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  • Snapshot: Alisa Farley

    Occupation: I’m the director of communications at Newtown Youth Academy, as of March 1. I just came off a five-year hiatus, staying home with my kids. I didn’t realize how much I had missed contributing to something bigger than my personal life. There’s real satisfaction in working for a nonprofit organization, too.

  • The Top Of The Mountain

    Somewhere out there, a critter is rubbing his rump and thinking, “Ouch! All this for a minnow?” Bee employee Emery Klein was out fishing last week, when his line started spinning out. This gave Emery a bit of a thrill, as he was expecting to reel in the big one. But the “one that got away” turned out to not be a trout or bass or any other fish one might find in Connecticut waters, but a beaver that had been tempted by the minnow at the end of the line.

  • Green Ribbon Ride: Major Motorcycling Event Planned For Sunday, May 5

    Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The police-escorted ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”

  • A "Save The Date" For Julie Allen Bridals

    From left are Leslie DeAngelo and Rick DeAngelo, both of TLC’s “I Found the Gown”; Julie Allen Bridals owner Melanie Mattegat, and Lauren Morehouse, marketing director and co-manager at Julie Allen Bridals, on Monday, February 25. The Main Street South bridal salon was the setting for a segment of the TLC program. The episode featuring Julie Allen Bridals is set to air on Friday, May 17.

  • Raised Baptist, Schooled By Prisoners, Steve Bell Bringing His Inspired Music To Newtown

    Born into a musical family, Steve Bell has been performing and touring since he was eight years old. He will be bringing his talents into Newtown Sunday, May 5, for a performance at St Rose of Lima parish at 7:30 pm. 

    During a chat with The Newtown Bee earlier this week, Mr Bell talked about how his career in music was influenced by his father, who was a prison chaplain.

  • Experienced Restaurateur Assembling New Dishes, Atmosphere At Foundry Kitchen And Tavern

    The historic building above the Pootatuck River at 1 Glen Road in Sandy Hook center is being transformed into a warm and welcoming restaurant and tavern by experienced restaurateur Chris Bruno, formerly of Fiddler’s and Chris’ American Restaurant in Brookfield.

  • Discovery Channel To Feature Local Boy

    Any family can visit an ice cream factory or swim with the dolphins on vacation. But not every family calls up an industrial manufacturer and asks if they can tour the facility — and ends up starring in a Discovery Channel series.

    In August 2012, Dianna and Greg Pategas, and their sons Oliver, 6, and Simon, 4, were visiting Portland, Ore., when Ms Pategas decided on a whim to find out if they could tour the nearby Wilsonville SSI Shredding Systems company.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Eight: "A Little Good" For Newtown, And Lessons For All Ages

    (Editor's Note: This story and one of its accompanying cutlines have been updated to show that Centennial High School is located in Ellicott City, Md.)


    (This is the eighth installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)

  • Concert Review: After 38 Years, Fleetwood Mac Is Still Going Their Own Way And Sounding Fine

    Pictured during a recent show in Washington, D.C., Fleetwood Mac’s remaining members, from left, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham showcased nearly two dozen songs during a 2½-hour show at Mohegan Sun Arena April 20, including most of the material off their groundbreaking album Rumors.

  • Local Fire Companies Ready To Grill For Great Newtown Reunion

    Agreements have been reached among members of the Great Newtown Reunion Committee, Hook & Ladder Fire Company No. 1, and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, with each of the fire companies heading up separate catering responsibilities for the gathering July 27 at Fairfield Hills.