On a recent trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., I went looking for a piece of my family history. In the process I discovered the depth of pet ownership of President Theodore Roosevelt at his family home. The 26th first family had a plethora of pets, including notable dogs like Rollo the St Bernard, Sailor Boy the Chesapeake Bay retriever, Pete, the bull terrier, his son Archie’s favorite pet, Skip the rat terrier, and most importantly, Blackjack or “Jack” the Manchester terrier, the favorite dog of his son Kermit Roosevelt. All these called Sagamore Hill as well as the White House home.
Ken Ludwig’s "Leading Ladies" opened on September 25, at TheatreWorks New Milford, to a full house of entertained theatergoers. This outrageous bit of farcical hijinks left the audience laughing to the point of guffaws as the tempo picked up and the ruse was on. If you are interested in a rollicking romp — and who isn’t? — this is the place to be. Shed your cares and head to TheatreWorks for a sidesplitting good time. Performances continue weekends through October 10.
For anyone who has ever wanted to see the performer behind that voice coming out of your speakers, or for fans who have seen Grammy and Oscar-winner Melissa Etheridge on every tour, a two-night stand coming up Monday and Tuesday at The Ridgefield Playhouse is not to be missed. Billed as her This Is M.E. Solo tour, Etheridge will take the stage in one of the smallest spaces she plans to play on this outing. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, Etheridge divulged that not only will casual fans hear all the big hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over,” they'll get a sampling from her latest album, "This is M.E.," as well as a a few impromptu picks from her vast 13 album catalog.
When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs. At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to "The Dogs of Newtown." Written by the older brother of one of the children killed on 12/14, the book — which was released on Amazon.com September 29 — shares short stories about some of Guy A. Bacon’s favorite comfort dogs. The young man definitely followed the first rule of writing when he began working on this project: He wrote what he knew about. "The Dogs of Newtown" is a celebration of many of the dogs that visited his school, “some of the most special therapy dogs that visited me and my friends at school and helped lick the tears away from our faces,” Guy wrote as part of the book’s introduction.
In their fight against breast cancer, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends have kicked off their third annual fundraising campaign to “Tie The Town Pink.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHSS effort includes hanging large handmade pink bows throughout the community and as a special gesture to friends and family affected by the disease. Each ribbon represents a $15 donation toward local cancer-related services. The SHSS will make a donation to Ann’s Place of Danbury, a community-based cancer support center, this year. Supporters can make a donation toward a ribbon through the group's Eventbrite page, or they can make an in-person donation during the 5th Annual Passport To Sandy Hook next weekend.
Newtown High School 2015 graduate Alec Hersh is set to have his edition of ABC's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" air this Thursday, October 1. He auditioned for the chance to be on the show last spring, filmed his participation with the game show on Friday, July 31, and he said his friends and family have been waiting to watch the episode ever since. Currently a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Alec's appearance will come during the game shows special Off To College Week. While he has yet to declare a major, Alec found that some of his interests, including psychology, history and theater, helped him answer the trivia questions he faced.
In renovating the building at the corner of West and Main Streets, the history of the property has been a priority for developers Chris Wilson and Chris Hottois, of Flint Ridge Development, LLC, in Monroe. Commonly known as “the Chase Building,” the structure was “a mess,” said Mr Hottois, when the partners purchased the building two years ago, and began restoration. “When we acquired this building, it was in really tough shape,” Mr Hottois said, adding there was little indication that any maintenance had been performed in the past 50 years. “You name it, it needed to be replaced,” agreed Mr Wilson. From floorboards to rafters, the building has slowly been brought up to code and returned to its dignified beauty of an earlier era.