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  • Snapshot: Marci Benitez

    Occupation: I am the owner/operator of Family Fun Kuts in Sandy Hook Center. I’ve been a hairdresser for 39 years. We own Fun Kids Consignments, as well, selling clothing, toys, furniture, gifts, and equipment for children of all ages.

    Family: I’ve been married to Felix for 25 years. We have a 24-year-old son, Daniel, and a 20-year-old daughter, Hayley.

  • The Way We Were

    April 8, 1988

    The new structure of the Newtown Congregational Church has interior details on the balcony siding and over the doors which hint at the historical beginnings of the congregation. The new building will feature a soundproof narthex, cherry pews, and cranberry red carpeting. The pulpit will be set toward the left side and the organ and the choir to the right, while the pipes from the organ in the old church will eventually be housed in a room at the front of the church.

  • Top of the Mountain

    “The ‘Fun’ Category, for $100, please!” Trinity Episcopal Church members are looking for trivia lovers of all ages. If you enjoy Jeopardy or The Family Feud, or just would like a fun night out with your friends, Quiz Night is the place to be on Saturday, April 6. Doors open at 6 pm, and dinner/refreshments will be available to purchase. Teams of four to six people will be competing in four categories, with ten questions per category, and all questions will follow the theme of spring. All ages are welcome.

  • Nourishments— Ginger: The Spice Of Life

    I cannot drink ginger ale without having a flashback to my childhood. Every stomach virus that came along found me and/or my sisters swaddled in blankets on the couch, in front of the television, a glass of ginger ale close by. I don’t think my mother was aware of the medicinal properties attributed to the gnarly rhizome, and I’m not sure how much ginger is actually in a glass of ginger ale, but it seemed to do the trick. It kept us hydrated and was one of the few things that our tender tummies were able to tolerate in times of illness.

  • EverWonder Children’s Museum To Open "The EverWonder Experience" Saturday

    EverWonder Children's Museum will open "The EverWonder Experience,” a miniature version of a children’s museum, on Saturday, April 6.

  • "Placing Your Heritage In Historical Perspective," Next For Genealogy Club

    The April meeting of the Newtown Genealogy Club will be held in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 7 pm.

    This month’s guest speaker is Laura G. Prescott.  She is a professional researcher, writer and speaker.

    Originally from Charleston, W.V., she has lived in New England for over 35 years.  Before starting her own research business in 2005, she worked for the New England Historical Genealogical Society for 7 years. 

  • Pasta Dinner & Bluegrass Music At NUMC, Saturday

    The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on April 6 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit.

    Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm with donation being $9, $8 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Gift certificates are available.

  • Historical Society Program Will Explore Attempts To Create Utopia

    Sir Thomas Moore coined the term “utopia” in his book of the same name in 1516, describing the intricacies of an island nation that could be called a “perfect” society.

    On Monday, April 8, Newtown Historical Society will host a program by Gordon Williams about just that subject. “All This And Heaven Too” will looking at many attempts by others to create their own utopias here on earth,

    The program will begin at 7:30 pm in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

  • St Rose Bingo Night April 12

    The next St Rose Friday Bingo Night for the 2012-13 season will be on April 12.

    Games are played in the Gathering Hall of St Rose, at 46 Church Hill Road. Doors open at 5:45, and games run from 6:30 until around 9:30.

    Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. Dinner items and homemade baked goods are available for purchase, and free coffee is served.

    Admission is $17 per person, which covers all regular and some special games.

  • Author To Speak On Healing Power Of Nature During Two Free Programs, April 5

    Richard Louv will present the program “Peace And The Natural World: The Restorative Power of Nature Where We Live, Work, Learn and Play” twice on April 5, offering early afternoon and evening options for residents.