• 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.

  • The Way We Were

    July 27, 1990

  • Theater Review: In Very Good ‘Company’ At TBTA

    BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) summer musical production of Steven Sondheim’s Company, with book by George Furth, is not to be missed. The caliber of this production excels in every capacity.

    Maureen Trotto has brought to life a funny, touching and realistic musical examination of marriage in its modern form. Her precise and expert direction captures the essence of Sondheim’s message of the indelible value of an institution that is often a messy, aggravating pain in the neck.

  • Canine Physical Therapy Offers Recovery Solution

    Gail Henderson of Paws and Paddles in New Milford, a certified canine physical therapist, starts each canine session with a massage. Grace, owned by Newtown resident Sherry Paisley, enjoys her massage. Not all veterinarians or dog owners are aware of the benefits of physical therapy for pets, says Ms Paisley, but it is the only treatment that has been successful in getting Grace walking after a mysterious leg affliction.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Hollywood Pony Dreams

    Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.

  • History Campers Bake Colonial Recipes At Matthew Curtiss House

    “Mistress” Patty Graves looked up from the bowl of blueberries and tray of sliced apples to listen to a faraway rumble in a darkening sky. Although still at a distance, she worried a summer storm might interrupt campers preparing blueberry pudding pie and apple crisp Wednesday, July 15, during history camp at the Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street.