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  • Field Notes: Considering The Sessile Life

    A corkscrew hazelnut sits outside the back door in its winter glory. All the other plants and shrubs are looking pretty chastened, deceased even, awaiting their Easter resurrections. But this jaggedy hazelnut cuts a fine figure against the snow, having long-since jettisoned its drab, unkempt cover of leaves. Its electric personality is now fully exposed in its branches with all the manic excitement of a Kramer, a Harpo Marx, a Harry Lauder.

  • The Way We Were

    February 3, 1989

    The final draft of the state’s Environmental Impact Evaluation repeats in four volumes what the November draft reported in one — that Newtown’s site is the “best fit” for a $46 million proposed jail. Newtown’s first selectmen and legal counsel have a different interpretation of the evaluation’s usefulness, however, and expect to begin analyzing legal remedies next week.

     

  • Sloan Wainwright Taps Newtowner Cadence Carroll For Flagpole Radio Café Support

    Audience members may recognize her name as part of the Wainwright legacy in pop and folk music. And Sloan Wainright (above) — sister of Loudon Wainwright III, and aunt to Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche of The Roches — has plans to thrill the next Flagpole Radio Café audience with her clever and highly personal songwriting and huge contralto voice. She will be supported by longtime friend and guitarist Steven Murphy, and Newtown-based vocalist and percussionist Cadence Carroll (below) at the February 8 show. 

  • Theater Review: Second Round Of St Germain At TheaterWorks Seriously Entertaining

    HARTFORD — Last year Hartford’s TheaterWorks mounted a delightful production of Mark St Germain’s Becoming Dr Ruth, a one-woman dramatic monologue about how an orphaned Holocaust survivor became America’s most popular sex therapist.

  • Theater Review: An Excellent Collection Of One Acts In Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD — Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work.

  • Nourishments: Turmeric, The Not-So-Mellow Yellow Seasoning

    Look out oat bran, acai berries, and coconut water. It’s little, knobby, and gnarly, but fresh turmeric is the food world’s new darling.

    Once difficult to obtain, turmeric, widely used in Indian cooking, is being touted in magazines, blogs, and alternative medicine sites as the be-all and end-all to so many ailments, that it is hard to keep track. Natural foods supermarkets are now stocking the ginger-lookalike root, along with the more familiar powdered turmeric root.

  • The (Unofficial) Newtown ‘Must Do’ List, Updated

    In November 2004, Paul S. Lux, a longtime Newtown resident, sent a Letter to the Editor to The Newtown Bee containing his suggestions of the best things to do in town.

    “I originally sent in the list for people in town to add on to,” Mr Lux said recently.

  • Theater Review: "Consultant" At Long Wharf Offers Gallows Humor, Good Acting, Few Answers

    NEW HAVEN — Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant, which is receiving its world premiere at New Haven’s Long Wharf, is billed as a comedy, which could be slightly misleading.

  • Snapshot: Russ Moore

    Occupation: I am the owner of Extreme Fitness Martial Arts in Plaza South, and an instructor in kickboxing and karate there.

    Family: I’m married to Cindy. We have six children, Christian is 16; Hailee is 14; Alex is 9; Jessie is 6; Julian is 4; and Jagger is 2 years old.

    Pets: We have one dog. It’s a Tibetan terrier, a little, tiny, hairy thing named Biscuit. Biscuit is 2 years old.

  • Top of the Mountain

    In fictional animal news... Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg, author and illustrator, respectively, of the recently published Snowflakes Fall, both visited Sandy Hook School last week. I understand that while speaking to one group of students Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, shared a fun fact. Did you know his former canine Pinkerton, who inspired his Pinkerton books (like A Rose for Pinkerton), is hidden in some of the illustrations for some of his other books?