• Snapshot: Robert Rabinowitz

    Occupation: I specialize in information security and regulatory compliance. I’m a consultant for various businesses and corporations. I’m also a professional musician. I play with Outfunked, a jazz fusion band, and the Hadron Big Bangers, a progressive rock band, mostly.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Ben’s Bells Newtown studio is seeking a new home. “We are so thankful for the generosity of our current landlord, Peter Stockwell. We just need a location that can house our kiln,” says Tricia Guiry, studio manager. The 17 Church Hill studio cannot accommodate the busy kiln for firing the handcrafted ceramic pieces that make up the bells. Ideally, Ben’s Bells studio wants to stay in Newtown. “The Newtown community has supported us in so many ways over the last two years.

  • Day Of Action Volunteers Take On Local Projects

    A cool and sunny Wednesday morning found Dawn Ussery pulling out weeds at The Victory Garden. She, Maureen Friedman, and Caryne-Lynne Davis, volunteers from The Taunton Press, cleaned up several rows at the community garden in Fairfield Hills, just one of many teams participating in the United Way of Western Connecticut’s (UWWC) Day of Action on June 3. The garden’s harvest is donated to the town’s food pantries.

  • A Country Store Well Stocked With Gifts You Can’t Buy

    Health Day, the online “News for Healthier Living” newsletter, notes in a November 2014 article that a study of more than 7,000 Americans found “the higher people scored on a ‘purpose in life’ scale, the more likely they were to get various [health] screening tests over the next six years.” People who found their lives to be purposeful tended to spend less time in hospitals and were more likely to spend time on preventative health care.

  • Essays By Renata Adler Pose A Persistent Question: ‘What’s Going On Here?’

    “What does it mean to have a collection?”

    Writer Renata Adler considered that question one recent morning, passing her fingers down the long braid that drapes over her right shoulder, much the same as in the 1978 Richard Avedon photo of her that graces the cover of her latest book. “I guess I haven’t really thought about that,” she answered.

  • A Newtown Native Writes Of His Childhood Hometown, And A Life Of Adventure

    Newtown native David Egee needed to have a project after retiring several years ago. He rented a small 10-foot by 9-foot office in London, where he has lived since 1979, “with bare walls and a skylight.” In it was “an empty desk with a spiral notebook, pencils, a dictionary and a thesaurus,” Mr Egee said. There was also his “genuine interest in writing” his memoirs.

  • "The Power Of Purple:" A Festival of The Arts, A Relay For Life Event

    A special event showcasing the literary, performing, and visual artistic support of Newtown’s student community, “The Power of Purple: A Festival of the Arts” will be presented Friday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Reed Intermediate School.

    Presented one week before Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life, “The Power of Purple” will offer performances by students of Connecticut Dance, Dance Etc, Gray School of Irish Dance, Monroe Dance Academy, and Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet.

  • Sandy Hook Garden Included In Garden Conservancy Open Days Program

    Jean Sander discusses the newest addition to the magnificent gardens she has been creating at her Sandy Hook home since 2006: a handmade birdhouse hidden within a woodland garden.


  • Lisa Unleashed: Remembering The Animals Of The Great War

    Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868, where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery  to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century into a national day of remembrance held annually on May 30.

  • The Way We Were

    June 1, 1990

    Police are looking for a white male who robbed the Sunoco station on Route 25 in Newtown early Thursday morning, May 31. According to the police, at approximately 5:30 am, a white male in his mid 20s, approximately 5’ 4” tall entered Friendly Service Station (Sunoco) and displayed a silver revolver. Reportedly, the man demanded money, pushed the female employee, took approximately $100 in cash, and fled in a green car. The case is under investigation.