marshall. The film was the third release in the National Lampoon series that followed the Griswold family through adventures, but the only one that kept them at home.
It was by chance, not design, that 18-year-old Amaury Bargioni of Paris, France, ended up at the Newtown General Store, Thursday, December 11, for lunch. And it was by chance that Newtown residents Joanne and Phil Keane struck up a conversation with the young man, intrigued by his arrival on a pack-laden bicycle — and that he was wearing only a T-shirt on a chilly, snowy day that had most locals bundled up in parkas and wool sweaters.
One evening last winter as Newtown High School graduate and aspiring rapper Mason West — a/k/a Stirling DuBois — was sitting in his dorm room at the University of Vermont surfing Soundcloud looking for inspiration and possible collaborators, he discovered not one, but two protégés right back here at his own alma mater.
Enter two current NHS seniors: rapper Chris Daly and producer Zach Aumueller.
Bill Manfredonia says he believes in education. And he’s in a good position to see that his philosophy is carried out at Newtown High School. Mr Manfredonia was hired as principal for the high school as of December 19, with a salary of $70,000. He had been serving as interim principal since June while the school board conducted a search for a new principal when Tim Breslin, former principal, left to become superintendent of Regional School 6.
Newtown children’s book author and illustrator Paul Meisel has illustrated Chapter 2 of a serialized kids’ mystery e-book, to be released one chapter at a time, beginning January 4. Mr Meisel is among many Connecticut authors/illustrator to volunteer their time to write and illustrate The Great Connecticut Caper, the brainchild of the Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut Center for the Book. The book follows the adventures of a couple of 11-year-old kids hot on the trail of finding the missing Gillette Castle in East Haddam.