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  • Top of The Mountain

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

  • 'Trick Or Read' A Special Treat For Halloween Visitors To Main Street

    Monroe residents, who wished to remain anonymous, were assisted by Kim Weber, young adult librarian at C.H. Booth Library, as they set up a “Trick or Read” tent in front of the town library Thursday afternoon. The residents had collected over 3,000 books for Newtown children since 12/14, through the efforts of a Hartford teacher, and were anxious to distribute the books.

  • Halloween’s Triumphant Return

    A light rain misted over the area on Thursday, but after two years of severe storms, the weather was not going to stop determined trick-or-treaters from venturing out on Halloween this year. Halloween had been all but cancelled in 2011 after Winter Storm Alfred dropped heavy, wet snow across the region and created dangerous settings for the autumn holiday. Last year it was Superstorm Sandy that diminished the season’s spirits, causing town officials to ask residents to wait until November 4 to send trick-of-treaters out. By late afternoon this Halloween, however, Main Street was full of activity. Newtown Police had officers staged along the roadway, working to keep the rush hour traffic moving while also watching for the safety of pedestrians.

  • ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Party Held To Benefit Newtown Park And Bark

    As volunteers put the final touches on a hay-hunt, other helpers at the Saturday, October 26, “Howl-o-ween” canine costume party readied additional stations. The family event was sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation, and benefited the Friends of Newtown Park and Back and was held on the Fairfield Hills Campus.Activities included a relay race, a haystack treasure hunt, a hot dog toss, and games of "tic-tac-paw."

  • Halloween Walk In Sandy Hook Draws Trick-Or-Treaters

    As trick-or-treaters began making their way through Sandy Hook Village for a Halloween Walk, participating businesses were ready on Saturday, October 26. This year marked the third Halloween Walk hosted by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, better known as SHOP. Local children were invited to attend with parent or other adult and in their best, scariest, funniest, and creative Halloween outfits. As trick-or-treaters stopped at various businesses, they received candy and treats...

  • Screening Of ‘The Conjuring,’ With Special Guests, Shed Light On Local Paranormal Investigators

    Following a special one-night encore showing of The Conjuring on Thursday, October 24, an audience at Edmond Town Hall Theatre was treated to a question and answer session with Lorraine Warren and Tony Spera. The supernatural horror film directed by James Wan follows one of the biggest cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, Monroe residents who spent decades working as paranormal investigators and authors. The movie received applause, but once the stage had been configured, following the screening, for Mrs Warren and Mr Spera to sit at a table for their question and answer session, the pair received a standing ovation.

  • Kent Artist’s Wife Brought Area News To Newtown— George Laurence Nelson Feted By Kent Historical Society

    On Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, the Kent Historical Society will present its final campaign this year to increase awareness of former Kent resident and early 20th Century artist George Laurence Nelson.Kent Historical Society Executive Director Margaret Smith and Good Gallery owner Tim Good shared a little-known Nelson link to Newtown that may pique the interest of local residents, as much as his artwork, though.

  • Seniors Scare Up A Game Of Bingo

    Halloween party at the Newtown Senior Center.

  • Theater Review: Martin’s ‘Underpants’ Enjoyable As Long Wharf Opener

    A century ago a German playwright named Carl Sternheim wrote a ribald comedy satirizing the manners and aspirations of the rising bourgeoisie. Ninety years later, the actor, comedian and serious writer Steve Martin, took Sternheim’s play — Die Hose — and adapted it into an equally raunchy farce, The Underpants, which is serving currently the season opener for Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. As directed by Gordon Edelstein, "The Underpants" is a frothy and enjoyable piece of theater, if not a memorable one. It has good permances, a great set, and delightful period costumes including a variety of bloomers that would put Victoria’s Secret to shame.

  • Theater Review: Good ‘Mannerly’ In Hartford

    Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs Mannerly," currently on stage at TheaterWorks Hartford, is billed as “an uproarious comedy.” The autobiographical portrait of 10-year-old Jeffrey’s eight week stint in an etiquette class while growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1967, is certainly highly entertaining, but it also has an underlying message that bears attention today. The show is filled with raunchy humor, language and sight gags, but it is also infused with Hatcher’s innate kindness and empathy, which he attributes to the real Mrs Mannerly of his childhood, upon whom this play is based. The TW Hartford production is definitely worth a drive to the state capitol.