• Snapshot: Neil Callaghan

    Occupation: Right  now, I’m the director of operations for Golden Opportunities here in Sandy Hook. We try to improve the lives of residents [of elder care facilities], through visiting and programs that offer support. Prior to that, I worked for IBM for 32 years, as a program manager for our philanthropic organization. It was a unique job — giving away money!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    State Senator Tony Hwang learned when he was visiting with St Rose of Lima School preschool students, last Friday, that the sand in the “sand box” wasn’t sand at all. St Rose’s brilliant preschool teachers discovered a recipe on Pinterest to make moldable “sand” using flour and baby oil. I looked it up myself, and found the recipe is very simple: eight cups of flour and one cup of baby oil. Not only is the end result moldable, I understand it also softens hands.

  • The Way We Were

    February 9, 1990

    On January 26, town officials signed the contracts that will launch a new regional paramedic intercept program that will operate out of the Danbury Hospital and serve the towns of Newtown, Bethel, and Redding. The program comes as the result of the hard work and persistent persuasion of local ambulance workers. The added cost for Newtown will be just under $100,000. That cost will decrease if other towns choose to join. The benefits of the program are incalculable.

  • Updated Family Feature Next In ETH Free Movie Series

    The newest version of Annie, a film that was released in December, opened this week at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. The film continues daily through Sunday, February 8.

  • Matthew Curtiss House Docents Offer A Look At Newtown’s History

    Greeting guests as they enter the Matthew Curtiss House museum on Main Street, junior docent Mairin Hayes appears at the door as an authentically dressed Colonial girl. She welcomes guests to her 1750s world perfectly preserved inside the circa 1750 saltbox home.

    For Mairin and others, history holds an allure. She enjoys giving others a glimpse of the past. As the new year begins, the Newtown Historical Society hopes to welcome new volunteer docents in that effort.

  • When Winter Was A Pitched Battle With The Elements

    Supermarket shelves swept clear of basic food items. Schools and businesses closed. Travel banned. It is the Storm of the Century — and it happens at least once each winter season.

    Modern technology keeps the public informed about every nuance in the weather. If a storm is in the making, there is a rush to stockpile necessities and a flurry of cancellations and postponements.

  • Torpedoes Continue Fundraising Efforts

    The Newtown Torpedoes youth swim program, sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation, held its second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School on January 31. Dozens of swimmers in three age groups – 8 and unders, 9-10-year-olds, and 11 and overs – combined to complete consecutive laps during the four-hour event at the Newtown High School pool.

  • Winter Tips For Feeding Birds

    We are quick to hustle off to the grocery store when winter storms threaten. But what about the many songbirds that do not have such a handy source of food available, just when it is most needed?

    Bird feeders can provide that source of energy for Connecticut’s birds that overwinter, and offer natural entertainment for the humans perched inside, watching the birds perched outside.

  • A World Of Playgrounds Remember 12/14

    Tilt-A-World, founded by Pastor Dan Kelly of Second Chance Bible Church in Bethel, has been building playgrounds for orphanages around the world for ten years. Since 12/14, though, Pastor Kelly has dedicated each of the playgrounds to the memories of the 26 people who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Snapshot: Jim Widmann

    Occupation: I have two businesses. One is SoNo Woodworks in Sandy Hook. We do custom furniture and cabinetry; the other is Connecticut Pyro Manufacturing. We make machinery for manufacturing fireworks. I invented and patented a machine about 15 years ago that applies the paper to the outside of the aerial shell. It does what is otherwise done by hand, ten times faster.