• Theater Review: ‘Hay Fever’ Hits Just The Right Notes

    A classic British comedy is afoot at The Little Theatre in Newtown. Noel Coward’s Hay Fever is being delightfully played out with superb mastery of the disingenuousness and drama essential to this theater genre in which “none of us ever really means anything.” The spot-on cast of Town Players of Newtown, who is presenting this show weekends through July 18, is serving up hilarity and chaos with its playful and overly theatrical carrying on.

  • Interns Help NFA Restore Preserve’s Beauty, Health

    Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Take My Dog To Your Work Day

    Seventeen years ago Pet Sitters International (PSI) came up with the idea of taking your dog to work for a day as way to celebrate the canine-human bond and promote companion animals. They picked the Friday following Father’s Day. During the early years, when as a pet sitter myself, my company offered tips to other businesses that wanted to join in on PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) for the first time.

  • Village Cemetery Tour Conjures Newtown History

    Town Historian Dan Cruson offered a walking tour of the Village Cemetery on Sunday, June 14.

    While standing in the newer section of the cemetery, Mr Cruson said he would not be talking about the 21st Century graves, but would be focusing on graves from the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries.

  • Antiques Market Returning Saturday

    The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, 10 am to 5 pm, on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus.

    The one-day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history.

    Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions, based in Rhinebeck, N.Y., said he and his company are thrilled to bring back the event.

  • ‘Out Of The Woods’: Kelley Roy Gallery Hosting Third Summer-Long Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition

    “Empty Boat” (55” H by 45” W), one of two massive works by Heriberto Mora on view at Kelley Roy Gallery that leads to what curator Susan Kelley calls “an infinite horizon.”

  • Snapshot: Scott Switzer

    Occupation: I am a classical musician. I’m the principal bassoonist for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and freelance throughout the region. I also teach music at Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury.

    Family: I’m married to Kristen Provost Switzer. She’s a Newtown native and minister at Prospect Congregational Church.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    My favorite watering hole, the fountain at The Pleasance on South Main Street, is out of commission for a bit. The main stem has rusted out after these many years, and work is underway to repair it. I’m feeling mighty thirsty these hot summer days (yes, summer officially started on Sunday!) so hopefully, it won’t be long before the fountain is bubbling over again.

  • The Way We Were

    June 29, 1990

    This week, work started on a project involving the construction of new water lines on Queen Street, (from Glover Avenue to Church Hill Road), and on Church Hill Road (from Queen Street to Main Street). Kevin Moran, general manager of the Newtown Water Company, said the new 12-inchpipe will be connected to the existing 6-inch pipes that will remain in the ground. When there are fires, the new lines will help firefighters, he explained. The project should be completed within a month.

  • Sudden Storm Soaks Season’s First Farmers Market

    Sara Blersch and Nick Harper sold hanging flower baskets and vegetables in season Tuesday, but were promptly cut short by a downpour. They quickly packed away their goods from Daffodil Hill growers, Woodside Farm, in Southbury.