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  • Opening This Weekend: A Not So Ordinary Art Show At Plain Jane’s

    BETHEL — Plain Jane’s Restaurant at 208 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel will be anything but plain by the time Bethel artist Adele Moros finishes hanging the art work of six of the restaurant’s regular patrons on Saturday, August 3.

  • An Even Greater Newtown Reunion For California Man

    André Middlebrook has recently returned from California to the Newtown area, where his ancestral roots are set. Mr Middlebrook is the third cousin to town benefactress Mary Elizabeth Hawley.

  • Snapshot: Kevin Cleary

    Occupation: I’m a strength and conditioning coach at Newtown Youth Academy, and for private clients within their homes. I’m a certified physical education teacher, but I’m not currently teaching. I like to be where I can have a real impact. I’ve also coached high school wrestling and football in area schools in past years.

  • ‘Seussical: The Musical’ Nearing Performance Time

    Like the students who quickly went from sight reading the song “Green Eggs and Ham” to singing it within a matter of minutes on Tuesday, July 30, Seussical: The Musical is coming together for its set performance dates of Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, at 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, at 2 pm.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge To Return To Main Street

    The first year Mackenzie Page issued The Great Pumpkin Challenge, she received 149 jack o’lanterns for the fundraiser and seasonal offering. Donations received when residents dropped off their carved or painted pumpkins totaled over $3,700 that year, which were donated between a family friend fighting cancer and the American Cancer Society.  

  • Fair Weather Helped Thousands Groove At This Year’s Gathering Of The Vibes

    Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh and his band thrilled audiences Friday and Saturday nights at the Gathering of the Vibes. Phil & Friends played more than six hours of Dead material, with a heavy sampling from the band’s early psychedelic era.

  • Theater Review: A Brilliant Offering Continues Goodspeed’s Golden Anniversary Season

    While there is much to celebrate in Goodspeed Opera House’s current production of Hello, Dolly!, the best things are the big musical numbers performed by the large and very gifted ensemble. Milliners, chief clerks and others are being taught how to dance in this scene featuring, from left, Catherine Blades, Jeremy Morse, Brooke Shapiro, Charles MacEachern, Ashley Brown, and Spencer Moses.

  • Ben's Lighthouse Took Newtown Spirit To Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

    Ben’s Lighthouse Workcampers sharing a moment with an Oklahoma couple (near the center of the group, holding green Ben's Lighthouse T-shirts) who lost their home in the tornado.  After seeing the group on the local news, the couple drove 25 minutes from their temporary home to thank the group for coming.

  • Two More Opportunities To Catch Inaugural Summer Jam Concerts

    Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience participation. The next concert in the series will be Wednesday, July 31, featuring Robert The Guitar Guy. The season finalé will be August 7, with Zak Morgan. Concerts begin at 12:30 at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, and are free of charge.

  • Nourishments: A Berry Nice Summer

    My vegetable garden is struggling this year. Peas and lettuce were late and now are bolting in the heat. The beans leapt out of the soil and have continued to stretch for the sun, battling the peas (which were supposed to be finished by the time the beans sprouted) and wrapping tendrils around the nearby tomatoes, instead of the poles provided.