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  • SMART Camp Wraps Up Summer 2015 Sessions

    Six-year-old Arthur Khisyamov propels his balloon powered car, created during SMART Camp, across the table, with one big puff.

  • Two Films Being Featured At ETH; Free Screenings Saturday

    In an attempt to reach a wide range of ages for film screenings this month, the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall (ETH), 45 Main Street, is offering two films each week.

    The ETH Theatre offered Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a PG rated comedy starring Kevin James, twice each day from July 27 until August 2. It also hosted screenings of Mad Max: Fury Road, an R-rated feature with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

  • Craft Class Offers A New Way To Play With Marbles

    Sabrina Boccuzzi, right, fishes marbles out of a bowl of iced water, while class participants gather around. Sabrina, 13, taught the class on Cracked Marble Necklaces at C.H. Booth Library on July 28. Local tweens have two more opportunities — August 3 and 10 — to join the Girl Scout for craft workshops.

  • Considering The Future Of The Media: The Al Neuharth Free Spirit And Journalism Conference In DC

    Walking through the Capitol Building, alongside 50 awe-struck and ambitious high school journalists, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stopped us outside the Senate press briefing room. The veteran Democrat and most senior member of the 114th Congress teasingly asked if we were the “perspiring” journalists he’d heard would be clogging up the halls of Congress that day.

  • At 90, The ‘Father Of Robotics’ Still Wants To Develop Mechanical Caregivers

    The afternoon following his 90th birthday celebration, Newtown resident and the acknowledged “Father of Robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger relaxed in his Hattertown home while his daughter Gay tended to his comfort by bringing a small glass of white wine.

    While Mr Engelberger obviously appreciated the effort along with all the care he receives from his daughter and others, he would much rather see many day-to-day chores being performed on his behalf by a mechanical assistant.

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Returning In August

    The Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices.

    The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street within Fairfield Hills, from 9 am to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $25 per person (no charge for age 16 and under), and participants are invited to bring their own yoga mats and props.

  • The Way We Were


    August 6, 1965

  • Snapshot: Jim Manville

    Occupation: I’m an accountant. I work for New Castle Hotels in Shelton. We own, operate, and develop hotels in North America.

    Family: My wife Barbara and I have been married 33 years, come August. We have two sons, both out of college and moved on. Bill is a computer consultant in Virginia, and David is in Boston. He works in the music concert industry.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The sound of wind chimes will be heard at a bit more of a distance now than for the past year. Ben’s Bells’ last workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road studio was scheduled for this past Wednesday, July 29, with July 30 and 31 scheduled for packing up for a move to larger quarters.

  • NewArts Presents A Kindness In Motion Dance Concert

    A dance group performing “Stand Out” opened the Kindness in Motion Newtown Dance Concert on Friday, July 24. The special event was held to benefit NewArts, a division of The 12.14 Foundation.