Ray Cooney has long been considered one of the most successful practitioners of the French style farce on the English stage, winning himself the nickname “The English Feydeau” (the French master of the comedies of infidelity involving multiple doors, beds, and mistresses). In particular, Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham and Run For Your Wife (which ran for eight years on the London stage) are performed regularly by local theater groups looking to entertain the homefolks.
Following months of planning, events related to the second annual Newtown Arts Festival have begun. Three events had been held as of Tuesday night, three more weeknight events are still ahead, leading to a huge two-day event September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills.
Native trees and shrubs are now in place and will eventually cast shade on the Deep Brook tributary at Dickinson Park. The recent planting is now an environmentally sensitive area that will need time to mature.
Kenneth Stroud is a mild man, with a ready smile and even at age 93, blue eyes that sparkle. His handshake is firm and while the years threaten to bend him in half, his stride is steady. A deacon in the Catholic Church for 36 years, the native Englishman does not have the demeanor of a man who harbors memories that would raise the eyebrows of the boldest soldier.
But for three and a half years of his life the question for Mr Stroud was always, “What’s next?”
Occupation: I am a lead inspector for Stonehollow Home Inspections. We have an office in Stamford, and I have an office in Newtown. I’ve been doing this for about five years. My previous career was in television lighting in New York City. I worked for the Martha Stewart Show, Food Network, and episodes of Chopped. But they were 12-hour days and I didn’t get to see my family a lot.
Trays of catered foods, tables draped with linen and filled with wine, live music, and a silent auction greeted guests to the sixth annual Mozart, Merlot & Mums to benefit Kevin’s Community Center (KCC). The center is a free medical clinic open to uninsured or underinsured patients. A large banner outside George and Shane Miller’s house at 50 Main Street announced “an afternoon of music, fine wines, and garden tours.” Mr Miller’s extensive gardens and antique barn beckoned to guests while others clustered around food tables or stood listening to music.
American Legion Escort J.R. Dye watches as bicyclers ride from Southbury into Sandy Hook on Tuesday, September 10. The group of 150 bicycle riders, predominantly injured veterans, traveled by bicycle through Newtown that afternoon. The riders were on day three of a seven-day challenge that will eventually take them over 425 miles, finishing in Philadelphia on September 14.