• The Top of the Mountain

    According to a Facebook post by Barbara Kraushaar at We Are Newtown, this past weekend, Ricci’s Salon stylists Leah and Taylor collected $500 for a Starbucks card, then contacted the Starbucks in Roseburg, Ore., and asked them to put it toward treating customers there, until it runs out. It’s their way of paying it forward, responding to the many ways that Newtown and Sandy Hook residents were graciously treated in the weeks following 12/14. Roseburg, I’m sure you’re aware, suffered a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, Thursday, October 1.

  • Officials Line Up With Timely Advice On Taxes, Grills, Pools, Dumping

    As the new fiscal year begins, property and motor vehicle taxes come due, homeowners balance landscaping projects and yard work with recreational activities like grilling and enjoying their residential swimming pools.

    At the same time, town officials have provided some timely tips, advice, and warnings to help residents stay safe, and to possibly ease the process for taxpayers as they write checks for property and motor vehicle taxes that are due by August 3.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Julie Hasselberger’s son, Daniel, who lives a severely medically restricted life with polymicrogyria, celebrated his 16th birthday recently. Julie had put out a request for birthday cards to brighten her wheelchair-bound son’s day, and found herself plastering his room with 845 cards received from all over the world — and they keep coming, says Julie. “A local 7th grade Girl Scout Troop came and sang to him at his school, STARR, at RIS, each holding a balloon and a card.