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  • Go-Kart Driver Represents Family, Sandy Hook

    Ryan Tani stands with his go-kart, which was repainted recently to represent his hometown and his mother’s workplace. Ryan, 11, is paying respect to Sandy Hook School with his green and white vehicle, and disproving a long-held racing myth that green can be an unlucky paint scheme.

  • Potluck At The Pantry

    Volunteers recently gathered for a potluck supper to mark the 30th anniversary of FAITH Food Pantry, a nonecumenical pantry based out of St John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook. While it was an event to mark three decades of helping people put food on their tables, the fact is FAITH — and its Social Services counterpart at Town Hall South — is still a necessity in Newtown.

  • Art Donation ‘Transports The Soul’

    The six-month anniversary of 12/14 was chosen to unveil a new display at C.H. Booth Library.

    A gift to the library by artist and former Sandy Hook resident Jean A. Mann, a miniature porcelain carved dragonboat is now enclosed in a glass case through the lobby near the main checkout desk. The piece, carved in 1979, was created in memory of Ms Mann’s friends Hazel Crawley, Jessica Davidson, and Marni Wood.

  • Snapshot: Donna Rahtelli

    Occupation: I am a teacher at St Rose Preschool. I’ve been with St Rose School for 11 years. I am so blessed that I am able to get up each morning and work at a job that I so love. The children are a great gift to me.

    Family: I’ve been married to Joe for 27 years. Our son Joseph is 24 and an auditor for Ernst & Young in Stamford. Michelle is 21 and just completed her junior year at Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Matthew is 18, and has graduated this year from Fairfield Prep.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There were many unsettled emotions swirling about town last Friday, June 14, and it seems that Mother Nature felt equally unsettled. At about 8 pm on Friday, June 14, Kitten Associates Founder Robin Olson saw this funnel-shaped cloud form over Sandy Hook from Route 34, as well as a mesocyclone (rising air that rotates around a vertical axis) that spawned the funnel. Robin took photos to prove it and shared it with me for publication. She tells me she is, “Glad it didn’t form a tornado…” Me too, Robin.

  • Special Offerings In The ‘Specials Collection’ At The Book Sale

    Antique books specialist John Renjilian holds a first edition copy of C.S. Forester’s The African Queen, which will be sold at the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale in July for $1,500.

  • The Way We Were

    June 23, 1988

  • Rain Brings Early End To Season’s First Farmers Market

    Melissa Eatista with Daffodil Hill Growers out of Southbury watched the sky as a thunderstorm loomed and soon broke over Newtown on June 18, interrupting the season’s first Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. 

  • Lighthouse And Labyrinth Dedicated

    Please note, the song that was sung at the end of the lighthouse dedication on June 14 was called “We Choose Love.” It was written by Darryl Gregory and his students, as a gift to Newtown from Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford. The caption that accompanies the photo to the right has been updated to reflect that information.

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