- Friday, October 2, 2015
The annual celebration of your right to read what you like, Banned Books Week, started this past Saturday, September 27, and runs through Saturday, October 3. For reasons that range from “anti-family” to “unsuited to age group,” to dozens of other supposed offensives, hundreds of books each year are targeted by groups and individuals for removal from school and public libraries.
- Friday, September 25, 2015
Giavanna Dentice and Olivia McMurray fluttered by The Bee’s booth at the Newtown Arts Festival, Saturday, September 19, held on the Fairfield Hills campus. As you can see the girls were appropriately dressed. I just hope they haven’t started a new wardrobe requirement for Bee workers...
- Friday, September 18, 2015
The Farmers’ Market at Fairfield Hills continues every Tuesday, from 2 to 6 pm, through October 23 — rain or shine. Jim Shortt of Shortt’s Farm and Garden reminded me that this is prime time at markets. Late summer and fall produce is abundant now — squashes of all kinds, late summer tomatoes and lettuce, spinach, kale, and root vegetables are at the peak of harvest. You’ll find some savory and fiery hot sauces, fresh mozzarella, pesto, and breads, natural meats, and more at this local market, in addition to the bounty of produce.
- Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:21 am
Last week was not such a great week for politicians and sea creatures. First, Governor Dannel Malloy and Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation President and CEO Stephan Coan were photobombed by the beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. The governor was visiting the aquarium to speak about summer tourism, and it’s hard to tell if the beluga whale, Juno, was that interested in what these guys had to say, or just wanted to get in on the photo opportunity. The same day, President Obama had a salmon spawn on his shoes while visiting Alaska. Yup.
- Friday, September 4, 2015
Oh, my. I am quite sure that Sydney Eddison’s pup, Phoebe, is still holding her paws over her eyes in dismay. Phoebe, a Jack Russell terrier, was incorrectly identified in The Newtown Bee story, August 21, about Sydney’s new book of poetry as a fox terrier. Oh, the shame of it all. Huge apologies go out to Phoebe for this mistake.
- Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9:51 am
There is a big hungry cat right around here that is not afraid of an afternoon raid on small animals in bright daylight, I’m told by Ann Ziluck. Ann lives in the Aunt Park Lane area of town, near the bridle trails, and a large bobcat had a smackdown with a squirrel, right off of her deck, this past Saturday evening.
- Friday, August 21, 2015
Are you ready to stretch your muscles and your mind? The 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival gets underway Saturday, August 22, at 9 am, and runs through 4 pm, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, at Fairfield Hills. Featuring Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown for an afternoon Breath-Body-Mind workshop, the morning hours are a potpourri of yoga and dance for all ages. Go to www.newtownyogafestival.org for more information and to register.
- Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:41 am
Sandy Hook firefighters rescued this lucky bunny from a storm drain when resident Liz Luzietti alerted them to the incident.
- Friday, August 7, 2015
The kids around town are probably not very concerned about the bus routes yet, but some parents are already eagerly awaiting the 2015-16 bus schedule. Don’t fret — the information is on its way, and will be found in the Back to School supplement to The Newtown Bee, later this month, if you haven’t seen it at the school website. There will be plenty of notice to make sure school kids are waiting at the right place, at the right time. So, relax, and enjoy the summer days still to come.
- Friday, July 31, 2015
The sound of wind chimes will be heard at a bit more of a distance now than for the past year. Ben’s Bells’ last workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road studio was scheduled for this past Wednesday, July 29, with July 30 and 31 scheduled for packing up for a move to larger quarters.