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  • Children’s Authors And Illustrators To Visit Newtown, May 17-18; Free Public Programs May 18

    “Reimagined Fairy Tales,” with Barbara McClintock and Jerry Pinkney, will open the panel discussions by children's authors and illustrators on Saturday, May 18, at Newtown Middle School. All Newtown residents are invited to attend any portion, or the full day, of free events.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Nine— Residents Continue To Receive Love, Provide Inspiration To Others

    A two-day food drive at Six Flags New England conducted over the two-day 2013 season opening weekend filled more than two trucks with donations for Newtown Food Pantry. It was one of countless gestures of kindness that continue to be done for the residents of Newtown since 12/14.

  • Children’s Authors And Illustrators To Visit Newtown, May 17-18; Free Public Programs May 18

    During Children’s Book Week, May 13-19, authors will visit schools on Friday, May 17, and give a “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown” presentation at Newtown Middle School for residents on Saturday, May 18.

  • Snapshot: William Mantz

    Occupation: I work for Northwestern Mutual, a financial services company, as a financial representative. I graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, in 2008.

    Family: My father, Ted, lived in Rye, N.Y. My mother, Nancy Hough, and her husband, Dunbar, live in Sandy Hook. I have a sister, Katie. She also lives in Sandy Hook. My girlfriend Rachel Berman and I have been together for two years.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I would never lower myself to be led about on a leash, but my canine friends are not so particular. This past Sunday, dogs and their walkers were out in force, enjoying the truly spring-like weather. There were a number of strollers out solo, as well, or in the case of three visitors to The Pleasance, with their children. Overheard from their conversation was one adult asking another if he had been to The Pleasance before. Receiving a negative reply, he replied, “Well, come on, then.

  • Newtown Resident Puts The Spin On ‘Wheel Of Fortune’

    Local viewers of ABC network’s Wheel of Fortune may have thought they hit the jackpot Monday evening, May 6, when they saw a fellow Newtowner spinning her way through the show. Chrissy Gstell said that she has been a “Wheel Watcher” her entire life.

    “I even get the e-mails, and that’s how I found out that the show was coming to New York City. I handed over my phone to my 7-year-old and said, ‘Video me!’”

  • The Way We Were

    May 13, 1988

    While the imminence of $60 million worth of sewers remains lurking a few months longer in the far reaches of Newtown’s collective subconscious, public officials are beginning to come to grips with ideas on who should foot the bill. Most agreed the town should bear some but not all of the cost for limited sewers which Consulting Environmental Engineers of West Hartford have proposed for the borough and three lake and riverside communities.

  • Can Newtown Become A Bike Friendly Community?

    It happened in his hometown of Simsbury, and Steven Mitchell thinks it can happen in Newtown too: establishing the town as a bike friendly community. The status is a designation approved through the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) based in Washington.

    “It’s the best thing Newtown can pursue right now,” he recalls saying to Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold recently. “As neighbors we want to help,” he said.

    He has spoken with several people in town about his idea.

  • Peace Flag Workshops To Continue At The Graceful Planet

    Alexa Schmid was a portrait of concentration as she worked on her first draft for her peace flag, May 7 at The Graceful Planet. The young artist was part of a group of people who joined Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts member Kim Hossler for the first of four workshops being offered this month at the Sandy Hook dance and moving arts studio.

  • Monster Trucks Take Over Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue

    A constant line for rides, smiling faces, and laughing screams could be seen and heard at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station on Saturday, May 4, when Pat Summa from the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck Series stopped by for four hours.

    Mr Summa offered rides in a special truck made for such occasions, and Steve Zion of Toyota Wallingford offered up a specially designed Toyota Tundra, which travels the NASCAR circuit also for such occasions.