• Resident’s Dive Medicine Conference Covering Cold, Deep Water Safety, Shark Habitats

    Newtown’s “diver doctor,” David Charash, DO, is poised to host the next in a series of annual Dive Medicine Conferences on April 11 at Danbury’s Ethan Allan Inn at 21 Lake Ave Extension. Welcoming vendors and exhibitors including Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR), Dr Charash told The Newtown Bee that he is honored to be bringing in one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep water diving. “Joe Dituri is recently retired from serving as a Navy Deep Submergence Unit commander, and he holds the world’s record for the deepest underwater dive,” Dr Charash said. “He is also one of the few divers to utilize a deep diving exosuit.” Mr Dituri will discuss some of the health and safety implications of in-water recompression for both research and public safety divers. “He’s a world authority on the subject of decompressing without the use of a hyperbaric chamber,” the physician added. Mr Dituri will be joined on the program by cold water expert and author Bernie Chowdhury, who will cover health and safety practices for cold water diving along with Dr Charash.

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  • Concert Preview – Robby Krieger Celebrating The Doors 50 Years On

    As one of two surviving members of The Doors, Robby Krieger is heading out on the road celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary by showcasing mostly familiar Doors tunes with his current band Jam Kitchen - featuring his son, Waylon, on guitar and vocals. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee — 50 years after that history-making first jam session with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore — Krieger talked about The Doors collaborative songwriting process, revealed why he settled on the Gibson SG as his long preferred choice of guitar, discussed the final stages of building an all-analog recording studio at his home, and what the Playhouse audience will be in for during his upcoming Ridgefield show.

  • 12.14 Foundation Casting Calls Set For ‘Liberty Smith,’ Junior Version Of ‘Lion King’

    Since 12.14 Foundation summer musical director and creative leader Michael Unger left Newtown after last year’s successful run of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical and A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, he has been very busy. Along with editing an opera DVD in Boise, Idaho, and recently taking on the position of Artistic Director of the York Theatre in New York City, Mr Unger has been working with 12.14 Foundation founder Michael Baroody to determine which shows the company will mount for 2015. The local foundation, whose goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown, has announced it will begin auditioning for its two summer productions April 25, along with a new pay-to-participate program.

  • NMS Students Performing ‘Shrek The Musical Jr’ This Weekend

    Newtown Middle School students will take the stage to perform "Shrek The Musical Jr" this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. The show is a family-friendly musical comedy that follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon; however, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle different obstacles, including learning how to believe in himself.

  • Take A Seat In Support Of Recovery Fund

    Raffle tickets for this oversized Adirondack chair will be sold Friday, March 27, between 5:30 and 8 pm, at Reed Intermediate School. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday morning around 9 am, just before the start of the 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K. Tickets are $10 each, and sales will be added to the funds raised through race fees, donations in honor of runners, and other fundraising efforts.

  • Theater Review: Something To Believe In

    "Oblivion" is a play about just that: “the state of being unaware of what is happening.” Carly Mensch’s carefully crafted story serves to encourage the audience to believe in things that may not be tangible, visible or reliable, yet we all need to have faith in something. Ridgefield Theater Barn is staging only the third production of Oblivion since its premiere in November 2011, and it is well worth seeing for the valuable and uplifting message this play imparts.

  • Luke’s Toy Factory To Be Featured On CPTV

    Reaching for an apple-red fire truck Wednesday, March 18, Joanne Whiting lifted the children’s toy from a shelf. The store manager for The Toy Tree on Church Hill Road, she and store owner Tracy Schmid waited for parents to arrive and meet the makers of the toy: Sandy Hook Sandy Hook father and son Jim and Luke Barber. The Barbers started Luke’s Toy Factory several years ago. About the eco-friendly and “made in America” toy trucks, Luke Barber explained on the company's website that he and his father decided to make a better toy "following a number of high profile toy recalls from major toy manufacturers." The fire trucks produced by Luke's Toy Factory are made locally, of recycled materials, and suitable for ages 3 and up. The toys are sold through the website as well as at The Toy Tree in Newtown. The Barbers and Toy Tree owner Tracy Schmid were interviewed recently for a segment of CPTV's "Made in Connecticut" scheduled to air March 26.;