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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bridgeport Firefighters, Creators Of 26 Angels Fund, Thank First Responders

    Speaking as a Sandy Hook resident, the mother of two children, and wife of a Bridgeport firefighter, Kristen Boroskey, third from left, thanked Sandy Hook firefighters for being part of the effort of recovery following 12/114. Bridgeport firefighters have launched The 26 Sandy Hook Angels Fund, and are hoping to help pay for a carousel to be gifted to the town of Newtown. With Mrs Boroskey, from left are Paul and Madison Boroskey; in her arms is the couple's son Will.

  • 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.

  • Newtown Residents Lend A Hand To Haitian Villages

    Count the villages of Furcy and Les Cayes in Haiti as two more places that have friends and allies in Newtown. Newtown United Methodist Church members have been lending a hand to these villages since an earthquake ravished the Caribbean nation in 2010.

    Newtown resident Amy Thomas is one such ally, who has volunteered her time and energy to assist the people of Haiti. She was one of nine volunteers who recently assisted the HELO orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, in March.

  • Awareness, Smiles And Plenty Of Education Expected For 6th Earth Day Festival

    Newtown’s Sixth Annual Earth Day Festival is promising to be “bigger and better than ever,” according to organizers. Join the celebration on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen. Rain date is Sunday, April 28.

  • Snapshot: Matthew Jones

    Occupation: I’m an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at LVA School in Danbury. I teach three different levels of language and do after school tutoring. I also work as the editor of a sports journalism website, nepatriotsdraft.com.

    Family: My mother and father, Margaret and Mark, live in Sandy Hook. My sister Allie is in college at North Carolina State University.

  • Top Of The Mountain

    I’ve heard of bean counters, but there are some expert jelly bean counters in town. Lawrence Card joined forces with his sons, 16-year-old Alexandyr, 6-year-old William, and 5-year-old Nathaniel, to come up with the winning number of jellybeans in the jar at Reed Intermediate School. The jellybean guessing contest was sponsored by one of the Odyssey of the Mind teams at the school recently, mom Gia Card tells me. The Cards guessed 2,592 beans, and there were actually only 18 more than that.