• 12.14 Foundation’s ‘Midsummer’ Cast Wraps Up Complex Recording Process

    When all is sung and done, owners of the soon-to-be-released original soundtrack of The 12.14 Foundation’s "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream" will be able to sample from either the “Moon” or “Stars” cast CDs, or they can enjoy all he subtle diversities between the two. Over several days in recent weeks, dozens of young cast members, the professional leads, and members of the pit orchestra joined Director Michael Unger, who adapted the Shakespeare work into a contemporary musical, and composer/lyricist Eric Svejcar at Carriage House Studios in Stamford to complete recording for the anticipated holiday season double CD release.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • Always In ‘Flux,’ Adrian Belew Unveils Latest Project, Trio Tour

    As a guitarist, Adrian Belew has made his mark as the go-to ‘string man’ for Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and most notably, the supremely eclectic King Crimson. Along the way the affable Kentuckian also wracked up serious cred as a critically acclaimed solo artist with his group The Bears, as an in-demand multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and more recently, visual artist and app creator. Belew will bundle all that up as he heads out on his latest tour with Power Trio colleagues, School of Rock prodigy and bassist Julie Slick, and drummer Tobias Ralph, who will hit the Ridgefield Playhouse stage Sunday, October 26,.

  • Snapshot: Tim Gagne

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Retail (For) Therapy: A Night Out With Benefits

    “You know how some people like to go shopping and call it their therapy? This is a shopping event that will be helping others get therapy,” said Lauren Morehouse, describing an event she is helping to organize. Called Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. “We wanted to do something that would bring together a diversified collection of vendors in our space,” Mrs Morehouse said. The show will be presented within the bridal salon at 154 South Main Street. Proceeds will be donated to the Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF). A silent auction and the sale of ornaments by a Maryland artist will also add to the evening's offerings, and ultimate benefits.

  • A Rainy Passport To Sandy Hook

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) held the Fourth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 11. The event challenged participants to visit the 32 participating locations to have their “passports” stamped at each stop. Participants to completed having their passports stamped at all of the participating locations were entered into a drawing for three prize packages.

  • Bringing Fresh Water, Food, Education To African Villages

    Calvary Chapel Southbury runs a nongovernmental organization known as “Love in Action” in the African countries of Malawi and Mozambique. The nonprofit charity has been caring for orphans and the aged for ten years. On a mission trip in August, charity members brought an additional gift of funds for school uniforms to the orphans, donated by the Sandy Hook Family Memorial. Last month, residents Christine and Kevin Yacko, who established the Sandy Hook Family Memorial, a nonprofit organization, met with Calvary Chapel Pastor John Eastwood and Renee Gilbert, a church member, and made plans to raise funds to build a well and bring fresh water to a new location in an African village.

  • New Stories For Newtown Deadline Approaching

    For young people in Newtown, a chance to have their poetry, short stories, and/or art published is here. The New Stories For Newtown: Words and Images contest has a deadline approaching. Entries are due by October 31, and according to C.H. Booth Library staff, they are looking for as many student entries as possible before that time. New Stories for Newtown started last year when Newtown resident and children’s author and illustrator Ross Macdonald suggested the idea to C.H. Booth Library Children’s Librarian Lana Bennison.

  • Volunteers Sought For Handmade Blanket Event

    The Binky Patrol of Southern Connecticut is planning a Binkathon, a one-afternoon event during which hundreds of binkies will be produced for future distribution. The event will take place Saturday, October 25, from noon until 4 pm, at Christ the King Church in Trumbull. During that time, area residents of all ages are invited to learn how to make a binky — a small, handmade blanket to be distributed to children born with HIV or AIDS, addictions, or chronic or terminal illness. Binkies are also given to abused children, children struggling through foster care, and any child up to age 18 who is experiencing a trauma. Binkies can also be made and donated any time during the year to the local Binky Patrol chapter, who will donate when and where they are needed.