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  • 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.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Returning In August

    The Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices.

    The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street within Fairfield Hills, from 9 am to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $25 per person (no charge for age 16 and under), and participants are invited to bring their own yoga mats and props.

  • The Way We Were


    August 6, 1965

  • Snapshot: Jim Manville

    Occupation: I’m an accountant. I work for New Castle Hotels in Shelton. We own, operate, and develop hotels in North America.

    Family: My wife Barbara and I have been married 33 years, come August. We have two sons, both out of college and moved on. Bill is a computer consultant in Virginia, and David is in Boston. He works in the music concert industry.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The sound of wind chimes will be heard at a bit more of a distance now than for the past year. Ben’s Bells’ last workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road studio was scheduled for this past Wednesday, July 29, with July 30 and 31 scheduled for packing up for a move to larger quarters.

  • NewArts Presents A Kindness In Motion Dance Concert

    A dance group performing “Stand Out” opened the Kindness in Motion Newtown Dance Concert on Friday, July 24. The special event was held to benefit NewArts, a division of The 12.14 Foundation.

  • Newtown's Version Of 'Liberty Smith' May Be Heading To New York

    Are you one of those lucky theater lovers who saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder during its premier at Hartford Stage before it went on to capture four 2014 Tony Awards on Broadway?

    Well, you won’t have to travel further than Newtown High School this weekend to see another entertaining musical that could have its next premier on the boards in New York.

  • Families Welcome Fresh Air Guests For Summer Fun

    Families from Newtown and area towns stood in the shade outside Christ the King Lutheran Church on July 27, waiting for their Fresh Air Fund guests to arrive. A bus from New York City carrying children who would be spending time with these families arrived at 3 pm, right on schedule. Holding their signs and watching bus passengers come into view are, from left, Heather and Anna Peck, Leslie Xie, and the Panus family — parents Kellie and Stephen, with sons Jake and Liam.