• The Way We Were

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

  • Watercolors On View At Library; Opening Reception Saturday

    The works of 13 local watercolor artists are on view through November 29 in the Olga Knoepke Memorial Meeting Room at C. H. Booth Library. This is the second time artist and teacher Claudia Mitchell is being joined by her students in exhibiting works. The exhibit follows in the footsteps of one done from five years ago that was put on display by Ms Mitchell and her students at that time. The invited to the opening reception of "Here's To Watercolors... Encore" on Saturday, November 7.

  • Cookies Campaign

    Local Girl Scouts are greeting registered voters as they arrive at the polls in Newtown today. It’s also Girl Scout Cookie Season, so the young Scouts are doing some campaigning of their own, offering boxes of cookies along with smiles. The smiles are free, Girl Scout cookies a box. The Brownies at Reed School Tuesday morning had a large supply of this year’s offerings, from classics like Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Do-Si-Dos to new offerings including Savannah Smiles and Rah-Rah Raisins.

  • Halloween Photos From Newtown Bee Readers

    The Newtown Bee issued an invitation over the weekend, encouraging readers to share their Halloween photos. With just a small window available, a few readers shared some of their photos, including one family who recently moved out of town and one resident who was vacationing but wanted to share what she was seeing while away.

  • Scaring Up Fun At Nunnawauk Meadows

    Plenty of witches, a few cowgirls, a Viking, some classy gals, and a drunken sailor or two were among the more than four dozen Halloween revelers at the Nunnawauk Meadows Community Room, Friday, October 30. After a luncheon of sweet potato or split pea soup, meatloaf, and dessert, residents of Nunnawauk Meadows, members of Newtown Senior Center, and guests had fun with Halloween balloon volleyball and other games, and plenty of time to admire each other’s creative costumes.

  • Howl-O-Ween Had Dozens Of Costumed Canines Romping At Dog Park

    About 100 dogs, with their owners in tow, gathered on Halloween for the Sixth Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party at the town’s Park and Bark dog park at Fairfield Hills to celebrate the spooky holiday amid sunny skies and the russet colors of fall. As participants entered the grounds during the special event on Saturday, they received a dog neckerchief bearing a colorful Halloween motif. RoseAnn Reggiano of the town Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event, organizing the dozens of dogs and their owners for rounds of competition in various categories.

  • Thousands Visited Main Street For Halloween

    One resident of Main Street reported more than 2,700 people stopped at her home Saturday night, when she and her family — and everyone else who live on the busiest street in town each October 31 — welcomed guests of all ages for Halloween. Kathy McCleary, of 18 Main Street, registered 2,754 Trick-or-Treaters on her handheld counter this past weekend. “We may have been off by maybe 100 people, because my husband and I stopped to talk to people on occasion,” Mrs McClearly said Monday morning. “But we counted at least that many people.” It was a perfect setting for Halloween: the day was breezy and chilly, but not cold. The sky was blue for much of the day, with light rain holding off for later, during the Saturday overnight. Fallen leaves crunched underfoot, while those still clinging to branches added background color to seasonal displays that filled windows and yards, from simple to quite elaborate.

  • Newtown Native Jenna Von Oy Pens ‘Best Friend’s’ Guide To Motherhood

    Newtown’s own actor, recording artist, voice talent, blogger, and now author Jenna Von Oy has never played a doctor on television — but she is capitalizing on her portrayal of gal pal Six Lemeure on the hit comedy "Blossom," and Stevie van Lowe on "The Parkers," in her first book, Situation Momedy, A First-Time Mom’s Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One. The nearly 500-page project from Medallion Press, by Ms Von Oy’s own admission, is stocked with “dosage most doctors can’t prescribe.” Interested moms, moms-to-be, or anyone looking for a humorous and sometimes belly-laugh inducing read can visit with Ms Von Oy when she appears at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Danbury on Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 pm.

  • Lisa Unleashed: MTA Police Canine Graduates — Furry First Responders

    The most recent Metropolitan Transit Authority police graduates came heeling into New York City’s Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall last week amid the “Pomp And Circumstance Walking Commencement March” and the MTA Pipe & Drum Band Ceremonial Unit presenting of the colors. After bagpipe music filled the cavernous terminal, everyone fell silent when the Phantom of the Opera’s Marcus Lovett sang the national anthem. A moment of national pride. While while these police canines are first responders to a dangerous threat, they also carry a tribute each time their handlers calls their name. Each of them is named for a fallen hero or dedicated officer. Three of the graduates from the latest session live in Connecticut.

  • Celebratory Snoopy Sculpture Wins NMS Scarecrows Contest

    Newtown Middle School art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto announced the top three winning My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest on Friday, October 30. "Snoopy Halloween with the Dog House," one of two of this year's entries to feature a Peanuts theme, was voted into the top spot at the end of six days of public voting. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three top vote-getting teams, and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice. The scarecrows were on view on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School from Friday, October 23, until Thursday, October 29, which was also the last day voting on the entries was allowed.