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  • Theater Review: 'Chicago' The Latest Reason To Take Advantage Of A Good Thing At WCSU

    DANBURY — Western Connecticut State University sits so quietly in the center of Danbury that we sometimes might be tempted to take it for granted, and in so doing, miss out on its depth as a powerhouse in the fields of theatre arts and music. All you need do to discover this, however, is to take in one of their annual musical productions at the Berkshire Hall Theater.

  • Snapshot: Richard Frankonis

    Occupation: I’m a pharmacist and do some compounding, and I’m also a board certified clinical nutritionist. I work as a pharmacist as needed, per diem. I have my office behind Starbucks on Church Hill Road, where I do nutritional counseling.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Julie Hasselberger’s son, Daniel, who lives a severely medically restricted life with polymicrogyria, celebrated his 16th birthday recently. Julie had put out a request for birthday cards to brighten her wheelchair-bound son’s day, and found herself plastering his room with 845 cards received from all over the world — and they keep coming, says Julie. “A local 7th grade Girl Scout Troop came and sang to him at his school, STARR, at RIS, each holding a balloon and a card.

  • The Way We Were

    December 9, 1988

  • 'Snowflakes Fall' Authors Helped Each Other Through Emotional Creative Process

    Award-winning children’s author Patricia MacLachlan said she became very concerned the first time she heard indirectly from her colleague, illustrator and former Sandy Hook resident Steven Kellogg, following the 12/14 tragedy.

    “It wasn’t until Steven sent a note through my agent and his, saying, ‘I think I have lost the optimism to do what I do.’ And that struck me as a horrible thing to have happen,” Ms MacLachlan said.

  • Tree Lightings This Weekend

    UPDATE, December 6, 2013: The Ram Pasture tree lighting has been postponed to Wednesday, December 11, due to the weather of Friday, December 6. Same schedule (festivities to begin at 6:30, tree lighting at 7 pm).

     

    Newtown will host three tree lighting events this weekend.

  • Newtown Connections In A Hawaiian Classroom

    Elizabeth O’Brien, a former Newtown resident who now lives and works in Hawaii, received an e-mail from a co-worker on Tuesday, November 19.

  • NYFS Fundraiser, Sunday: ‘Nutcracker’ Will Take The Stage During Annual Holiday Festival

    Dressed in vibrant red costumes, Kylee Raiano and Julia Finegan held a playful pose while between them, Monique Dubois spun a delicate parasol.

    The Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet’s Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company has been in rehearsals recently, preparing for their annual performance of The Nutcracker Suite. The dancers will take the stage for two Sunday, December 1 performances, at noon and 2 pm. The condensed version of the full-length ballet will also include a story narrative.

  • Diverse Works By Local Composers Part Of Choral Society Holiday Program

    For the 2013 Newtown Choral Society (NCS) winter concert, Director Mary Andreotta chose the theme of “Home for the Holidays.”

    “I wanted to create the feeling of comfort, familiarity, and pride of being home in Newtown for the holidays, for the choir and for our audience,” said Ms Andreotta, who created a program that includes a number of “familiar and accessible music,” as well as two original compositions by local composers.

  • Lawrence Surat, Jr

    Lawrence Surat, Jr, 60, of Danbury, died November 20, following a long illness.

    His son Sean Surat, and his mother Mildred Surat, both of Newtown; and his sisters Ellen Barron and Jean Kunkel survive Mr Surat.

    His interests were in history and Native American culture, and he loved fishing.

     A memorial service will take place Friday, November 29, at 3 pm, at the Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Newtown.