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  • Snapshot: Kevin Hoyt

    Occupation: I coach track at Newtown High School, and I when I’m not coaching, I work at the Nike store in Westport.

    Family: My mom, Tina Welsh, and stepdad, Ted Welsh, live in Newtown. My dad, Ray, and stepmom, Betsy Hoyt, are in Sandy Hook. My sister, Andrea, lives on Cape Cod. I have a stepbrother, Matt, at Ohio State, and my stepsister, Lindsey, is a junior at Newtown High School.

  • Veterans Recall The End Of The War In Europe

    With this autumn marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — and May 7 the anniversary of the unconditional surrender by the German Allied Forces, the beginning of the end of the war — The Newtown Bee reached out to local veterans with an invitation to share their stories.

  • Free Screening Of Costner Feature This Weekend At Edmond Town Hall

    The theater at Edmond Town Hall will offer a free screening of McFarland USA on Saturday, May 9.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I read at www.screenfree.org that May 4-10 was (is still) “Screen Free Week,” and the fur on my back stood up. And that led me to realize how connected we are to screens of all kinds. Turning off the computer screen at work turned out not to be an option, for this all paws journalist. Then I started thinking about other links: Kindle, iPhone, iPads, television… what’s a newscat to do?

  • Out Of Her Shell And Confident On Stage: Young Newtown Actor Part Of ‘Godspell’ In Brookfield

    The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) will continue its 58th season with a production of Godspell, the energetic musical by Stephen Schwartz that debuted off-Broadway in 1971 before going on to become a three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winning show.

  • Workshop Seeks To Show Power In Poetry

    Ashley Gong, a Newtown High School junior and one of five 2014 National Student Poet Ambassadors, is looking forward to sharing her love of poetry with area students in grades 6-8 at the “Po(w)e (r)try” workshop, four Monday evenings, beginning May 18, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • Young Newtowner Fighting To Protect Support Services For Big Sister

    While Newtown sisters Katie and Jamie Rowan are happy hanging out and playing games or taking an occasional romp on the family trampoline with big sister Amanda, the younger siblings know how their family depends on the sensitive and expert support they receive from state Department of Developmental Services (DDS) professionals who are expert at handling behaviors related Amanda’s autism spectrum disorder.

  • Newly Seated Community Center Commission Begins Work

    Thirteen residents stood before Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead on Tuesday evening with raised hands, as she swore them in as volunteers forming a new Community Center Commission. They are John Boccuzzi, Bill Buchler, Andy Clure, Rob Cox, Sean Dunn, Brian Hartgraves, Carla Kron, Brian Leidlein, Christopher McDonnell, Jeremy Richman, Sheila Torres, Kinga Walsh, and David Wheeler.

    Sworn in ahead of time and not present Tuesday was the fourteenth member Nicole Hockley.

  • Earth Day Festival Drew Hundreds Of Attendees

    The Neverland String Band — from left, Bill Burton, Cadence Carroll, and young Jessup Burton, performed during the Earth Day Festival last weekend. A steady line-up of entertainment was one of the offerings during the eighth annual event presented on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School.

  • Concert Preview: Guitarist Julian Lage Bringing His Artistry To Edmond Town Hall Friday

    Julian Lage, who is headlining this Friday’s tenth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall series, told The Newtown Bee that his touring partner Chris Eldridge is recovering from the ski injury that waylaid him and prevented the Punch Bothers guitarist from appearing on the same bill here. But Lage is soldiering on, promising an even more intimate and diverse performance in a solo format, with Stamford-based father-daughter duo Dave and Emma Hart opening.