• The Top of the Mountain

    According to a Facebook post by Barbara Kraushaar at We Are Newtown, this past weekend, Ricci’s Salon stylists Leah and Taylor collected $500 for a Starbucks card, then contacted the Starbucks in Roseburg, Ore., and asked them to put it toward treating customers there, until it runs out. It’s their way of paying it forward, responding to the many ways that Newtown and Sandy Hook residents were graciously treated in the weeks following 12/14. Roseburg, I’m sure you’re aware, suffered a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, Thursday, October 1.

  • Western CT Police K-9 Challenge Event Benefits Horse Guard

    The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge.

  • Rocker Joe Walsh Barnstorming Into Mohegan Sun October 16

    UNCASVILLE — The last time I had the opportunity to interview rocker and guitar phenom Joe Walsh, our conversation which obviously dwelled heavily on music, ended with a heartfelt plea by the artist.

    Then celebrating nearly 13 years clean and sober himself, Walsh appealed to those grappling with alcohol or substance abuse to get the help they needed to get sober and stick to it.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Jack The Manchester Terrier, A Member Of Teddy Roosevelt’s Family

    On a recent trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., I went looking for a piece of my family history. In the process I discovered the depth of pet ownership of President Theodore Roosevelt at his family home.

  • Theater Review: A Vortex Of Action At TheatreWorks New Milford

    Hal Chernoff as Jack/Maxine and Carey Van Hollen as Meg, during a recent dress rehearsal for Leading Ladies at TheatreWorks New Milford. Performances continue weekends through October 10.

  • Melissa Etheridge Wants To Get Intimate With You... At Solo Shows Monday, Tuesday

    As a lifelong 12-string guitar player, I still recall the day back in 1988 when the first few jangling chords of "Like the Way I Do" came ripping out of the radio, followed by the plaintive, powerful voice of an aspiring singer-songwriter named Melissa Etheridge. 

    While I couldn't really put my finger on exactly what it was that had such intense and immediate appeal, I was far from alone as Etheridge went on to win a Grammy the following year for "Bring Me Some Water," another hit from her self-titled debut. 

  • New Book Celebrates Dogs Who Gave Quiet Comfort To Many Of Newtown’s Young Residents

    When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs.

    At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to The Dogs of Newtown.

  • Sole Sisters Will Tie The Town Pink To Support Cancer Support Center

    In their fight against breast cancer, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends have kicked off their third annual fundraising campaign to “Tie The Town Pink.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHSS effort includes hanging large handmade pink bows throughout the community and as a special gesture to friends and family affected by the disease.

  • Snapshot: Nick Hoffman

    Occupation: I’m the new executive director at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. I came from Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury. The executive director role here has some fundraising elements, program development, and the day-to-day operations to oversee.

    Family: My wife, Robyn, is a psychiatric APRN, and works at Family & Children’s. We have two daughters. Zoe is 4½ years old, and Amelia is 19 months old.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The annual celebration of your right to read what you like, Banned Books Week, started this past Saturday, September 27, and runs through Saturday, October 3. For reasons that range from “anti-family” to “unsuited to age group,” to dozens of other supposed offensives, hundreds of books each year are targeted by groups and individuals for removal from school and public libraries.