• Sandy Hook Memorial Tree Dedicated

    Residents of Charlotte, N.C., gathered recently for a special ceremony in a park that features a playground built to honor those killed on 12/14. This time the gathering was to formally dedicate a sculpture, The Sandy Hook Memorial Tree, which was created as a permanent memorial for 26 people most in Charlotte had never met.

  • 3rd Annual 26 Days Of Kindness Begins Today

    Sandy Hook native Ashley Petersen started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the 26 children and educators who were killed 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the 26 victims. The third annual 26 Days of Kindness begins today. The first suggested honoree is Sandy Hook School first grader Jessica Rekos, a Girl Scout who loved selling Girl Scout Cookies, and who loved horses.

  • Field Notes: Bears In The Periphery

    New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance. So when we venture out to the barn to deliver the day’s recycling or to retrieve wood for the evening’s fire, we set our awareness to high-gain, and we carry a big stick. We worry about bears.

  • Theater Review: Brookfield Winning Hearts With Two-Woman Pulitzer Play

    A recent performance of "‘Night Mother," the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond. Jessie, played by Stacy-Lee Erickson Frome, is a middle aged single mother whose only occupation is to oversee, manage, and execute every aspect of the care of her mother, Thelma (Meg Jones). Thelma is disabled in some way, and requires much assistance with her small, daily life. The two have lived together for years in this capacity, passing the days in the doldrums of domesticity while having minimal contact with the outside world, or each other. Despite the closeness of their living quarters, Jessie and Thelma are not close. Much has been left unsaid and unexplored over the years. This is a brave and beautiful work of art in every regard, and there is just one more weekend to experience it. Don’t miss it.

  • Brides 2016 Surveys Launched

    The Newtown Bee is working on Brides 2016, its annual supplement for brides- and grooms-to-be. Brides Editor Shannon Hicks is hoping to compile a collection of stories for the 2016 supplement, sharing stories of how couples met. She is also hoping to hear from readers who are wiling to share their engagement stories. Current and former residents of Newtown are all invited to participate.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Horseback Riding, Coastal Beaches Style

    It’s beach season for Connecticut horse and dog lovers! From October 1 to March 31, horses and dogs are allowed on many local beaches to splash in the surf and kick up some sand. Fairfield’s Jennings Beach offers a superb swath of sandbars that during a super low tide give equestrians some awesome gallops. Recently, as I traveled to ride at Jennings, I thought back on my first two beach riding adventures, both on America’s West Coast. It all began at Pebble Beach when I was 12 years old. My mother and I took one of those “nose-to-tail” trail rides from the PB Equestrian Center nestled on the Monterey, Calif., coast. We had to cross the 17-Mile Drive, with its stunning views of ragged coastline, wind-blown cypress trees and meandering sandy paths, to access the beach.

  • 'Newtown & Beyond' Photo Exhibit Opens At Municipal Center

    Flagpole Photographers Camera Club formally opened the 6th Annual “Newtown and Beyond” Photography Exhibit on Sunday, November 8, at Newtown Municipal Center. The exhibit, which features 219 photos by 17 photographers, will remain on view in the main corridor of the town building through November 25.

  • Antique Salt Shaker Collection At Library

    Bea Morgan has devoted a lifetime to accumulating and selling glass salt shakers, resulting in a collection of between 400 and 500 salt shakers. Through the end of the year, Ms Morgan is sharing a small portion of that collection with Newtown residents. Fifty of her vintage glass shakers, some close to 150 years old, are on exhibit at the C.H. Booth Library, in the glass case located near the Large Print room.“I started collecting [glass shakers] in 1968. I’m not sure why. I was just attracted to them. I went to an auction and bought a salt shaker collection of about 25 pieces,” Ms Morgan said, using the Peterson Salt Shaker Book, “the bible of shaker collectors,” to guide her selections.

  • 2016 Relay For Life Kickoff At NYA November 19

    A very enthusiastic core committee of volunteers and a new event partner are getting off to an early start promoting the excitement of Newtown’s annual Relay For Life. The 2016 event is not only taking place a bit earlier next year, it has reverted to an overnight celebration and is returning to Fairfield Hills in partnership with NYA Sport & Fitness. The new partnership is also elevating the Relay’s potential for supporting cancer prevention by co-promoting health and fitness boosting benefits that can come with NYA memberships. Community members, and especially those looking to honor or remember loved ones who lost the fight, their caregivers, or current and long-term survivors are encouraged to attend the official Relay kickoff Thursday, November 19, from 6 to 8 pm, at NYA in the Fairfield Hills campus.

  • With ‘The Great Danbury State Fair,' Newtown Author Resurrects Fair Memories

    “The history of the Great Danbury State Fair is so long and takes so many unexpected turns that writing about it was like tracking a lightning bug at dusk,” writes Newtown author Andrea Zimmermann in the introduction to her recently published book, "The Great Danbury Fair." The book is now available through a number of outlets, and Ms Zimmermann will present a talk and book signing at C.H. Booth Library on Sunday, November 22, at 2 pm, discussing her nearly year-long odyssey to capture within 156 pages the excitement and history of an era when ten days each autumn ruled the area.