• Top of The Mountain

    Newtown notes, from the point of view of a cat named Mountain.

  • Free Screening Of ‘Home,’ Saturday At Edmond Town Hall

    The theater at Edmond Town Hall will be screening Home June 19-25, and the public will have the opportunity to see enjoy one showing free of charge thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. As space allows, all are invited to enjoy the 7 pm show on Saturday, June 20, without fee.

  • Kindness Dream Ride Will Lead The Way To Sand Hill Plaza & Newtown Car Show, June 20

    When organizers of the Newtown Car Show began working on this year’s event, they decided to plan for 250 cars. When the first public announcement of the show was made in January, registration was nearly full. “We attend a lot of car events all over the country, and many shows struggle getting to critical mass,” said Chris Sferruzzo of Newtown, one of the show organizers. “Our show, after five years, has grown exponentially every year. We have an incredible network and reputation for running a show with high quality cars and people.” The 2015 Newtown Car Show will be Saturday, June 20, from 10 am until 4 pm, in the parking lot of Stop & Shop, 228 South Main Street.

  • Making Merry At The Merryhill Anniversary Celebration

    Merryhill Child Care Center, Inc hosted a celebration of 25 years of providing child care in Newtown, Saturday, June 6, at Newtown Youth Academy. The fundraiser featured “Touch-A-Truck” in the NYA courtyard, including vehicles from JRC Trucking in Thomaston, SEGA Concrete of New Milford, Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue, Newtown Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Department, and Newtown Arbor Services. Inside NYA, families found indoor soccer, an obstacle course, a bounce house and slide, and face painting.

  • Hawley School’s Long History Began In The Middle Of Another Educational Controversy

    As the Board of Education grapples with declining school enrollments and pressures to cut costs, perhaps by closing a school, Hawley School has been placed at the center of the discussion by recommendations that suggest that the Church Hill Road school may be the facility best suited for closure. Among the arguments being amassed to fight its closing is the historic nature of this school. It is interesting to note at this point that the school’s long history began in the middle of another polarizing conflict among the town’s residents.

  • JD Souther Showcasing Rootsy New Tunes, Reworked Eagles Hits In Ridgefield Saturday

    After a rousing, sold out set from former Eagles member Don Felder a few weeks back, The Ridgefield Playhouse is welcoming another major contributor to that seminal California classic rock band Saturday, June 20 as J.D. Souther hits the stage for an 8 pm show. In an exclusive and extended interview with The Newtown Bee earlier this week, Souther said he is excited to showcase material from his latest release, Tenderness, which he said represents a return to the kind of songwriting that was a hallmark of an earlier stage in his career.

  • Theater Review: A Strong Happily-Ever-After Story To Open Richter’s 30th Anniversary Season

    There could not be a more pleasant way to spend a warm summer evening than under the stars, a gentle breeze blowing and being entertained by a cast of performers who are totally in love with musical theater. This is just the experience being offered again this year by Musicals at Richter. Opening their 2015 season of outdoor musical productions with the whimsical, funny fairy tale "Once Upon a Mattress," MAR is inviting everyone to share in this traditional pastime.

  • Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis Transforms Family’s Life

    Seated on mother Julie Barbeau’s lap, 3½ year old Ryan Costa is as wriggly as any toddler. He eagerly nibbles on cheese crackers, a smile stretching from one chubby cheek to the other. His mother knows, though, that beneath Ryan’s seemingly healthy appearance,cancer cells course through the little boy’s bloodstream. His daily life, and that of his parents, Ms Barbeau and Gary Costa, is a regimen of chemotherapy, quarterly spinal taps, and steroids. Pediatric cancer can change a family’s life overnight, said Ms Barbeau. Less than a year ago, Ryan was an active, on-the-go child. He enjoyed the days he spent at Little Explorers Childcare in Sandy Hook, and play dates with his friends. Other than a speech issue, for which he was receiving therapy through the Birth-to-Three State of Connecticut program, his parents had no real concerns about Ryan, the fifth child in the family. On July 10, 2014, however, when Ms Barbeau picked him up from Little Explorers, the teachers mentioned that Ryan’s speech therapist had noticed Ryan seemed unwell.

  • Catherine’s Butterfly Party Takes Wing

    Catherine’s Butterfly Party, a free community event that Jenny and Matt Hubbard anticipate will be an annual event celebrating the memory of their daughter, Catherine Violet Hubbard, took place Saturday, June 6, on the grounds of NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. Held two days before what would have been Catherine's ninth birthday, the party was certainly one for animal lovers. A dozen animal rescue groups from the area were on site, along with dozens of vendors selling pet-related items and foods, raptor demonstrations by Horizon Wings, a tropical butterfly exhibit and educational butterfly information from Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, therapy dogs, an agility demonstration by The Exceptional Pet, and many hands-on nature-based activities for children. Midway through the four-hour party, the ASPCA presented a check for $50,000 to support the creation of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. Several exhibitors and vendors also noted that their profits that day would be donated to support CVHAS.

  • Ships Ahoy! On Ox Hill Road

    There is a stream that trickles through the culvert beneath the driveway, but any body of water large enough to float a boat is miles away from Allen and Cheryl Kellogg’s Ox Hill Road property. That has not stopped Mr Kellogg from periodically turning his garage into a boat builder’s workshop. A self-taught boatwright, he has crafted three more boats since his first Chaisson surf dory in 1996.