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  • Producer, Local Rappers Meet In The Cloud, Create Street Smart Beats

    One evening last winter as Newtown High School graduate and aspiring rapper Mason West — a/k/a Stirling DuBois — was sitting in his dorm room at the University of Vermont surfing Soundcloud looking for inspiration and possible collaborators, he discovered not one, but two protégés right back here at his own alma mater.

    Enter two current NHS seniors: rapper Chris Daly and producer Zach Aumueller.

  • ‘Christmas Vacation’ At Edmond Town Hall, December 21-23

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be screened for three days at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street.

    Released in December 1989, the film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Dianne Ladd, Doris Roberts, William Hickey, John Randolph, and E.G. Marshall. The film was the third release in the National Lampoon series that followed the Griswold family through adventures, but the only one that kept them at home.

  • 26 Days Of Kindness: Small Gestures Gain Momentum Year By Year

    Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures.

     —Bob Kerrey

     

     

    Like many others, Ashley Petersen did not know any of the children or women who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14, but she was horrified and changed by what happened that day.

  • Planes, Trains, And — A Bicycle

    It was by chance, not design, that 18-year-old Amaury Bargioni of Paris, France, ended up at the Newtown General Store, Thursday, December 11, for lunch. And it was by chance that Newtown residents Joanne and Phil Keane struck up a conversation with the young man, intrigued by his arrival on a pack-laden bicycle — and that he was wearing only a T-shirt on a chilly, snowy day that had most locals bundled up in parkas and wool sweaters.

  • Snapshot: Meg Reilly

    Occupation: I’m the Central Office secretary for the Board of Education.

    Family: My husband is Patrick. Our son, Sean, is a freshman at Eastern State University, and our daughter, Katie, is a junior at Newtown High School.

    Pets: I have two cats, Lucy and Ethel. They’re siblings that we adopted from friends, and are half-Siamese.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown children’s book author and illustrator Paul Meisel has illustrated Chapter 2 of a serialized kids’ mystery e-book, to be released one chapter at a time, beginning January 4. Mr Meisel is among many Connecticut authors/illustrator to volunteer their time to write and illustrate The Great Connecticut Caper, the brainchild of the Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut Center for the Book. The book follows the adventures of a couple of 11-year-old kids hot on the trail of finding the missing Gillette Castle in East Haddam.

  • The Way We Were

    December 22, 1989

    Bill Manfredonia says he believes in education. And he’s in a good position to see that his philosophy is carried out at Newtown High School. Mr Manfredonia was hired as principal for the high school as of December 19, with a salary of $70,000. He had been serving as interim principal since June while the school board conducted a search for a new principal when Tim Breslin, former principal, left to become superintendent of Regional School 6.

  • Classic, Legacy Acts Still Weaving Stories, Rocking Fans Across Region

    The biggest draws at regional concert venues this fall mirrored bills that may have played the same or similar venues 20, 30, even more than 40 years ago. At the same time, other legacy acts — along with a secret weapon super group — energized more intimate venues, bringing classic storytellers up close and personal to fans, many who have been following some of those the artists for decades.

    Bob Seger and The J. Geils Band, which played Mohegan Sun Arena December 6, was a study in contrasts.

  • Children’s Museum Seeks Support, Finds New Home

    Now in storage, but ready to visit businesses in town is R. Hero, a 6-foot tall puppy Dalmatian sculpture. Its purpose is to celebrate local heroes, serve as a visual reminder of the traits of a hero such as courage, respect, honor and compassion for others, and encourage children to think, inquire, and wonder about the world around them.

  • Senior Center Celebrates The Holidays

    From left, Senior Center writing instructor Diana Baxter, Karen Aurelia, Senior Center Director Marilyn Place, Assistant to the Director Judy Thomas, Senior Center yoga teacher Eileen Byrnes, Newtown Social Services Director Ann Piccini, and Senior Center exercise instructor Mary Ann Phillips are happy to be together for the holiday celebration.