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  • Tending Their Row

    Representing Transition Newtown, Barbara Toomey handled the tender green leaves with care as she pressed young pepper and cabbage plants into the ground Thursday, June 20. She and Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold had help from Transition Newtown member Zachary Marmo, who graduated early from Newtown High School in December and will soon attend college. He added a cluster of tomato plants to row 41 — the Parks and Recreation/Transition team’s row.

  • Snapshot: Erin Baier

    Occupation: I’m a second grade teacher in Washington Depot, at Washington Primary School. I’m the only second grade teacher there. It’s a sweet little school.

    Family: I’m engaged to Jesse Birden, and we’re getting married in September. I met him when we were both at Newtown High School and have been dating since. My mom and dad, Michelle and Steve, live here in Newtown, and my brother Matt goes to school at UConn.

  • Summer Jam Brings Music To Children

    Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, a band based out of Boston, opened the new Summer Jam Concert Series at Dickinson Park on Wednesday afternoon. From left are bass player Paul Kochanski, Vanessa Trien on vocals and guitar, and Julie Rama Winslow, also on vocals and guitar. The free outdoor concert series hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation will continue offering weekly concerts for families and children ages 10 and under until August 7. 

  • Paying It Forward With Gestures Of Kindness From Middle School Students

    Students in Newtown Middle School 8 Purple Cluster learned more than grammar and punctuation, mathematics and geography this past semester. They were among those whose teachers incorporated life lessons into their curriculum this past spring, including the idea of paying kindness forward.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part 12: Giving Back In A Positive Way

    From left are Margaret Walsh, Eric Swartz, and Maureen Gotowski at the Rock N Roll USA Marathon in Washington D.C., where the trio raised over $5,000 for The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund.

  • Theater Review: A Celebration Of One Very Talented Collaborative Duo

    DANBURY — This year Musicals at Richter has departed from its usual format by having their first production be a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening, a review of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, some forty numbers chosen from their most popular shows including Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, as well as some from shows you’ve probably never seen: State Fair, Allegro, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, and Cinderella.

  • Go-Kart Driver Represents Family, Sandy Hook

    Ryan Tani stands with his go-kart, which was repainted recently to represent his hometown and his mother’s workplace. Ryan, 11, is paying respect to Sandy Hook School with his green and white vehicle, and disproving a long-held racing myth that green can be an unlucky paint scheme.

  • Potluck At The Pantry

    Volunteers recently gathered for a potluck supper to mark the 30th anniversary of FAITH Food Pantry, a nonecumenical pantry based out of St John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook. While it was an event to mark three decades of helping people put food on their tables, the fact is FAITH — and its Social Services counterpart at Town Hall South — is still a necessity in Newtown.

  • Art Donation ‘Transports The Soul’

    The six-month anniversary of 12/14 was chosen to unveil a new display at C.H. Booth Library.

    A gift to the library by artist and former Sandy Hook resident Jean A. Mann, a miniature porcelain carved dragonboat is now enclosed in a glass case through the lobby near the main checkout desk. The piece, carved in 1979, was created in memory of Ms Mann’s friends Hazel Crawley, Jessica Davidson, and Marni Wood.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There were many unsettled emotions swirling about town last Friday, June 14, and it seems that Mother Nature felt equally unsettled. At about 8 pm on Friday, June 14, Kitten Associates Founder Robin Olson saw this funnel-shaped cloud form over Sandy Hook from Route 34, as well as a mesocyclone (rising air that rotates around a vertical axis) that spawned the funnel. Robin took photos to prove it and shared it with me for publication. She tells me she is, “Glad it didn’t form a tornado…” Me too, Robin.