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  • Snapshot: Jen Reilly

    Occupation: I’m a teacher, but right now I’m taking time off to be with my kids. Most recently, I was teaching fifth grade at St Rose School. I’ve taught just about every elementary grade over the years, at various schools.

  • Music, Crafts, Art And Healing End The Year At HealingNewtown Holiday Party

    Tim Walsh, perched on stilts and juggling while towering above the crowd Sunday, December 22, entertained children during HealingNewtown’s Holiday Party at Newtown Congregational Church hall. A Bethel resident, Mr Walsh joined Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club that day.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part 15: Honoring Those Lost By Sharing From The Heart

    (This is the 15th and final installation of a series of stories that have shared special events that have taken place as Newtown began healing following 12/14. The series has also offered anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)


  • Ducks Abroad

    Sandy Hook resident Ricky Grasso is not only studying abroad this semester, but he is also sharing a special part of his home with residents and tourists in Rome.

  • Bricks At The Doorway: Mementos Of Another Life

    When Margot Hall steps through the doorway of her Newtown home, two bricks stacked nearby remind her of a place far away and long ago. She thinks of the home in Forst-Berge, Germany, where she was born in 1939, the stucco-covered brick façade and the gleaming red roof tiles. She remembers large family celebrations, and peeking into the living room through the keyhole of the wooden door on Christmas Eve, as her father embellished the Christmas tree with ornaments, and set out the handcrafted village and train that ran about the base of the tree.

  • Nutmeg Kart Club Donation Will Keep Lions Club Fund Operating

    The family room of Bob Schmidt’s home quickly filled with nearly 250 toys on the morning of Saturday, December 7, but the donation had very little to do with Christmas.

  • Santas Salute Lakeside Residents

    Ed Lundblad gives a wave from Lake Zoar while dressed as Santa and skiing along the Newtown shoreline Sunday afternoon. A boatload of Santas rang bells, shouted Merry Christmas greetings and waved to lakeside residents who waved from the shore.

  • An Anthem For Sandy Hook

    Vancouver-based vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Robyn McCorquodale is among those around the world who was “rocked by the mass shooting and loss of 20 first-graders and six educators. An unimaginable assault on beautiful human life,” she said.

    In response, she has written and recorded a single, “Garden of Angels,” that is available as a digital download from iTunes and CD Baby. Proceeds from the song’s sale will be donated to Sandy Hook Promise.

  • Aztec Two-Step Mixing Holiday, Folk Favorites For Local Fans

    DANBURY — The venerable folk duo Aztec Two-Step, aka Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, were often reviewed as having the “east coast sensibility,” “intellectual lyricism,” and supplying the “ethereal harmonies” of Simon & Garfunkel when critics got hold of their debut album in 1972. But over the course of their more than four decades performing together, the duo has also been the subject of a documentary entitled No Hit Wonder.

  • Newtowner Helps In Naval Philippines Recovery Efforts

    United States Navy Seaman and Newtown High School 2010 graduate Dustin Hanson arrived in the Philippines November 14.

    The massive Typhoon Haiyan made landfall November 8, battering central Philippines and leaving in its wake a death toll that was more than 5,000 by November 22. Tens of thousands were left homeless following the typhoon.

    “The Marines and Army are on land helping out with the disaster relief, and the ships are sending aircraft to help supply the people with food and water,” Mr Hanson said.