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  • Snapshot: Courtney Myslewski

    Occupation: I am the Kids’ Program Manager, at Newtown Youth Academy. I’ve been at NYA since October 2009.

    Family: My husband is Matt. We’re high school sweethearts from Newtown High School. We got married in 2011. Both of our parents still live here in Newtown.

    Pets: We don’t have pets, but we currently live with roommates who have two dogs. I guess the dogs are more like our nephews.

  • The Top Of The Mountain

    It’s that time of year again when the temps start to rise and you begin to think about opening your pool. As a fundraiser for the company, Botsford Fire Rescue has been delivering pool water to the local area for a number of years and its ready to begin doing so again this year. For more information, including where to send donations or to schedule a delivery, call 203-364-4135.

  • NYC Ballet Dancers Offered Private Lessons In Newtown

    New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck walks through a room of students, helping them with postures and positions as needed. Ms Peck and her fiancé, fellow NYCB Principal Robert Fairchild, made a special visit to Sandy Hook on April 22 to lead a pair of master classes at The Graceful Planet. Students from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet were also part of the special sessions.

  • Newtown’s Chance To Pay It Forward

    For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine’s Day, the two-month anniversary of the 12/14 shootings, was “like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun.”

  • Spring Concert Celebrated Growth For Newtown, Raised Funds For Police Union

    Newtown Music Studio Director Jackie Gaudet, center wearing a scarf, joins students and friends in a sing-along opening the April 6 Spring Benefit Concert at Newtown Congregational Church.

  • Snakes, Possums And Nitrogen All Part Of Children’s Museum Program At Library

    “Don’t try this at home,” warned Jonah Cohen with The Children’s Museum of West Hartford. Telling a group of parents and children at C.H. Booth Library on Saturday, April 13, about electrical conductors and insulators, Mr Cohen, outreach and public programs manager, next proposed a quick test on a pickle.

  • Spring Fling Block Party Invites Community Back To Sandy Hook Center

    Local merchants hope to see Sandy Hook Center, pictured from the top of a Sandy Hook fire truck ladder last autumn, teeming with visitors April 27 as the local business association SHOP holds its free Spring Fling Block Party. 

  • Forget-Me-Not Cards The First Beacon Toward Upcoming Lighthouse Festival

    Volunteers of all ages recently gathered to create handmade invitations for a Lighthouse Festival to be presented on June 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church. The event will be presented by Ben’s Lighthouse Fund, and organizers hope to draw residents of all ages.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Seven: Continuing Offers Of Strength And Comfort

    The Retention Committee from Braintree Hospital in Braintree, Mass., recently collected school supplies to be donated to schools in their area in honor of those killed on 12/14. One of two locations the supplies were delivered to on April 12 was Jefferson Elementary School in Rockland, Mass.

  • Spring Carnival At NHS

    Thanks to Botsford Fire Rescue and Merenna Amusements carnivals rides, games and food are once again being offered in the main parking lot at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, during the annual Spring Carnival.

    This year’s event opened on Thursday, April 18, and will run until Saturday, April 20. Hours were 6 to 10 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 10 pm on Saturday.

    On Saturday, a special offer this year will allow Newtown children up to age 12 free rides between 2 and 5 pm, courtesy of the amusement company and Botsford Fire.