• ‘Loss Angeles’ Author Shares His Stories With Newtown Audience

    “If you’re going to grow as an author, you have to reach people you don’t know,” said Newtown author and former book coach Sophfronia Scott. That is one reason she was happy to host a book reading and writing Q&A for friend and fellow author Mathieu Callier on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, at C.H. Booth Library.

    Mr Callier, a Los Angeles author, was in town to promote his recently published collection of short stories, Loss Angeles, and to speak to the craft of writing.

  • Get Your Geek On For Nerd Night, And Benefit Women & Children

    Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!”

    The evening will run from 5:30 until 10:30 pm, and will feature a screening of the film Serenity and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Sandy Hook firefighters rescued this lucky bunny from a storm drain when resident Liz Luzietti alerted them to the incident.

  • Snapshot: Penny Mudgett

    Occupation: I’m the assessor for the Town of Newtown. I started this position in January 2014. I’ve been here for 15 years, though. I was deputy assessor, and did data entry, before that.

    Family: I’ve been married to Gary for almost seven years. We have no children. My father, Jim Talarino, lives here in Newtown.

  • The Way We Were

    August 17, 1990

  • Soldier Is Walking 3,000 Miles To Raise Awareness For Veterans

    Neil Davis is on a 3,178-mile journey called “Not Broken, Just Damaged Walk Across America” to raise funds and awareness for the charities Combat Stress in the UK and The Wounded Warrior Project in the United States.

    On his fundraising page at justgiving.com, he wrote in part: “Quite simply, it’s now time for me to do something to help.” Mr Davis has served in both British and American forces.

  • Bikers ‘Break The Chains’ Of Child Abuse

    Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) members do not use their full names. Because they are empowering children who have been abused, these same abusers or those that support them may decide to target BACA members. All road names are kid-friendly and many come from cartoons or children’s stories.

  • A Four-Hour Market At Fairfield Hills, Tuesday Afternoons

    For four hours each week, farmers market shoppers can take in some outdoor shopping at the Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Now in its 13th season, the Newtown event continues to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, organic lemonade and iced tea, plants, jewelry, essential oils, and more. The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills, set up along the corner of DG Beers Boulevard and 1st Street, is presented Tuesdays from 2 to 6 pm. It will continue weekly until sometime in October, weather permitting.

  • Aaron Johnson’s Photography Hobby Takes Flight

    Aaron Johnson’s most recent hobby — a combination of technology, photography, and remote controlled flight — has resulted in wide-angled aerial images of familiar places such as Ram Pasture, Hawley Pond, and last week, shots of Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. On August 4 he set up his DJI Phantom II Vision+ drone for a brief flight, which found the drone hovering first above the parking lot, then soaring toward a pale blue sky above the football field. From there he dropped the drone to hover at the 50-yard line, then toward the goal posts. 

  • 20th Anniversary Gathering Of The Vibes United Diverse Tribes, Stellar Talent

    Warren Haynes triple-dipped at this year's 20th Anniversary Gathering of the Vibes, sitting in during Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann's Saturday afternoon set, then playing a full set with his rootsy pals from Railroad Earth, then leading a late night jam with the Seaside All-Stars (pictured) super group featuring George Porter Jr, Branford Marsalis, Jackie Greene, Joe Russo, and Marco Benevento.