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  • Theater Review: "Consultant" At Long Wharf Offers Gallows Humor, Good Acting, Few Answers

    NEW HAVEN — Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant, which is receiving its world premiere at New Haven’s Long Wharf, is billed as a comedy, which could be slightly misleading.

  • Interior Designer Fashions A Book For Young Readers

    A fashion and interior designer for her entire adult life, Newtown resident Beth Kellar Uniacke has turned to fashioning words. Her debut young readers’ book, Sara the Desk Traveler, was released Wednesday, December 17.

  • Second Music For Newtown Auction Goes Live Today, Proceeds To Benefit Resiliency Center

    Music For Newtown will hold its second online auction January 22-29. Numerous artists, including Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Brittany Spears, Black Sabbath and many others have donated special limited edition items to the online auction. Bidding opens at 3 pm today, and will continue until 9 pm Wednesday, January 29.

  • Friends Of Counted Embroidery Begin A New Year

    Another year of counted cross, lazy daisy, and cable stitching began on Thursday, January 9, at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

    Founded in the early 1980s, the Friends of Counted Embroidery group have been meeting for more than 30 years, bringing newcomers, as well as keeping the longtime regulars.

    Judy Killmer, a regular attendee of these embroidery meetings, has been taking the drive from New York State to Newtown for nearly ten years.

  • In 1954: Early Letters To ‘The Bee’ Warned Of DDT Hazards

    The late author Rachel Carson is often credited with awakening Americans to the hazards of DDT contamination in the food chain. But eight years before Rachel Carson cautioned the world about the dangers of the pesticide in her 1962 book, Silent Spring, another voice was calling in the wilderness.

  • Keeping Backyard Birds Healthy And Happy 'A Feel-Good Thing To Do'

    Birds are “amazing,” said Garden Club of Newtown President Holly Kocet. Recently she noticed, “The birds were so busy at the feeders.”

    But as temperatures dropped to frigid single digits and lower this month, she wondered how they can survive the freeze.

    Ms Kocet, who contributes to the garden club’s newsletter with informational pieces about wildlife, again put her thoughts down in an e-mail to The Bee.

  • 12/14 Foundations And Community Groups Reach Out In A Network Of Caring

    A chorus of voices spilled from The Alexandria Room Tuesday afternoon as various outreach and community-based groups networked at Edmond Town Hall.

  • Snapshot: Jim Chillington

    Occupation: I am a roofing contractor, and when I can get away, I like to get out and do some oil painting. I do a lot of landscapes and local scenes. I traded some contracting for art classes at Silvermine a few years ago, but I’m pretty much self-taught. I do a lot of painting with my palette knife.

    Family: I’m married to Elyce. We have two kids. Tori, our daughter, is 14, and James Jr is 13. Both are on the Honor Roll, which is great.

  • The 2014 First Baby Of Newtown: Garrett Hydeck, Jr

    Garrett William Hydeck, Jr, edged out his closest competitor for the title of Newtown’s First Baby 2014 by less than 12 hours.

    Garrett, the son of Stephanie Masciola and Garrett Hydeck, Sr, was born on Thursday, January 2, at 8:45 am, at Yale Children’s Hospital. The Bee also heard from Kadri and Anthony Graffeo, whose son Thomas was born at 8:24 pm January 2. All other “competitors” were born January 3 or later.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    For those of you watching the premiere of this season’s American Idol on Wednesday, January 15, you might have recognized Sandy Hook resident Hayley Pettinato. She was shown briefly, but earned a “golden ticket” to continue on to Hollywood, where the show continues. Seventeen-year-old Hayley is one of three Connecticut residents chosen by the judges for this season. “Getting that golden ticket was honestly like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was so surreal.