• The Top of the Mountain

    Ahh, now that Thanksgiving dinner is under control, I can turn my attention to the upcoming holidays. Check out the Newtown Bee Calendar page, because there is so much in the works, I can’t even begin to list it here. I do want to remind you about the Shop Local campaign on Saturday. We have so many great stores right here in Newtown and Sandy Hook. You don’t have to wander very far to fulfill your holiday shopping list.

  • Holiday Closings

    All town offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The transfer station at 4 Ethan Allen Road will be closed both days; it will reopen on Saturday on its regular schedule (7 am to 3 pm).

    Newtown Senior Center and Cyrenius H. Booth Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The senior center will reopen on Monday at 8 am, and the town library will reopen on Saturday at 9:30 am.

  • Nourishments: The Glory Of Side Dishes

    On one of our first Thanksgivings as a married couple, my husband and I decided to host his parents for the holiday. The thing is, we were pretty strict vegetarians at the time, and there was no way a turkey was going to grace the table. We rationalized that if need be, we would be able to catch a fish, so we settled on grilling a whole salmon for the Thanksgiving Day feast.

  • A Time To Plant

    Winter is coming, to steal a phrase from the popular HBO show, The Game of Thrones. Along with the ritual of raking leaves comes another fall tradition for gardeners, that of planting bulbs.

  • A Thanksgiving Ceremony At Fraser Woods Montessori School

    Fraser Woods Montessori School Head of School Myriam Woods welcomed her entire school community to a gathering on Tuesday, November 25, to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    The assembly included a reading of a Native American poem “The Four Elements” by students, sharing the history of Thanksgiving, students performing the story of Stone Soup, and each grade level offering things for which they are thankful.

  • Having And Not Having

    When the holidays get started in earnest next week, the town will again embark on a season of heightened sensibilities with a celebration of Thanksgiving. Elsewhere, the fulsome holiday spectacle of twinkling lights and jingling cash registers seems to go a little farther over the top with every passing year. But in Newtown the sense of what we have, etched as it is in high relief by what we have lost, has an authentic value worthy of our deepest thanks.

  • Turkey Call to Action

    To the Editor:

    For the past 32 years the FAITH Food Pantry has provide food for Newtown residents in time of need.  During the Thanksgiving holiday, turkeys are also given out.  Despite the fact that the fall season food drives have been good we anticipate we will not have enough turkeys to give out.

  • WIN Holiday Basket Program Seeks Support

    Help feed families in need through the Thanksgiving Basket Program, now in its 50th year.

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) coordinates a program to feed families as identified by Newtown Social Services throughout the holiday season. WIN seeks individuals, organizations, and school groups to “adopt” each family and provide food, toiletries, and paper goods.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Is it a coincidence that American Diabetes Awareness Month, November, follows smack-dab on the heels of Halloween? Whatever the reason, the American Diabetes Association has made it a goal to help others understand diabetes and its consequences. Diabetes is the body’s inability to produce or use insulin, resulting in high glucose levels in the blood.

  • Grassroots Gratitude

    As the people of Newtown prepared for their Thanksgiving celebrations this week, the community once again found itself in the spotlight. This time, the nation’s attention was drawn to the release on Monday of a long-anticipated report by the state’s attorney investigating the 12/14 shootings at the Sandy Hook School — the event for which no one gives thanks.