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  • Theater Review: "Becoming Dr Ruth" A Life-Affirming Saga Of An Unexpected Celebrity

    HARTFORD — I really didn’t know what to expect from Becoming Dr Ruth, Mark St Germain’s one-woman play about America’s most famous sex therapist, the tiny grandmotherly woman with the thick German accent, the beaming smile, and the startlingly frank vocabulary. Hartford TheaterWorks had been touting the show for months, bringing it directly from Pittsfield, Mass., where it premiered to sell out audiences last June.

  • Through Rain, Then Sunshine, Another Successful LobsterFest

    A LobsterFest attendees smiles Friday night after receiving the final item on her food tray: a just-cooked lobster. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue presented its 26th Annual LobsterFest on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

  • Theater Review: A Pleasant, Updated "I Do! I Do!" In Ridgefield

    A night out doesn’t always end well for Michael (Philip Hahn) and Agnes (Stephanie Sands) in I Do! I Do!, weekends through June 29 at Ridgefield Theater Barn. Newtown Bee Theater Reviewer Julie Stern, like many around her during a recent performance, very enjoyable.

  • Snapshot: Jane Cottingham

    Occupation: I’ve been an antiques dealer for over 40 years, and I’ve owned four shops, including one in Newtown, in the 1980s. It was in the building on the corner of Pecks Lane, where the pasta shop is now. The building there then was Mrs Doss’s Antiques, and a hot dog stand before that. The fire department burned it down as an exercise, and then we built there. I still sell antiques, privately.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    CBS News out of Manitoba, Canada, reports that singer Harry Connick, Jr, has written a song especially for Ana Marquez-Greene. “Love Wins” is the song on Harry’s new CD, written in memory of 6-year-old Ana, who died 12/14. Ana’s dad, Jimmy, is a member of Connick’s band.

  • The Way We Were

    June 17, 1988

  • Lighthouse Festival Set To Welcome Newtown’s Families On Saturday

    A 20-foot tall custom built lighthouse, complete with working lights, was set up in front of Trinity Episcopal Church late afternoon Wednesday, July 12. The lighthouse will serve as a beacon for the first public event of Ben’s Lighthouse, a lighthouse festival that will take place at the church on Saturday, June 15.

  • Snapshot: Lucy Handley

    Occupation: I am the adult program director at the C.H. Booth Library, as of May 1. That entails finding interesting people who have something to contribute to our community to come in and present. It can be anyone from performers to authors to special speakers. On Sundays, I work at my brother’s Good Luck Food Truck at the Elephant’s Trunk flea market in New Milford. I’m an artist, too, and before we moved to Newtown I worked for magazines in New York City doing picture research.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review by Dawn Drazl this past weekend calls Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.” If that’s not enough to send you scurrying to get a copy of the book, maybe knowing that it is penned by Newtown author and award-winning blogger Elissa Altman will do the trick. Elissa’s been crisscrossing the country promoting her new book this spring.

  • The Way We Were

    June 10, 1988