• 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.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • Local Fire Company Fundraiser Will Be Rockin’ the ‘Ville

    Music lovers and anyone looking for a family-friendly opportunity to get together with friends while benefiting one of Newtown’s five volunteer fire companies can mark their calendars for a first of its kind fundraiser.

    “Rockin’ the ‘Ville” is set for Saturday, June 13, on the grounds of Hawleyville Volunteer fire station, 34 Hawleyville Road.

  • Snapshot: Karen Smiley

    Occupation: I am the interim executive director for EverWonder Children’s Museum on Pecks Lane. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, and a volunteer at EverWonder for four years, before this.

    Family: My husband, David, and I have a daughter, Lauren, who is 9 years old, and a son, Andrew, who is 5.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Willow. She’s just over a year old and still kind of crazy. She’s an energetic little pup.

  • Catherine’s Butterfly Party Will Celebrate The Love Of All Creatures

    The public is invited to Catherine’s Butterfly Party, Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 pm, at the Fairfield Hills Campus, 4 Primrose Street. A program of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, the event will include a Super Adoption Event, as well as animal- and nature-centered programs, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. The party is intended for all ages.

  • NCCB To Offer Two Father's Day Performances Of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

    Victoria Madden, who is playing Princess Aurora/The Sleeping Beauty, for the upcoming special performances of Sleeping Beauty is surrounded during a recent rehearsal by fairies: from left, Elizabeth Delp (playing Fairy of the Crystal Fountain), Vianna Schappach (Fairy of the Songbirds), Katerina Ringes (Fairy of the Enchanted Garden), Monique Dubois (Fairy of the Woodland Glade), and Riley Smith (Fairy of the Golden Vine).

  • Matt Schofield Planting Diverse Blues Roots In Ridgefield June 10

    RIDGEFIELD — In an interview ahead of his Ridgefield Playhouse show June 10, highly respected and award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield said after nearly 25 years in the business, it’s still incomprehensible when he is aligned beside fellow British players like Eric Clapton and Peter Green

    But all humility aside, Schofield told The Newtown Bee he is excited to be able to thrill true blues fans and newcomers alike, exposing his audiences to the “irreplaceable joy of live music."

  • New Grilling Cookbook Includes Recipe, Military Story From Newtown

    The Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson have debuted a new cookbook, The Grilling for Heroes Cookbook: Sizzling Recipes for Your Propane Grill, to raise money for wounded veterans.