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  • Snapshot: Kim Killoy

    Occupation: I am the drug-free communities coordinator for the Newtown Prevention Council. I execute the budget and programs with the help of a supervisory team.

    Family: My husband is Thomas. He works in Manhattan every day. We have four children. Tommy is 17; Jake is 15; Tristan is 11; and Karly is 9 years old.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I had on my running paws this past Saturday, but the vast crowd at the Hartford Marathon intimidated me. So I stayed on the sidelines. My ears perked up during the blessing of the runners before the start of the 26.2-mile race, though, when I thought I heard a familiar voice. That made me scramble up the nearest tree to look over the mob, to the steps of the State Capital, where I saw Newtown Congregational Church minister Reverend Matt Crebbin offering words of thanks and inspiration.

  • The Way We Were

    October 21, 1988

  • The Emotions Of Birmingham Move A Newtown Woman 50 Years Later

    Dr Thomas Gaskin, a major fundraiser for the “Four Spirits” sculpture, stands beside the piece, Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the unveiling. At an August fundraiser at his Mountain Brook, Ala., home, he requested videos from staff of University Hospital, who had worked the day of the church bombing. Among those people is Nan Morrow of Newtown, whose statement and video awakened in her the horror she had hidden for half a century.

  • Children’s Book Inspired By 12/14, By Former Resident And A Longtime Friend, To Be Published October 29

    On October 29, Random House Children’s Books will release Snowflakes Fall, a richly illustrated book that hopes to validate both the sadness that comes with great loss, as well as the power memories play in the healing and renewal process following tragedy. The book was a collaborative effort between Newbury Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachland and her fiend, the illustrator and former longtime Sandy Hook resident Steven Kellogg.

  • Theater Review: ‘The Most Happy Fella’ Continues Goodspeed’s Reputation For Excellent Productions

    “Happy To Make Your Acquaintance”: Tony (Bill Nolte) and Rosabella (Mamie Parris) fall in love in The Most Happy Fella, now playing at Goodspeed Opera House through December 1.

  • Snapshot: Sue Kassirer

    Occupation: I’m a children’s book editor and writer. I worked in publishing at various companies in New York City for 25 years, and I’m currently a freelance editor and writer. I’ve done a lot of children’s book writing for Random House, Disney, Penguin, and others, in which I write about familiar licensed characters from movies and TV. But what I’m just as proud of and enjoyed equally was editing Newbury and Caldecott Award-winning writers such as Katherine Paterson, Avi, Linda Sue Park, and Brian Selznick.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    It’s October and that makes me think about Halloween on Main Street (black cats, of course), witches — and pumpkins. And pumpkins make me think about McKenzie Page’s Third Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. The NHS sophomore invites people once again to carve or decorate a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at her 14 Main Street home, and hopefully drop $5 in the donation jar there. The money she collects each year goes to charity to fight cancer.

  • The Way We Were

    October 14, 1988

    It seemed an unusual time for a power outage. There were no storms or accidents. But at 3:30 pm, on Tuesday, October 31, a tree limb fell on a wire on Church Hill Road, shutting down power in the center of Newtown. Major streets affected included not only Church Hill Road in the center of town, but also Queen Street, Commerce Road, The Boulevard, and Wire Road, as well as other residential streets. Power was not restored until 4:12 pm.

     

  • Snapshot: Stephanie Schneiderman

    Occupation: I’m a baker and owner of Biscotti Etc LLC in Sandy Hook, which I started in January. I picked up a couple of recipes that my mom had had and I baked only at holidays for my friends, for years. After I left teaching, my friends said, “Sell your biscotti!”  I bake them at St John’s Episcopal Church kitchen and sell them through www.biscottietc.com. Before that, I was a middle school teacher out of state and in the area for over 20 years.