• The Way We Were

    December 29, 1989

    Kevin Jones, a deputy planning director in Roswell, Ga., has been selected as Newtown’s first economic development coordinator, and was expected to confirm his verbal acceptance of the post, Thursday. If Mr Jones confirms the hiring, he would begin work in early February at a salary of $52,000.



  • The Top of the Mountain

    Are you looking for something fun to do during winter break? Newtown High School hockey coaches and players invite youth hockey players from town to join them for a free skate at Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury, on Sunday, December 28, from 9 to 10 am. This is an opportunity for up-and-coming skaters to meet members of the Nighthawks, and for the high school coaches to interact with some of their future players. Register online at newtownhockey.com.

  • Snapshot: Peter Andrew

    Occupation: I’m the IT manager for Familycare Visiting Nurse, out of Stratford.

    Family: I’ve been married to Andrea Von Amelunxen for 14 years. We have one son, Gregory, who is 10 years old. I have two grown children in New Zealand, Nicky and Chris, and my grandchildren Chloe, Emma, and Taylor. Nicky is expecting another child in April.

  • A Look Back At The People Of Newtown, 2014

    Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were these stories.

    Newtown resident Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board.

  • Our Christmas Cover

    Ross MacDonald created this year’s Christmas cover for The Newtown Bee.

    Mr MacDonald, a professional illustrator, has lived in the Hattertown section of Newtown since October 1996.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Puppy’s First Christmas

    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.


    Holiday Decorating For Dogs

  • Pilobolus Performs With Reed Students

    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. 

  • Planes, Trains, And — A Bicycle

    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.

  • Producer, Local Rappers Meet In The Cloud, Create Street Smart Beats

    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.

  • ‘Christmas Vacation’ At Edmond Town Hall, December 21-23

    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.