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  • Snapshot: Bill McCarthy

    Occupation: I am the CFO at Newtown Savings Bank, and this summer will make 15 years I’ve been doing this. I take care of anything financial — budgeting, reporting, profitability reporting, and a lot of other things.

    Family: My wife Margaret and I have been married for 18 years. We have a son, Tim, who is 12, and a daughter, Ally, who is 9 years old.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There has been a change of venue for Friday night’s family ice skating party. Instead of the temporary rink at Fairfield Hills, the February 7 event has been moved to the Dickinson Park pavilion rink... weather permitting (it’s been one of those weeks, after all.) There is still time to sign up for the event, which will run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. DJ Kevin Koschel will provide the music, and there will be a small bonfire. There is no charge, but reservations are requested so that organizers know how much hot chocolate will be needed.

  • The Way We Were

    February 10, 1989

  • Snow Days Made For Hard Work, Some Play

    As soon as residents cleared snow from walkways, streets, and lots that blanketed the town on Monday, the sky opened up again. Wednesday morning brought a second round of path and driveway clearing, as between six and nine inches of snow topped Monday’s precipitation. By early afternoon Wednesday, the blustery white flakes turned into rain.

  • ‘Theatre On Your Feet’ Benefits From Experienced Teacher

    They are not ready to pack the house yet, but Newtown youth involved in the Parks & Recreation sponsored “Theatre On Your Feet” program since its inception in January 2013 are developing theater skills that segue into real life, said program instructor Theresa Talluto.

  • Snapshot: Nancy Belanger

    Occupation: I’m retired from Cartus Relocation in Danbury, after 25 years, a great company to work for.

    Family: I’ve been married to Eddie for 46 years. We have two children. Susan is married to Chris Quirk, and they live in Newtown. Jeff is married to Megan and they live in Bellingham, Mass. We have two fabulous grandchildren. Henri is 4 years old, and Sophie is 6 years old. My brother, Bob Chamberland, also lives in Sandy Hook.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Here’s one good thing about the Arctic temperatures we’ve been enduring. The temporary ice skating rink at Fairfield Hills has been set up for the season, and I have noticed people are taking time to visit it again. The rink will have a formal event next weekend, when Newtown Parks & Recreation hosts a family ice skating party on Friday, February 7. DJ Kevin Koschel will provide music for the event, which will run from 6:30 until 9:30 pm. Hot chocolate and hot coffee will be served, and a small bonfire will help keep some guests warm.

  • Field Notes: Considering The Sessile Life

    A corkscrew hazelnut sits outside the back door in its winter glory. All the other plants and shrubs are looking pretty chastened, deceased even, awaiting their Easter resurrections. But this jaggedy hazelnut cuts a fine figure against the snow, having long-since jettisoned its drab, unkempt cover of leaves. Its electric personality is now fully exposed in its branches with all the manic excitement of a Kramer, a Harpo Marx, a Harry Lauder.

  • The Way We Were

    February 3, 1989

    The final draft of the state’s Environmental Impact Evaluation repeats in four volumes what the November draft reported in one — that Newtown’s site is the “best fit” for a $46 million proposed jail. Newtown’s first selectmen and legal counsel have a different interpretation of the evaluation’s usefulness, however, and expect to begin analyzing legal remedies next week.

     

  • Sloan Wainwright Taps Newtowner Cadence Carroll For Flagpole Radio Café Support

    Audience members may recognize her name as part of the Wainwright legacy in pop and folk music. And Sloan Wainright (above) — sister of Loudon Wainwright III, and aunt to Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche of The Roches — has plans to thrill the next Flagpole Radio Café audience with her clever and highly personal songwriting and huge contralto voice. She will be supported by longtime friend and guitarist Steven Murphy, and Newtown-based vocalist and percussionist Cadence Carroll (below) at the February 8 show.