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  • Theater Review: Long Wharf Offering Pulitzer-Winning "Clybourne Park" A Wonderful Treatment

    NEW HAVEN — In 1959, a young Chicago born playwright named Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground in New York with A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Based in part on her family’s personal experience in trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood, the show ran for over two years, received prestigious awards, and has been revived, made into movies, and used as part of the curriculum in many schools.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Ten: Current And Former Residents, And Strangers, Find Ways To Help And Heal

    Sandy Hook resident Kris Schwartz, who created the Angels Of Sandy Hook / Hope Faith Love bracelets shortly after 12/14, received this photo of North Carolina Central University basketball players wearing the wristbands during one of their games.

  • Owlets Draw An Audience And Get Tagged

    Larry Fischer points out the downy feathers on the owlet, while property owner Howard Lasher looks on.

  • Resident’s Personal Journey Through Art To Benefit SHOP

    Dashed onto a canvas in oils is an image of Sabrina Style’s front window, dresses displayed in the pane glass of the Washington Avenue dress shop and boutique. Again with dabs of vibrant oil colors, Main Street and other Newtown and Sandy Hook scenes have come to life thanks to artist Jim Chillington, who lives in Newtown’s Hattertown district.

  • New Christmas Tree Is Ready For The Holidays In Sandy Hook Center

    A new Christmas tree has been planted in Sandy Hook Center, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Riverside Road. The tree was driven from New Preston to Sandy Hook early Friday, May 24, and was securely in the ground by late morning.

  • Snapshot: Debbie Sullivan

    Occupation: I’m a physician assistant at Newtown MediSpa on South Main Street. I do all of the injectables for the practice, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. We’ve been at this location since December, but I’ve been a PA for 18 years, in women’s health for the first ten years and emergency medicine. This is my happy place!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    June is National Adopt A Cat month, and I like #1 on the American Humane Society website: If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.

    If adopting a cat is out of the question, how about going to look at some big cats? Saturday, June 15, is Newtown Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Show your Newtown identification, and entry to the zoo is just $5, 10 am to 4 pm. Seems like it could be at grrr-eat outing.

  • Great Pootatuck Duck Race Chair: The Race Will Go On, Rain Or Shine

    It’s a good thing ducks like water. The Great Pootatuck Duck Race may set a record tomorrow.

    If the rain continues the way it is being predicted, the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center will be moving pretty quickly on Saturday, May 25. Granted, it will be thousands of rubber ducks going for a swim at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, but they may make the swim from the Church Hill Road bridge to the Dayton Street bridge in record time.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Grows With Donations From Newtown

    The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Donation Center at 127 South Main Street opened in March, and donation center attendant Mike Thomas said that he is “real happy” with the response the collection center has generated in Newtown. From a first week count of 27 donors, that number has rapidly grown. In the final week in April, Mr Thomas said, 119 people had stopped by to donate everything from clothing and shoes to children’s bicycles, furniture, games, and more.

  • Brown Bird Musicians Need Help From Fans

    Acoustic indie folk band Brown Bird, featuring the duo of Dave Lamb and hometown musician MorganEve Swain, are hoping friends, family, and fans can assist them with unexpected medical expenses that have sidelined the performers for much of May, and possibly longer. 

    Mr Lamb was admitted to a hospital in Houston, Texas, May 10, with complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath. An initial blood test indicated he was severely anemic, with dangerously low red blood cell counts.