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  • '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.

  • The Way We Were

    December 2, 1988

    The new “no right on red” sign at the intersection of Church Hill Road and Queen Street has apparently alleviated some of the traffic congestion on Church Hill Road, while creating a new problem: backed up traffic on Queen Street. Newtown Police Captain Michael Fekete said that it is too early to make any assessment about the situation, as the sign was put in place less than a month ago.

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  • 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.

  • NMS And Reed Interact Clubs To Sell Christmas Trees As Fundraiser

    As a fundraiser for both the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs, donated trees will be sold starting Saturday, December 7, for $40 each.

  • Migrant Salon Hopes To Initiate Arts Movement In Sandy Hook Center

    Newtown native Allison Hornak has opened Migrant Salon, located at 117-D Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center. But do not expect to find a barbershop chair and hair stylists in this salon.

  • Local Merchants Full Of Ideas For Stocking Stuffers

    Newtown has a wealth of shops well stocked with gifts for the season. There is no need to go beyond the town’s boundaries to find oodles of gifts that are perfect, and shopping locally means easy parking, individual service, and none of the big box store headaches.