• The Way We Were

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

  • Theater Review: In Very Good ‘Company’ At TBTA

    The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts summer musical production of Steven Sondheim’s "Company," with book by George Furth, is not to be missed. The caliber of this production excels in every capacity. Director Maureen Trotto has brought to life a funny, touching and realistic musical examination of marriage in its modern form. Her precise and expert direction captures the essence of Sondheim’s message of the indelible value of an institution that is often a messy, aggravating pain in the neck.

  • Canine Physical Therapy Offers Recovery Solution

    What could make a dog that has loved long, vigorous walks for her entire 11 years, suddenly start limping and favoring one leg? That was the question in Newtown resident Sherry Paisley’s mind when her golden retriever, Grace, began slowing down last fall.At first, Ms Paisley was not sure that Grace’s gait was off; but within two weeks, the dog no longer wanted to put weight on her front left leg. Walks were slow and short as Grace struggled to balance herself and move along. There was no apparent reason or recent injury.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Hollywood Pony Dreams

    Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind." We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know, is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.

  • History Campers Bake Colonial Recipes At Matthew Curtiss House

    “Mistress” Patty Graves looked up from the bowl of blueberries and tray of sliced apples to listen to a faraway rumble in a darkening sky. Although still at a distance, she worried a summer storm might interrupt Newtown Historical Society history campers preparing blueberry pudding pie and apple crisp Wednesday, July 15.

  • Just In Time For A Hot Summer: Fruit Plus Maple Syrup Equals Fruple

    Fruple is a gluten-free, dairyless frozen dessert option made solely of organic fruits and maple syrup. It is really about making parents’ lives a little easier, said Dave Ackert, in describing how he has gone from selling advertising and sponsorships for apps and websites to stirring up what he hopes will be the next snack sensation. Mr Ackert and his wife, Eve, along with their two children, are the creators and distributors of Fruple, an all-natural iced dessert. The frozen treat is the family's answer to oversweetened, artificially flavored and colored treats that populate the marketplace.

  • Building Forts And Shelters At Two Coyotes Wilderness School

    Each week at the Two Coyotes Wilderness School has a different theme of wilderness and survival skills with different camps offered, according to Camp Director Karianna Rosenberg. Tuesday, July 7, was day two of the Forts and Shelters camp. The Two Coyotes Wilderness School is a camp that uses “wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, and naturalist skills as tools to help better understand yourself and your place in the world”, according to its website, twocoyotes.org. Ms Rosenberg has been the camp director for about four years. Two Coyotes runs all year and offers a homeschool program, an after school program, and a summer camp program.

  • Ruth Newquist To Serve As Grand Marshal Of 2015 Parade

    “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown — Honoring SCAN” is the 2015 Newtown Labor Day Parade theme, and it is Ruth Newquist who will put a face to that theme, as grand marshal. Ms Newquist, who is well known for her land- and cityscapes in watercolor and oils, has been an artist “since a child,” she said. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and attended The Art Students League in New York City for a year after that. Along the way, she met Larry Newquist, who was a substitute art teacher at Moore College. They married, and moved to New Jersey, before moving to Newtown in 1969.

  • Concert Preview: Kansas Keeps Pumping Out Progressive Hits With New Blood

    When Kansas burst onto the mainstream music scene with "Carry On Wayward Son" in 1977, they were already a well-established and well-practiced ensemble that honed their musicianship and performance skills playing hundreds of shows and producing several preceding records. The band circa 2015 is comprised of Williams and Ehart, long time bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale and their newest members, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt. Ahead of their return to the Ridgefield Playhouse July 26, Kansas co-founder Richard Williams told The Newtown Bee in an exclusive interview that the band is as energized as ever - even dipping back into its catalog to bring fans a new selection of deeper tracks in concert, some for the first time in decades.

  • New Viewpoint For A Familiar View

    This photo of Newtown’s famous flagpole intersection at Main Street and Church Hill Road was taken by Joey Santella with the help of his DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in the fall to study unmanned autonomous systems.