• Who's Afraid Of The Dark?

    Looking at a late October sky brightened by a Hunter’s Moon, Aaron Coopersmith asked: How do you know the difference between a planet and a star?

    “Stars twinkle,” he said.

  • Storyboard and Puppet Making Programs Added To Library Calendar

    Certified art therapist Nicole Porter Wilcox of Emerald Sketch, LLC, in Brooklyn, N.Y., will offer three sessions on storyboarding, Mondays, November 2, 16 and 30, at C.H. Booth Library, for Newtown residents ages 8-13. Each session is limited to ten people. Participants may sign up for one, two, or three of the sessions.

  • A Walk On A Moonlit Night — Anyone Scared?

    Newtown Forest Association hike leader Dr Aaron Coopersmith does not want to give away his costume yet, but is inviting guests to dress for Halloween and join him Tuesday, October 27, at 7 pm, at the Holcombe Hill Preserve, 65 Great Hill Road, for a Hunter’s Moon full moon hike. Flashlights are optional, but “come prepared,” he said in a recent e-mail. Halloween Costumes are also optional. Guardians must accompany children.

  • Equestrians Ride For The Cure

    Komen Connecticut and the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard held the first Ride for the Cure, on the Horse Guard’s Fairfield Hills grounds, on October 24. Riders dressed in pink and saddled up to raise funds and awareness for the local fight against breast cancer. Among the participants were members of the Wilton Riding Club. Pictured are, from front to back: Kat Aznaran on Safe Cracker, Kate Hynes on Irish Elegance, Libby Scaperotta on Wile E Coyote, Lily Kepner on Scooby Doo, and Alexis Kaine on Leave Me A Roan.

  • Scarecrow Sculptures On View; Voting Continues To Thursday

    A collection of 31 sculptures was put on display over the weekend, taking over the front lawn of Newtown Middle School.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Matching Donation Announced

    This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign has already started collecting donations, and this week challenge creator Mackenzie Page announced the Life is Good company will match each dollar donated, up to $10,000, for the cause. The annual fundrasier has primarily raised funds for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp since its inception in 2011.

  • Lisa Unleashed: National Pit Bull Awareness Month & Bill O’Reilly

    Even before 2005, when 12-year-old Nick Faibish was mauled to death in San Francisco by a “pit bull,” these dogs were maligned, misunderstood, and made into media fodder. After this unfortunate death, Bill O’Reilly featured actress Linda Blair on his Fox News cable show The Factor in search of someone who wanted to stand up for the perilous pit bull. His argument at the time: stay as far away from these dangerous dogs as possible.

  • Racing Gourds & Flying Pumpkins: Lions Host 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Races

    The Newtown Lions Club conducted its Sixth Annual Great Pumpkin Race October 17 behind Edmond Town Hall, featuring some fiercely competitive gourd racers and several other seasonal diversions, including pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and the ever-popular hurling of pumpkins into the woods by Mark Michaud and Don Ramsey’s pumpkin trebuchet. Here, Aidan Lourenco, 7, is shown with his pumpkin, BB8 from Star Wars.

  • Boiling Up Support For Gulf Coast Mission

    Doug Body, left, and Larry Whippie check on a vat of potatoes and Andouille sausage before serving it as part of Newtown Congregational Church’s Low County Shrimp Boil, the third annual community benefit to support Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. The benefit was held October 17 in the church’s Great Room. The church established a relationship in 2005, when it sent financial support to the United Church of Christ mission following Hurricane Katrina.

  • Snapshot: Amy Dent

    Occupation: I’m mainly a volunteer these days. I retired from executive recruiting in 2002. I helped companies find middle and senior management personnel in finance and technology.