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  • Native American Musician Added To Parade Line-Up

    The Newtown Labor Day Parade always kicks off with the rat-a-tat-tat of the drums and the flash of brass instruments as the Newtown High School Marching Band comes down the street. Salsa dancers, pipe and drum corps, the skirling of bagpipes, and banjo music have also been regular parts of the entertainment over the years. Parade-goers will experience a new kind of music this September, though, when Joseph FireCrow, of the North Cheyenne tribe of Native Americans, and an acclaimed Native American flutist, brings his indigenous music to town.

  • Ben’s Bells Project Spreading Kindness Throughout Connecticut

    Jeannette Maré’s visit to Newtown the week of July 20 was three-fold.

  • ‘The Truth Is In The Beer’ At Veracious Tasting Room

    Mark and Tess Szamatulski and tasting room manager Jeff Jansko are excited to introduce area beer lovers to the Veracious brews.

  • Fresh And Fun Summer Cooking Lives Up To Its Name

    Sampling the ingredients was harder to resist for some than others, as 8-year-old Abigail Harrington, right, demonstrates, while she and Juliana Battaglia prepare the gazpacho soup recipe for the daily “Food TV” show at the Fresh and Fun Summer Cooking Class, sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation.        

  • Sunday Cinema Series Continued With ‘Casablanca'

    Newtown Cultural Arts Commission continued its Sunday Cinema Series with two screenings of the film Casablanca on Sunday, July 19, at Edmond Town Hall.

    Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), in collaboration with Edmond Town Hall and with support from the Law Offices of James O. Gaston, was able to showcase Director Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic film, which stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

  • Ben’s Bells: Ringing Out The Old, Ringing In The New

    This story has been amended to reflect the correct spelling of the Ben's Bells founder's last name, which is Maré, not Maté.

    Wednesday, July 29, will be the final workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road Ben’s Bells Newtown Studio. The doors will not be closing permanently, however, on the program that has issued thousands of the handcrafted ceramic bead and bell ornaments to the Newtown community, and many other communities in need of an act of kindness.

  • A Glimpse of the Garden: Local Organizations Join To Renew Hilltop Gardens

    “A Glimpse Of The Garden” is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener’s work — a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory.

  • Concert Preview: Gathering Of The Vibes Continues Drawing Top Jam Band Talent To Bridgeport 20 Years On

    BRIDGEPORT — Two decades ago Connecticut entrepreneur and self-avowed Deadhead Ken Hays decided to mount a concert commemorating the passing of legendary Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia. He may never have conceived the musical celebration would become an annual tradition, never mind a four-day, jam-packed home state festival destination for the world's best musicians - and tens of thousands of fans.

  • Snapshot: Kathy Gadoci

    Occupation: I work for my husband, Robert, who is a chiropractor in Brookfield. I’m his office manager.

    Family: Robert and I have been married for 26 years. We have a son, Anthony, who is 27, and our daughter, Danielle, is 26. Both went to Newtown High School.

    Pets: We have three cats. Striker is 12. Sherha, we found outside in our yard, five years ago. Midnight, we just got from the local pound.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I do have to disagree with my friends of the Old Farmers’ Almanac, who seem to be having an off year predicting this summer’s weather. “Hotter and drier than normal” does not seem to fit the bill here in New England, where temperatures were downright cool prior to this week. And I don’t know about you, but I have hustled more than once to find a sheltered spot from the rain. Admittedly, though, the forecast for a hot spell in early June was on target, as does the mid-to late-July prediction for hot weather seem to be accurate, so far.