• Theater Review: A Celebration Of One Very Talented Collaborative Duo

    This year Musicals at Richter has departed from its usual format by having their first production be a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening, a review of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, some forty numbers chosen from their most popular shows including Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, as well as some from shows you’ve probably never seen: State Fair, Allegro, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, and Cinderella. The good thing about this format is that, with no story line to distract attention, it allows audiences to recognize just how amazingly talented this duo was, and to realize how many of Rodgers’ haunting melodies are engraved in our collective memory, while appreciating what a great lyricist Hammerstein really was.

  • Go-Kart Driver Represents Family, Sandy Hook

    Sandy Hook resident Ryan Tani, 11, is driven. The third generation go-kart driver won’t let hair-raising speeds of 60 miles per hour, road rash inducing crashes or lack of racing budget raise a red flag on his racing career. Ryan has been able to avoid the pitfalls and obstacles with the help of his family and family friends, and is excelling this season at Oakland Valley Speedway in Cuddebackville, N.Y., where he currently sits at second place in the Junior Stock division.

  • Potluck At The Pantry

    Volunteers recently gathered for a potluck supper to mark the 30th anniversary of FAITH Food Pantry, a nonecumenical pantry based out of St John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook. While it was an event to mark three decades of helping people put food on their tables, cades of helping people put food on their tables, the fact is FAITH — and its Social Services counterpart at Town Hall South — is still a necessity in Newtown. FAITH co-chairs Barbara Krell, Lee Paulsen and Nancy Taylor were joined by new and longtime volunteers for the June 5 gathering.

  • Art Donation ‘Transports The Soul’

    The six-month anniversary of 12/14 was chosen to unveil a new display at C.H. Booth Library. A gift to the library by artist and former Sandy Hook resident Jean A. Mann, a miniature porcelain carved dragonboat is now enclosed in a glass case near the main checkout desk. The piece, carved in 1979, was created in memory of Ms Mann’s friends Hazel Crawley, Jessica Davidson, and Marni Wood. Her dragonboat, now permanently on display, will honor the 12/14 victims. “I gave my carved porcelain dragonboat to the C.H. Booth Library in memory of and after the terrible murders at the Sandy Hook School," Ms Mann, a former Sandy Hook resident, said on June 14. According to Eastern philosophy, she added, “the purpose of a dragonboat is to gather the spirits — souls — of those who have died and to take them to their next incarnation.”

  • Snapshot: Donna Rahtelli

    A weekly profile of a local resident.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Special Offerings In The ‘Specials Collection’ At The Book Sale

    Among the more than 120,000 books featured at the Annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale each year are some gems that pique the interest of book collectors and bibliophiles. Those books, winnowed from the many donations, make up the Specials Collection. Some of the books are very rare; others are valuable because of signatures or inscriptions. This year's sale is scheduled for July 13-17.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • Lighthouse At Trinity Becomes A Landmark For Fun

    Lighthouses and all things related to the maritime beacons took over Trinity Episcopal Church last weekend. It was all part of The Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, June 15, the first event presented by the recently formed organization Ben’s Lighthouse. Last weekend's event began quietly, on Friday evening, when members of the church were joined by a few members of Troop 270 to dedicate the 20-foot tall custom made lighthouse that too up temporary residence on the front lawn of the historic church. Saturday dawned sunny and warm, and the day was filled with events for all ages. Artwork of myriad forms by local schoolchildren covered the interior walls of the Main Street church. Classes, workshops, presentations, and video screenings were also among the day's offerings.

  • Rain Brings Early End To Season’s First Farmers Market

    Dark clouds that curdled an already overcast sky Tuesday afternoon were soon split by lightning, dropping heavy rain on the season’s first Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Although the weekly event was scheduled to run from 2 to 6 pm June 18 — opening day for the 2013 season — many vendors glanced at the sky and quickly took down their tents and folding tables as shoppers hurried to their cars less than two hours into the event.