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  • The Top of the Mountain

    I may be a bit behind the times, or felines, but I just learned this week that cat cafes are a popular Japanese hang out spot where caffeine aficionados can enjoy their favorite beverage in the presence of cats. I haven’t been able to find one in Connecticut, but if one was to open up in Newtown, you know who would be its first customer!

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part 12: Giving Back In A Positive Way

    From left are Margaret Walsh, Eric Swartz, and Maureen Gotowski at the Rock N Roll USA Marathon in Washington D.C., where the trio raised over $5,000 for The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund.

  • State Labor Board Dismisses Owner-Operators Complaint Against School District

    The State Board of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by Newtown’s owner-operators against the Board of Education. Carey Shierloh, a representative for the complainants and a former town owner-operator, said she and several other former drivers she spoke with were very disappointed by the decision.

  • Opinion: Resolved To Do Better

    Six months ago today we grieved along with families in Newtown and throughout the world, as we heard  the story of the twenty children gunned down as they learned, and the teachers who died trying to save them. 

    Our grief had a familiar feeling for both of us; a madman armed with an arsenal of dangerous weaponry changed our lives forever too. After shooting Gabby in the head and leaving her for dead, the gunman shot and killed Roxanna’s beautiful daughter Christina-Taylor, a bright, determined nine-year-old girl who had come to meet her congresswoman. 

  • Going Green For Sandy Hook

    Ricci’s Salon & Spa, at 99 South Main Street, held a special event on Sunday, May 19: The Sandy Hook Green Salon-a-Thon. All services that were provided to customers included a bottle of Sandy Hook Green, a new, limited edition nail color created and donated by O*P*I Products, Inc. All proceeds benefited Sandy Hook Promise, a charity formed after 12/14. Among those participating at the event were, from left, Suzy DeYoung of Sandy Hook Promise, and also Jennifer Stoltz, and Dana Schicker.

  • Newtown’s Hearts Of Hope Arrive In Boston

    Standing within the lobby of The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel, on the left are Newtown residents Michael Hadgraft and his father, Jeff. Fifth from right is Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson; second from right and on the right are mother and daughter Kathleen and Rachel Cole, also from Newtown. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.

  • NBLA Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser With Silent Auction, May 31 At McLaughlin Vineyards

    Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) is planning an evening at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, with its wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser, planned for 6 to 9 pm Friday, May 31. The proceeds from this event will be used to help NBLA continue its mission of preserving trails and open space for horseback riding and other passive uses. 

  • Hindi Cultural Celebration Comes To Newtown

    Alisha Aggarwal is flanked by many young students of the Greater Danbury Hindi Learning Center as she poses with an electric Vina as Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, and arts.

  • 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.

  • Safe And Sound In Sandy Hook: Parents Seek More Focus On School Security

    HARTFORD (AP) — The moment Alissa Parker learned of a shooting at her daughter’s school, she suddenly regretted not pointing out what she had seen as security gaps at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Mrs Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first graders killed on 12/14, had thought security could have been tighter, although she never could have guessed it would be tested by a gunman with a military-style, semiautomatic rifle.