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  • Sandy Hook Events Launch Two-Week Arts Festival

    Art lovers perused more than a dozen demonstrations, exhibits and pop-up galleries while music lovers braved sizzling temperatures to enjoy a Beatles tribute band Saturday, September 6, as the 2014 Newtown Arts Festival sprang to life with overlapping events sponsored by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP).

  • Meeting House To Host Trio Taking World Of Traditional Irish Music By Storm

    Combining the talents of Nuala Kennedy, John Doyle and Dubliner Eamon O’Leary, The Alt focuses on songs, as opposed to instrumental dance tunes, from the Irish, Scottish, English, and American roots traditions.

  • Theater Review: ‘Stop Kiss’ Offers A Tender Journey Through Needless Violence AT Theater Barn

    RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield Theatre Barn is presenting Diana Son’s Stop Kiss in its fall lineup. The play, under the capable direction of Marla Manning, provides an intimate story of how we choose who we love and how those choices are adjusted by the world around us.

  • Light A Candle For Ben Wheeler, Friday Night

    Friday, September 12, would have been Benjamin Wheeler’s eighth birthday. Friends are joining members of the Wheeler family to remember Ben and the other children and educators lost at Sandy Hook School with light.

    Ben loved lighthouses. To share the light of Ben’s spirit, all are invited to place a candle safely in a window, doorway, or porch on Friday evening. Ideas include using a real candle, an LED candle, an electric window candle, a luminary, a lighthouse lamp, etc.

  • An Arts Festival Event: Arts, Crafts And Laughs Surrounded Young Guests At Children’s Art Party

    Weaving, painting, coloring, and hugging therapy dogs were all part of the Second Annual Children’s Art Party held September 7 at NYA Sports & Fitness. The event was an early Newtown Arts Festival event, just one part of the “ridiculous abundance of enriching activities throughout September all around town” that been promised by festival organizers.

  • First Of Its Kind: An 'Excellent' Leaps Of Faith Tournament Of Champions

    The Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers hosted “Tournament of Champions,” a first of its kind grassroots water ski tournament for individuals with spinal cord injuries, on August 23 on Lake Lillinonah in Southbury.

    With 16 skiers from all across the Northeast participating, the tournament was a great success, according to a recent release.

  • Theater Review: Everything To Do With Wild Animals, Just Not The Kind You Find In A Pet Shop

    Murder and mayhem prevail, in a hilarious family kind of way, with The Town Players current production of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle, an outrageously campy romp through a quirky pet shop nestled in downtown Manhattan. Complete with an overbearing mom, neighborhood cop and conniving wife, this family makes good on the old adage of “the ties that bind, and gag.”

  • Challenges Of Classic Main Street Restoration Chronicled On Owner’s Website

    Walking past a twisting vine carved into smoked glass on the front door, Diane Thompson enters her bright, naturally lit Victorian home that has been a fixture on Newtown’s Main Street since 1899. After launching major renovations several months ago, her eventual goal is to resell the restored home that first caught her eye with its charm.

  • Snapshot: Sister Colleen Therese Smith

    Occupation: I’m the principal of St Rose of Lima School, and religious sister, Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    Family: I am the youngest of five children. I grew up in St Louis, Mo. I have three older brothers and one older sister. My mother died when I was 27; my father and my stepmother still live in the St Louis area. I currently live with my community, Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Shelton. There are five of us living at St Joseph Convent.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    This curious kitty has heard back from another reader of our “Way We Were” column, regarding the photo of two boys near the edge of a body of water, which ran in the August 8 issue of The Newtown Bee. Jacquie Dachenhausen had contacted me last month, saying she felt fairly certain the boys were her son and his best friend. Gail and Chuck Luf, though, also believe that they know the boys. “I think it’s my son, Josh, and James Barrett, a Fresh Air guest we had many years,” says Gail.