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An Even Greater Newtown Reunion For California Man

Published: August 02, 2013 at 12:00 am
It was more than The Great Newtown Reunion on July 27 that drew former resident André Middlebrook back to the area. Born and raised in Newtown, Mr Middlebrook moved with his family to the San Jose, Calif., region in 1984, when he was just 16 years old. "I have wanted to move back here for the pas

Opening This Weekend: A Not So Ordinary Art Show At Plain Jane's

Published: August 02, 2013 at 12:00 am
Plain Jane's Restaurant in Bethel will be anything but plain by the time Bethel artist Adele Moros finishes hanging the art work of six of the restaurant's regular patrons on Saturday, August 3. Billed simply as "The Artists of Plain Jane's Art Show," more than 70 original cartoons, acryli

Resiliency Skills, And Fun, All Part Of Camp Noah

Published: August 02, 2013 at 12:00 am
Nearly 60 children participated in Camp Noah, July 15-19, which offered resiliency buildings skills hidden among the arts and crafts projects, story times, skits, and other light-hearted offerings. A group of 25 Penn State students; Pastor David Hershey, the chaplain for Penn State; and four LSSM

'Seussical: The Musical' Nearing Performance Time

Published: August 01, 2013 at 12:00 am
Like the students who quickly went from sight reading the song "Green Eggs and Ham" to singing it within a matter of minutes on Tuesday, July 30, Seussical: The Musical is coming together for performances on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, and the afternons of Saturday and Sund

Great Pumpkin Challenge To Return To Main Street

Published: August 01, 2013 at 12:00 am
It may be the middle of summer, but one Newtown High School student is already thinking about pumpkins. Rising Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page is planning to issue her yearly challenge to Newtown again this fall, in the hopes that the Great Pumpkin Challenge will enhance the tradition o

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

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

Ben's Lighthouse Took Newtown Spirit To Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

Published: July 30, 2013 at 12:00 am
For five days last week, 19 Newtown teenagers worked through 100-degree Oklahoma heat, dodged powerful thunderstorms, avoided rattlesnakes, scorpions and other creatures foreign to most New Englanders, and endured cold showers and ad hoc sleeping arrangements. They did this all in the attempt to p

Two More Opportunities To Catch Inaugural Summer Jam Concerts

Published: July 30, 2013 at 12:00 am
Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program's custom of audience partici

A Glimpse Of The Garden: Waterfall Garden Is A Labor Of Love

Published: July 29, 2013 at 12:00 am
"A Glimpse Of The Garden" is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener's work - a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory. Chris Lincoln, who set out to create a little piece of tranquility three summers ago, feels s
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