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  • Racing4Chase: Finding Personal Challenges And Inspiration In The Life Of A Boy

    Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski, the son of Rebecca and Stephen Kowalski, was just 7 years old when he died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012, along with 19 classmates and six educators. Their active, athletically inclined son and third child, with two older sisters, Brittany and Erin, amazed them, said Rebecca Kowalski. At age 6, Chase was a triathlete, competing with his age group in the challenging swim/bike/race contest. Chase, said Ms Kowalski on August 24, has been an inspiration to athletes near and far, including herself. She will compete in the Women’s Sprint Triathalon, Sunday, August 30, at Winding Trails in Farmington. The course is a half-mile swim, followed by a 12-mile bike ride, and culminates with a 3.1-mile trail run.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Clean-Up To Ring 5 Please! — Ring Steward Confidential

    My senses were overtaken recently by all things dog show! As a ring steward for the Newtown Kennel Club, the Elm City Kennel Club, and the Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass, I ring stewarded over four days for the judging of nearly 600 dogs. Ring stewards have been called the “office managers” of the dog show ring. The reality is that it’s more like the ultimate test of multitasking, efficiency, and endurance.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Botsford’s ‘Great’ Summer Bash

    The Botsford Fire Rescue Company’s Annual Fundraiser/Summer Bash was held on Saturday, August 22. The event began at 4 pm and ran until 10 pm. Food was served and covered by the entrance fee, and beer, wine, and soda were available for purchase. Modern country band Nashville Drive played original songs and covers during the event, and eventgoers at times danced along to the songs in front of the stage set up for the event. Botsford Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Ciaccia estimated that nearly 300 people attended the fundraiser. “It went great,” said Chief Ciaccia.

  • Snapshot: Kevin Stoyak

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • Celebrating 100 Years Of Golf At Newtown Country Club

    Generations of golfers have teed off, 30-plus presidents have served, there have been countless memories — including holes in one and tournament championships — and significant enhancements have been made to the course. Newtown Country Club (NCC) is celebrating a century’s worth of achievements and changes this summer in its 100th anniversary year. “It is a big deal to be here 100 years,” NCC Head Golf Professional Paul Miller said at the course, which is nestled between Main Street and Elm Drive, with an address of 2 Country Club Road. From the time since original president William T. Cole — one of the founders of the country club — was in charge through the centennial year, under the leadership of current president Brian Schlier, about the only thing that has remained the same is that golfers have chipped and putted under the sun on the course.

  • ‘Kindness’ Visitor Arrives For Ben’s Bells Opening In Bethel

    Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22. It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza. Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work. Ben’s Bells is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.

  • ‘Where We Walk’ — Book Of Poetry Is A Journey Inside A Writer’s Heart

    Between the covers of Sydney Eddison’s recently published book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems rooted in the soil of New England, readers will find words steeped in the familiar. “It’s very local, because I’ve been inspired by all the places in Newtown,” said Ms Eddison, Tuesday, August 18. “Fairfield Hills, Holcomb Hill, all of those places have inspired me,” she said, as well as her beloved homestead, where she has put down her own roots, the past 54 years. “My gardens have been here for 54 years, and I adore this house,” Ms Eddison said, looking out over her yard from the kitchen table where she writes. Ms Eddison is the well-known Newtown author of seven books on gardening.

  • 30th Holiday Festival Will Continue Important Fundraising Efforts For NYFS

    Organizers of the 30th Newtown Holiday Festival are hoping that guests of the December 6 event will not only have a great time at events for all ages, but will remember the reason the festival was created: as a major fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.