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  • Documentary Illuminates Creative Process And Plight Of Veterans

    Documentary filmmaker Karyl Kreizinger Evans is the producer, director, writer, and editor of the upcoming one-hour documentary film, "Letter From Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio." A five-time Emmy Award winner for her work on previous documentaries, Ms Evans is particularly thrilled to have had the opportunity to film the making of the Oratorio with the Greater Middletown Chorale. “It is probably my favorite project I’ve done,” Ms Evans said in a March 19 interview with The Newtown Bee. The statement carries a lot of weight, considering that she has served as the primary filmmaker for more than 50 films of at least ½ hour in length.

  • Young Photographer Repeats Win In Wilton Juried Exhibition

    For the second year in a row, Katie Sailer has nabbed the top prize in the youth division of Wilton Arts Council’s photography exhibition, “Focus ‘14.” The 16th annual juried photography presentation by the council is on view at Wilton Library through March 29. Katie’s winning entry, “Effervescence,” is a self-portrait with a twist: she took the photo after submerging herself underwater and took the picture from below the water’s surface. Newtown was also represented in the awards circle this year by Maggie Breault, who placed third in the youth division with her entry, “Rockscape.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown news, from a cat's point of view.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • Dweezil Zappa Shelving 'Roxy' In Favor Of Experiencing Hendrix

    You grow up with high expectations when your dad, a wacky but monumentally respected international musical star lists your religion on your birth certificate as "musician." But today, at age 44, Dweezil Zappa is living the destiny his father Frank pinned on him so many years ago - carrying on the Zappa legacy in a stellar tribute ensemble while at the same time passing on some of his more spiritual wisdom about music and guitar playing to enthralled followers who eagerly sign up to take his pre-concert master classes. This spring, Zappa is shelving his Zappa Plays Zappa tour in favor of joining this year's outing of the Experience Hendrix Tour, which jams into the Waterbury Palace Theater March 29.

  • Snapshot: Dr Yvette Whitton

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • Friends Planning Send-Off For George And Carol Mattegat

    Say the name George Mattegat around town and you’ll likely get a different response from every person you meet, from those who know him as a former bus driver, Shriner, volunteer firefighter, animal control officer, Nunnawauk board member, or Labor Day Parade organizer, among other roles he has played. The same goes for his wife Carol, who has been a Police Commissioner, Ambulance Association member, Newtown VNA volunteer, and Edmond Town Hall Mural Committee organizer, among her multiple town roles. Sadly, for many of those acquaintances, an opportunity to address health concerns has created a need for the Mattegats to relocate to sunny Florida. But not before their many friends say a final, more formal farewell. LeReine Frampton, a longtime family friend, is throwing the migrating couple a going away party at her local restaurant on Thursday, March 27.

  • Theater Review: Ruh’s ‘Clean House’ Is Good In Ridgefield, But Don’t Expect Funny

    Winner of one of those MacArthur “genius” awards, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, who turns forty this year, is one of America’s most prolific and successful playwrights. Her works are performed on Broadway, at repertory theaters from Yale to Berkeley, and, frequently, on local amateur stages as well. The Clean House, which received a lot of attention when it premiered at Yale, and is currently being offered at Ridgefield Theater Barn. Directed by Julie Bell Petrak, who gets very good performances from her five person cast, the publicity for the play does it a disservice by describing it as a comedy about a Brazilian cleaning woman who longs to be a stand up comedian, and so would rather tell jokes than clean the house. The local production is good, but don't let its advance publicity fool you: this is a serious work.

  • Eyesight Issue? It May Be Time To Look Into Lions Low Vision Centers

    The Lions Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties (LLVC) recently delivered a free Eye-Pal Solo reading device to Adrienne Ralles, 82, a Nunnawauk Meadows resident with macular degeneration. The device “reads aloud” to the sight impaired. heart disease and arthritis. Devices such as the Eye-Pal Solo are provided by the LLVC at no cost to the recipients after referral to LLVC by an eye care professional. Most clients are people who, having sustained a significant vision loss, must find new ways to do necessary and favorite activities.

  • A Sound Way To Spend A Birthday: Taking A Dip For Special Olympics

    Most elementary school-age students, when asked what they want to do for their birthday, opt for gatherings with friends. Paintball. Movie and pizza. Going to a sporting event. When Joseph Doherty started thinking about his 11th birthday, he decided to go for a swim. A quick one. “Jo-Jo,” as he is known, didn’t host an indoor pool party last Saturday for his birthday. Jo-Jo participated in a Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) Penguin Plunge. He woke up early, went with his mother and some friends for a ride to Compo Beach in Westport, and joined nearly 250 other hardy souls to run into Long Island Sound. He did it, he said this week, because he wanted to do something for others. Between asking relatives and friends for donations and other efforts, Jo-Jo has raised more than $1,000.