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Newtown Is The New North Stamford

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
To the Editor: I read with interest, a letter from last week ["Queen Street's Big Picture Needs A Regional View," Letter Hive, 7/24/13], extolling the virtues of the new large yellow bumps on Queen Street. Apparently we must accept them because they were first used in Southern Fairfield Count

First Selectman Outlines Plans For Armed School Security, Future Options

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
In her latest blog entry at, the town's clearinghouse website for healing and recovery information, First Selectman Pat Llodra recently outlined how security for the public schools located in Newtown will be provided. The details do not include Sandy Hook School, which she noted, has

Public Invited To Join Horse Guard In Welcoming Unity Riders, Monday

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
The Second Company Governor's Horse Guard invites the public to attend the arrival of the Dakota Riders to Newtown, as part of its annual Unity Ride, at noon on Monday, August 5. After the tragic events of 12/14, The Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and heal

Nicole Cheri McDonald

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
Nicole Cheri (McGrath) McDonald, 25, of Seymour, died unexpectedly July 29, as the result of a car accident. She was the wife of Brian McDonald. She was born in Denver, Colo., March 25, 1988, daughter of Jeffery and Cheryl (Feeney) McGrath. She attended Newtown schools, graduating in 2006.

Police Seek Missing Man

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
Newtown police are attempting to find a missing man, Robert Hoagland, 50, no address given, who was last seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 5:30 am on Sunday, July 28.Hoagland is white, six feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald and has b

A Nostalgic Crowd Gathers To Celebrate The Great Newtown Reunion

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
Roughly 1,000 "alumni" from Newtown's schools from the past several decades gathered at the Fairfield Hills grounds for the 12-hour Great Newtown Reunion on Saturday, July 27. The event, which was held in a cluster of tents arrayed on a sprawling athletic field just west of Kent House, provid

Fair Weather Helped Thousands Groove At This Year's Gathering Of The Vibes

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
In 1996, the Gathering of the Vibes was originally conceived as a one-off tribute concert to memorialize fallen Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia. But much like the members of that seminal American rock and roll outfit, the Vibes has continued, growing into a destination festival that for the pa

Theater Review: A Brilliant Offering Continues Goodspeed's Golden Anniversary Season

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
Audiences have a chance to enjoy a splendid production of the show at Goodspeed, as part of the Opera House's 50th anniversary celebration. As usual, this small house with the huge vision has pulled out all the stops: Adrian W. Jones' great visual scenic design, Wade Laboissoniere's wonderful

Praise for 'Panacea'

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
To the Editor: Last Saturday night, at the Great Newtown Reunion, "Panacea" absolutely rocked our world. Every single one of the rock group's members was superb, and the song choices brought tears to our eyes. "Panacea" was back again, and 40 years magically melted away ... we were young, delirious

Wall Matthews & Guests At Sound Center, August 17

Published: July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am
On Saturday, August 17, Wall Matthews will be returning to Connecticut for the first time in many years to perform an evening of his compositions. The performance will be at Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown. Joining

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