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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tilling The Land For The Victory Garden’s New Home

    The scent of fresh-turned soil and dust on the breeze drifted across a “Beautiful, quiet field,” between Keating Farm Road and Mile Hill South Tuesday, May 7, said Harvey Pessin. He watched as Parks and Recreation machinery graded earth, preparing a new site for the community-oriented Victory Garden that he founded three years ago.

  • "Listen To Your Mother" To Be An Outlet For One Local Mother

    Newtown resident Barbara Patrick, the mother of three, is among 15 people who will present original written works during Listen To Your Mother on Sunday, May 12, in New York City.

  • Denise Kaiser Awarded Library Friends’ Individual Achievement Award

    Denise Kaiser, Friends of the C.H. Booth Library volunteer,  might be “flabbergasted” to find that she has been awarded the Friends of Connecticut Library (FOCL) Individual Achievement Award for 2013, but her nominators Jim Maher, the local Friends president, and C.H. Booth Library Director Janet Woycik, are not at all surprised.

    Mr Maher and Ms Woycik collaborated on the nomination form submitted last month to the state Friends program, and were notified the week of April 22 that Ms Kaiser had been selected for the honor.

  • A Special Night For Newtown Couple

    Two of Newtown’s own beautiful people, J. David Goldin and his wife Joyce, rubbed elbows with the beautiful people of Washington, D..C, Saturday, April 27, at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner, held at the Washington Hilton. The Goldins came to possess the tickets that normally are granted only to White House News Correspondents through the intercession of George Conlon, the White House Correspondent for the National Journal in Washington.

  • 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.