• Newtown Foster Parents Honored By DCF

    There is an art to successful foster parenting, and Newtown residents Nancy and John Schreiner have seemingly mastered it, despite having fostered just two teenagers in the four years they have been licensed. So much so, that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) named the couple as the Star Family for the month of April, and during the May 1-2 Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents Annual Conference at the Mystic Marriott, the Schreiners will be honored as the Family of the Year for the Danbury region.

  • Web Documentary Tells ‘The Story Of The Stuff’

    The Story of the Stuff, a web documentary by Ashley R. Maynor, went live on April 16 at www.thestoryofthestuff.com. Consisting of brief videos and essays reflecting on tragedies such as the shootings at Virginia Tech and the bonfire disaster at Texas A&M, it primarily follows four Newtown residents who took on the task of dealing with the enormous physical outpourings of sympathy that came to Newtown following 12/14.

  • Local Author Patricia Hubert Receives Masonic Humanitarian Award

    Newtown resident Patricia Hubert, an officer and matron of the Mirah Chapter of the Eastern Star in Sandy Hook, and of the combined Mirah Chapter and Lady Martha Chapter of Monroe, received an unexpected surprise Sunday, April 12. Following a talk to members of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Masons in Connecticut, at the Crown Plaza in Cromwell on her recently published book, Major Philip M. Ulmer: Hero of the American Revolution, Thomas Maxwell, Most Worshipful Grand Master, presented Ms Hubert with the General David Wooster Medal in Bronze.

  • Guess Who, BTO Frontman Randy Bachman Bubbling Over ‘Heavy Blues’

    You can now officially classify classic rocker Randy Bachman as a ‘three-peater.’

    After huge success fronting The Guess Who, and morphing into the classic rock hit machine Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the award-winning Canadian artist is now channeling his love for late-’60s British blues grooves into a brand new and refreshingly accessible power trio.

  • Living With Dialysis While Waiting For A Kidney

    Tossing several varieties of herbal tea on his kitchen table, resident Michael Vastarelli made a selection as water boiled in the kettle. His rescue dog, Cookie, gnawed on a toy, trying to get at the peanut butter hidden inside.

  • Snapshot: Joe Proc

    Occupation: I’m a full-time musician. I teach guitar and bass, I do detailed repair of string instruments, and I build string instruments. My business is Arrowhead Guitars. I’m a vocal coach, as well. My own band is Off The Hook, and we’ve been around for 20 years, playing rock, blues, funk, jazz, folk — a little of everything. I’ve been in bands since I was 15, and started playing guitar when I was 10 years old.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    This cat is feeling a bit thirsty, and just in time to support some of our volunteer firefighters. A wine tasting fundraiser will take place at the Newtown Country Club, April 25, from 7 to 10 pm, to benefit the Newtown Hook & Ladder Co’s new firehouse project. A few tickets, each at $40, are still available, for wine and refreshments. The evening also includes a silent auction, music, and if the samples of wine don’t quench your thirst, a cash bar will be available.

  • The Way We Were

    April 20, 1990

    By mid-May, Newtown Shopping Center owner and developer Joseph Kasper and adjacent property owner Richard Wiehl expect to reach an agreement on some long-term leasing arrangement to the center of the former White Birch and Oberg Texaco property, they said this week. Meanwhile, Mr Kasper is negotiating with current and prospective tenants, including three unnamed supermarkets who are bidding for A&P’s spot.


  • Concert Review: Energized Trio Launched East Coast Tour Before An Appreciative Audience

    On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the words to describe it. The Máirtín O’Connor Trio’s show at Newtown Meeting House, hosted on April 10 by The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, was one of those concerts.

    Everything was perfect. The band members were energized and the house was filled with an appreciative audience. One cannot imagine a better start for the trio’s nine-day East Coast tour.

  • Theater Review: A Serious Night Of Theater In Sherman

    SHERMAN — Orwellian London in 1984 is a dark, disturbing and dangerous place. Its essence is captured in Sherman Playhouse’s current production of George Orwell’s 1984, adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr and William A. Miles, Jr.  This dramatic, expository piece was immaculately directed by Kevin Sosbe.