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  • Young Rider Makes Transition From Ponies To Horses Look Easy

    Growing up around horses and receiving riding and jumping training from a teacher who couldn’t possibly care any more about her success than any other (the instructor happens to be her mom), Newtown’s Ellie Ferrigno has quickly become an advanced rider for her age.

    Now 12, Ferrigno is competing against horse lovers who are two, three, four, five — sometimes as many as six — years older than her.

    And she’s still winning.

  • Bill Evans Soulgrass Mashing Jazz, Jams At Fairfield's StageOne

    FAIRFIELD — At age 21, up-and-coming sax man Bill Evans got the opportunity to stand and play in the shadow of arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, Miles Davis. Davis so appreciated Evans’ talents that he featured the young musician on four of his albums recorded in the early to mid-1980s.

  • ‘Write On, Newtown!’ Is ‘Right On’ For Labor Day Parade

    Grand Marshal Sydney Eddison prepares to throw a flower toward bystanders during Monday’s parade.  

  • Residents Fare Well In Bridgewater

    BRIDGEWATER — A few Newtown residents earned trophies, ribbons and other honors during the 63rd Bridgewater Country Fair, which was presented at Bridgewater Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday, August 15-17.

    Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company received the trophy for Best Overall Fire Company following the fair’s opening event on August 15, Bridgewater Fair Firemen’s Parade.

    In addition, other residents received honors for their efforts during the annual three-day event.

  • The 2015 ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac’ Offers Another Year Of Facts And Fun

    The Old Farmer’s 2015 Almanac is on the stands.

    It is the quintessential advice magazine, dispensing information between its covers on subjects as diverse as animal husbandry to romance. Founded in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been the go-to tome for these past 200-plus years, not only for farmers young and old, but for the confounded consumer, as well.

  • I Scream, You Scream: What’s In That Ice Cream?

    Growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s, one of our favorite commercials shouted out, “I scream, you scream! We all scream for… ice milk!” Of course, ice milk was the only alternative to ice cream, and this commercial touted ice milk as the healthy alternative.

  • Peacock Finds A Home On Pennsylvania Farm

    Harley the peacock who made a temporary home at a Shepard Hill Road address earlier this summer has found a permanent roost.

    A friend of resident Susan Nalley has welcomed the colorful bird to her farm in Pennsylvania, Ms Nalley said this week.

    In a recent e-mail, she wrote: “So, Harley came into our lives on July 24, and left on August 25 — what an interesting summer experience!”

  • Panacea Members Return For August 31 Reunion Show: Rain Or Shine, Sunday At Dickinson Park

    Panacea, who performed what turned out to be an abbreviated reunion set during The Great Newtown Reunion last summer, has promised fans that this time they are not leaving the stage early.

  • Yoga Festival Attracts 150 Attendees For Mind-Body Discipline

    Under the guidance of yoga instructor Brian Pontolilo, third from left, a group of yoga participants demonstrates the chair pose. The instructional session was one of many held at the Newtown Yoga Festival. 

  • Snapshot: Robbie DuBroff

    Occupation: I grew up in San Diego and graduated from Berkeley with a degree in social work, and attended school at the University of Texas and University of Louisiana. I did some secretarial work and I worked as a shipyard welder and as a riveter on the Liberty ships, when I was in California, during World War II. It was a job opportunity that paid better. I met my husband, Bob, in New York, when I was in graduate school at NYU. I worked in the tenement buildings there as a social worker. There was always a need for help of some kind.