This week kicks off the hectic holiday season and that means travel, turkey, and a tendency toward large family gatherings. It also means happiness for the household hounds with guests bearing extra treats, kisses, and belly rubs. As we plan for the upcoming festivities let’s pledge to keep our pets happy and hazard-free.
I “paw-sed” to look in the case just outside of the Children’s Department at the C.H. Booth Library, last week. Four lovely little cottages, crafted by artists in California and Oregon, and cast in sand mailed to the artists from Newtown, are on display. The fairy cottages, each depicting a different season of the year, are lovely works, and worth taking a moment to look at, should you be at the library sometime before the middle of December.
There were undoubtedly a lot of Country Music fans glued to their TVs on November 5, the night of the 47th Annual CMAs – the Country Music Association’s annual awards ceremony. But there were probably few as excited as local family members of former Newtown resident Matt Wheeler, whose work as a Nashville recording studio engineer was featured on seven CMA nominated albums and songs by Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Keith Urban.
A 25–60-year sentence awaits Richard Crafts for killing his wife, Helle, three years ago, although lawyers for the former pilot say they will appeal the conviction because of widespread publicity generated by the sensational case. Mr Crafts, 51, was found guilty of murder Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court. The prosecution alleged he killed his flight attendant wife, cut the body into pieces with a chainsaw and ran some of the body parts through a woodchipper to destroy the evidence.
DANBURY — Two “brothers from other mothers” and one of the hottest Texas Blues guitarists in the nation will converge in a super group configuration November 29 on the stage of Danbury’s Palace Theater.
Michael Allman, Charles Neville and Jeff Pitchell will be coming together performing a night of rock and blues that is sure to include popular favorites from across those two genres and beyond.
RIDGEFIELD — The opening night of Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, celebrated last Friday night at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, was well received by a fully sated, sold out audience. The cabaret style seating lent itself to the camaraderie and intimacy of the piece. We felt like flies on the wall of the bedroom set, so much so that audience members felt compelled to chime in.
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, under the direction of David Bass, is pretty much flawless.
Full disclosure here, I love this play. It pulls back the curtain on a dark time in American history, when many were willing to turn a blind eye to a plague striking an entire population deemed to be different. Because of their preferences, they were marginalized in their time of suffering and need. Tissues should be provided with the tickets.
Occupation: I am a senior at Newtown High School, and looking at Naugatuck Community College for their automotive technician studies. I work part-time at LeReine’s Cuisine, and I work for LRM contractors in the winter, shoveling.
Family: My mother is Judi and my father is Mark. I have an older sister. Her name is Ali. She’s 19 and goes to the Culinary Institute of America. I get free food out of it, so that’s good.
Newtown High School will present Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23. Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one-night-only engagement, problems ensue.
The school announced the production on Friday, November 14.
A special birthday party took place Monday morning, November 17, when former and current drivers, and board members of Newtown Meals on Wheels (MOW) gathered in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library to celebrate 40 years of service to the community.