Perhaps Newtown can claim some ownership to the recent director-actor pairing: former resident Nate Hapke and seasoned performer Richard Herd. Hapke, himself a child star turned film maker, is in the early stages of developing a second film in as many years with the veteran character actor who has previously appeared in dozens of film, stage and television projects. At the same time, Hapke is promoting a 2014 film he produced with Herd and actor Al Thompson entitled "Thom & Gerry," which was shot in town last year. Local audiences may eventually be treated to a double feature of Hapke’s films as he is in preliminary discussions to screen them in September during the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival.
Who was the first baby born to Newtown parents in 2015? We are ready to find out. In addition to that wonderful new baby smell and the joy of life that has arrived in someone’s home, The Newtown Bee and 23 additional local businesses are still looking forward to introducing the local newborn whose birth coincides closest to the arrival of the new year.
A desire to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has carried 22-year-old Alexander Moliver a long way from his Newtown home to a small apartment outside of Tel-Aviv, Israel. He spends up to three days there with roommates and rotates back to his military base for another 11 days. Mr Moliver is Jewish, and said, “I believe very strongly in the Jewish people and Israel’s right to exist.” Without IDF, he said, “Israel probably wouldn’t exist from all the attacks.” The IDF is not exclusive to Jews, and others, including some Muslims and Christians, also serve in Israel’s military forces. A 2010 Newtown High School graduate, Mr Moliver is now serving in an elite army unit in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones.
The Newtown Bee is in the process of preparing stories for Brides 2015, this year’s bridal supplement. For a few stories, we would like to hear from those who have been married within the past year or who are planning to be married within the year. Answers to an online survey will be used for general research or may be quoted in some of this year's stories.
Scientists have long said most people display behavior or talents driven by one dominating side of the brain. Left-brainers tend to display deep analytical and technical skills, while right-brainers lean toward being more creative or artistic talents. If that is the case, famed producer and musician Alan Parsons is a true hybrid — he seems to have that rare gift of being able to tap both sides of his brain with equally inspiring outcomes depending on the situation. According to his bio, Parsons, who is coming in concert to The Ridgefield Playhouse January 28, seemed genetically destined for a right-brained life, since he was born into a family with an impressive history in entertainment.
Tricia Guiry of Bethel started her new position as studio and community relations manager at Ben’s Bells Newtown in November, and has tackled the job with enthusiasm, and a determination to match the dedication of the dozens of volunteers at the 17 Church Hill Road studio, she said. Creating Ben’s Bells in Newtown has grown so much in popularity since 2013, that the studio, formerly staffed and operated solely by volunteers, determined it was necessary to hire a manager to better accommodate the needs of the community. Ms Guiry is responsible for overseeing the studio, making sure it is open and running efficiently for those who want to visit and work on beads for wind chime ornaments that are meant to remind those who find them that kindness is meant to be shared.
Recently, an old book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to New England, surfaced in my office begging to be flipped through. This collection of dog-friendly parks, beaches, and recreation areas was ranked by one to five paw prints to guide you where to take your dog for a walk, hike, or swim. I decided to flip to Connecticut and found the Newtown page. Top ranked was the 1,935-acre Paugussett State Park, split into upper and lower regions. This state forest, located off Great Quarter Road and Route 34, includes the Lillinonah Hiking Trial among the 794-acre upper tract.