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  • Food Pantry To Benefit From June 14 Car Show, Raffle

    While car enthusiasts of all ages will have a chance to check out and admire myriad vehicles during a special car show being planned for June 14, FAITH Food Pantry will ultimately benefit from the event. The car show will be presented in the parking lot of Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza. Store Manager Rich Marcuccio is organizing the event, which will run from 9 am until 4 pm, to raise funds and food for the food pantry. Rain date is Saturday, June 21. Proceeds from vehicle fees and food sales, as well as non-perishable donations collected during the event, will all be donated to the food pantry that has been serving Newtown residents from the undercroft of St John's Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook for more than 30 years.

  • Grateful For Family, Friends & Fate: Bilingual Comedian Kennedy Heading Back To Tri-State Area For Three Shows

    Like many in his vocation, comedian Andrew Kennedy has a very serious side. “Sometimes,” Mr Kennedy said last week, “you just don’t know why things happen in life. “When your back is to the wall, when bad things happen,” he continued, “ just hold on.” After losing his dream home in the recession and uprooting his family from the East to the West Coast two years ago, Mr Kennedy has found himself in a sunnier place, physically and emotionally. The timing of his family’s move to The Golden State also makes him believe that “sometimes we don’t have the answers, and we won’t always get them. Just try to be patient with the universe.” The former Sandy Hook resident will be returning to Connecticut this month. Since moving in 2012 to the West Coast — and allowing his wife to realize her dream of living on the central coast of California — work has again become “excellent, never better,” he said.

  • Local Stores Offer Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Sunday, June 15, is almost here, and that means it is time to start thinking about what to buy dad for Father’s Day. There are a number of businesses and stores in Newtown that have something to suit the interests of any father, and some businesses responded to queries by The Bee to share gift ideas. Some offered traditional ideas while others had some very specialized thoughts on what to offer to the man celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June.

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  • Another Weekend Of ‘Best Show’ Performances By Lathrop Dancers

    It is not quite summer, but it is the first of June and in Newtown that means Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) is prepared to present its annual Stardust Revue. Without a hitch, four performances flew by last weekend, with students performing four shows on the stage at Edmond Edmond Town Hall. On Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, dancers were tapping and gliding over the stage, smiling as they enjoyed performing for their family and friends. Those familiar with the “Stardust Revue” know they will see quality tap, jazz and ballet along with some hip hop during every performance.

  • NHS Gold Jazz Band Making ‘Time To Taco ‘Bout Jazz,’ Saturday

    As a fundraiser for the group to create a professionally recorded CD, the Newtown High School Gold Jazz Band is set to host “Time To Talk ‘Bout Jazz” on Saturday, June 7. The evening of jazz and Mexican food will run from 6 to 9 pm, in the cafetorium of Newtown High School. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; children’s tickets, for ages 5 and under, are $5.

  • Flying Kites At The Summit Of Holcombe Hill

    Rising high above wooded hills in the western section of town, the cleared expanse at the summit of Holcombe Hill affords a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain, where ridge upon ridge recede to the horizon. Holcombe Hill, which has the highest elevation in town at 830 feet above sea level, is located in the Holcombe Hill Preserve, an 86-acre parcel protected from development by its owner, Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a local land trust. The summit provides views of three counties. The hilltop also holds NFA’s headquarters. Also, the cleared area atop the hill provides an ideal spot to fly kites, when considering that the site catches winds from all directions. Last weekend NFA hosted a gentle hike on the property, and encouraged families to bring their kites with them.

  • Next Guests For Live At ETH: The Autumn Defense, Friday Evening

    Promoter Hayden Bates has tapped Wilco alumni Pat Sansone and John Stirratt for the next Live at Edmond Town Hall concert, with opening support from singer-songwriter Amanda Bloom. The pair will be appearing in their own ensemble The Autumn Defense, which recently released its fifth project, appropriately titled "Fifth." The June 6 concert has a special early start time with the opener scheduled to hit the stage at 6 pm. Sansone recently told The Newtown Bee that The Autumn Defense has no problem playing late night sets, but the band is due in Annapolis, Maryland, for a 1 pm show the following day so they asked for an earlier than usual start.