• Theater Review: Brookfield Winning Hearts With Two-Woman Pulitzer Play

    BROOKFIELD — A recent performance of ‘Night Mother, the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond.

    While this is a play about the trauma of depression and its treatment by suicide, it is not without humor, love and compassion. Mostly, it is about connection as essential to fulfillment.

  • Brides 2016 Surveys Launched

    The Newtown Bee is working on Brides 2016, its annual supplement for brides- and grooms-to-be.

    Brides Editor Shannon Hicks is hoping to compile a collection of stories for the 2016 supplement, sharing stories of how newlyweds and engaged couples met. Current and former residents of Newtown are all invited to participate.

  • Garden Club Of Newtown Annual Holiday Greens Sale, December 5

    The Garden Club of Newtown will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale from 9 am to noon on Saturday, December 5, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

    This popular annual event is the club’s main fundraiser, and members plan all year by collecting and drying plant materials from their gardens and gathering pinecones and a wide variety of evergreens and other items to be used in creating and decorating evergreen wreaths and tabletop arrangements for the holiday season.

  • Resident Earns University Of Maryland Presidential Award

    Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online.

    Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in the health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College.

    According to the university, the school’s presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of “extraordinary accomplishments and performance.”

  • Young Newtown Actor Among The Cast Of Hartford Stage’s 'A Christmas Carol’

    HARTFORD — Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, has announced the cast of the 18th annual production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. The holiday classic runs November 27 through December 27.

    Over the past 17 years, Connecticut families have been thrilled by Dickens’ supernatural tale of redemption, which introduced the exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” and popularized the perennial greeting “Merry Christmas.”

  • Selectmen Advised: New Police Station Less Costly Than Town Hall South Renovation

    Newtown's appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is advising the Board of Selectmen to scrap the more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South to permit the growing police force to expanding into the full town-owned facility — a former tractor sales and service business. Instead committee members are advising officials to move forward with plans to build a new facility, presumably on public land at Fairfield Hills.

  • Almost Time To Fill The Fire Trucks

    Lee Paulsen, left, director of FAITH Food Pantry, recently met with Sandy Hook EMS Captain Karin Halstead, to go over what the pantry needs this year. The food pantry will receive a pre-Thanksgiving boost this weekend when the public responds to the annual request for Fill The Fire Truck. 

  • Police Probing Rash Of Auto Thefts, Larcenies From Vehicles

    In view of a recent rash of motor vehicle thefts, as well as thefts of items from vehicles, police are urging residents to employ some basic deterrents to decrease the likelihood of such crimes occurring.

    Since September, there have been five thefts of vehicles, as well numerous cases of thefts of items from vehicles, police said.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Horseback Riding, Coastal Beaches Style

    It’s beach season for Connecticut horse and dog lovers! From October 1 to March 31, horses and dogs are allowed on many local beaches to splash in the surf and kick up some sand. Fairfield’s Jennings Beach offers a superb swath of sandbars that during a super low tide give equestrians some awesome gallops. Recently, as I traveled to ride at Jennings, I thought back on my first two beach riding adventures, both on America’s West Coast.

  • Registration Underway For Third Annual National Vigil Service

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Newtown Foundation, in partnership with St Marks Episcopal Church and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, will host a Third Annual National Vigil Service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence in America, Wednesday, December 9, at St Marks, in Washington, DC.