• Arts Festival Events Kicked Off With Kid-Friendly Art Party

    Following months of planning, events related to the second annual Newtown Arts Festival have begun. Three events had been held as of Tuesday night, three more weeknight events are still ahead, leading to a huge two-day event September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills. Held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the courtyard behind NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills, children, teens and adults were treated to three hours of free events that offered a hint of what would be coming during the next week. Arts Festival Chair Terry Sagedy said on September 15 that all of the available spots for the event had been filled. It was a good start for the volunteers who have been working to create events that will interest people of all ages and interests.

  • Theater Review: Fine Acting Brings Out Absurd Characters In Sherman’s ‘The Maids’

    Sherman Players President Robin Frome has taken on the challenge of staging one of Jean Genet’s plays, "The Maids," to an audience whose capacity for alarm is generally limited to the likes of Miley Cyrus. In his Director’s Notes, Frome rightly points out that he has gotten a great effort from the three fine actresses, and that they worked hard to “capture the genre” of the play, and bring forth the “emotional pain” of the “absurdist characters.” The production opened on Friday the 13th, and continues weekends until October 5.

  • A Stream’s New Home In The Open Air

    A stream restoration project at Dickinson Park, funded primarily through grants, included several phases of work ending with streamside plantings in recent days. Native shrubs and trees now line the banks of the waterway within the Elm Drive-Brushy Hill Road town park.

  • Snapshot: Jason Horn

    A weekly profile of a local resident.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Son’s Book Shares Deacon’s WWII POW Experience

    Kenneth Stroud is a mild man, with a ready smile and even at age 93, blue eyes that sparkle. His handshake is firm and while the years threaten to bend him in half, his stride is steady. A deacon in the Catholic Church for 36 years, the native Englishman does not have the demeanor of a man who harbors memories that would raise the eyebrows of the boldest soldier. But for three and a half years of his life the question for Mr Stroud was always, “What’s next?” Captured by the Japanese in 1942, just after the British forces in Singapore surrendered, the young Royal Air Force (RAF) Leading Aircraftsman would find himself shipped ultimately to the Indonesian island of Haruku, in the Banda Sea off of New Guinea.

  • Kevin's Community Center Fundraiser Draws Large Crowd

    Trays of catered foods, tables draped with linen and filled with wine, live music, and a silent auction greeted guests to the sixth annual Mozart, Merlot & Mums to benefit Kevin’s Community Center (KCC). The center is a free medical clinic open to uninsured or underinsured patients. A l...

  • R2R Cyclists Take On The Minuteman Challenge (And Connecticut’s Hills)

    Connecticut’s hills proved a good challenge for those riding in this year’s UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Minuteman Challenge, which reached Newtown on day three of its seven-day journey. A convoy of 150 bicyclers, their support teams and escorts arrived in Sandy Hook around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon, taking the bridge from Southbury’s River Road and turning left onto Glen Road. From there, riders traveled to Cherry Street, then picked up Riverside Road for a rest and water stop at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s main station.

  • Theater Review: ‘August: Osage County’ In Ridgefield Even Better Than Original In New York

    If there is one piece of live theater you get to see all year, make it Ridgefield Theater Barn’s August: Osage County. When Tracy Letts’ dark tragic-comedy premiered on Broadway in 2008, it swept all the prizes, prizes, garnering the Pulitzer for that year, along with multiple Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. One woman in the Theater Barn’s lobby the other night was heard to remark: “I saw the original show in New York … and this production’s better!”