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  • Top of The Mountain, from the issue dated March 1, 2013

    Monroe Police Department Officers Todd Keeping and Mike Panza have been nominated for The Good Egg Award, and I say they fit the (duck) bill. Both officers are stationed at Sandy Hook School, located at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School, and both have been supplying students with smiles by way of rubber ducks.

  • Concert Preview: For Return To Newtown, Sliabh Notes Promises Plenty Of New Material, In "An Excellent Venue"

    Since the early 1990s Sliabh Notes, the beloved trio from Ireland's Sliabh Luachra (Irish Gaelic for "Mountain of Rushes"), a geographically small and musically mighty region in the southwest of the country, has been bringing the distinctive music of their native place to a worldwide audience.

    On Saturday, March 9, at 8 pm, Sliabh Notes will return to Newtown Meeting House for another concert in the regular series presented by Fairfield County's own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. This will be their fourth visit to Newtown.

  • Parks & Rec Announces Special Events For Residents

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department will host three special events this month. All three are free of charge, but they are also for Newtown residents only.

    Registration for each event needs to be done online. Additional information is available by calling 203-270-4340.

    The first will be “Mad Science Special Event: Up, Up and Away!” on Saturday, March 9.

  • NHS Graduates Planning Boston Event To Benefit Children’s Museum

    The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston.

    In response to the tragedy of 12/14, nine young people found themselves pulled together, and like so many others, asking what they could do to help ease the pain in their hometown.

  • CT Master Chorale To Perform "The Peacemakers," Other Works, Sunday At St Rose

    The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present a concert featuring The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins on Sunday, March 3, at 3 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church.

    When Ms Heidrich chose the new Jenkins creation over a year ago to be the centerpiece of this March concert, she had no way to know how especially poignant and meaningful it would turn out to be for the community at this time.

  • A Taste Of China At Hurley’s Kitchen

    They gathered around the dining room table. Bowls of pretzels and popcorn tempted Grace, Shawn, and Maggie Kuhling, Isabella Wakeman, Isabella’s Chinese guest, Brenda, Matthew Jaeger, Grace Howgego, and Zach Fuchs, all students of Lorraine Hurley’s “Hurley’s Kitchen” children’s cooking school on South Main Street. The young people, instead of snatching up handfuls of the snacks, were partaking of the after school treat in an unusual manner on Thursday afternoon, February 21.

  • Acts Of Kindness Honor Charlotte Bacon

    With a photo of a smiling Charlotte Bacon displayed at the front of the room and the words, “Happy birthday Charlotte, remember forever,” the first night to honor students entered into the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards tooko place Friday, February 22, at HealingNewtown Art Space.

     The day would have been Charlotte’s seventh birthday, and, in honor of her, other children were recognized for their kindness.

  • Snapshot: Kate Katcher

    Occupation: I am the founder and artistic director of Stray Kats Theatre, and an actress. I have been known to write professionally, scripts, mostly. I tend to conquer goals and then move on! I’m also the coordinator of workshops for the new HealingNewtown Arts Space. We have workshops there coming up on sound circles, drum circles, clay workshops, murals, with music and art therapists, and lots of other subjects. There’s something for all ages, and currently, all of the classes are offered for free.

  • Gestures of Kindness, Part Six: From African Children To Local Hoopsters, Support Continues

    (This is the sixth installation of a series of stories that share with Newtown Bee 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.)

  • Top of the Mountain, from the issue dated February 22, 2013

    The Newtown High School Winter Guard will have its next bottle and can drive this weekend, at three locations. Team mom Robin Allen called this week to let us know, however, that this weekend’s collection will run for two hours instead of the regular three. Team members and parents will be set up at the parking lots of Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, and Reed Intermediate School on Saturday from 10 am until noon. They will be thrilled with any donation of clean, returnable cans and bottles.