Michael Vastarelli lives with his dog Cookie in a Newtown apartment where he lives a life with slightly different routines than most. As he manages his kidney disease with a daily dialysis routine, Mr Vastarelli waits for a kidney through Yale. He was diagnosed with Alport syndrome in 2006, and has been balancing dialysis into his life since 2013. “Most people heading into their 30s are heading into careers or families, and I was thinking about this,” he said.
On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the words to describe it. The Máirtín O’Connor Trio’s show at Newtown Meeting House, hosted on April 10 by The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, was was one of those concerts. Everything was perfect. The band members were energized and the house was filled with an appreciative audience. One cannot imagine a better start for the trio’s nine-day East Coast tour. Many excellent bands could be described in much the same fashion. But what makes this trio unique is their deep musical connection. They have a tight rapport that reminds me of the great duos of traditional music, such as the fiddler Martin Hayes and the guitarist Dennis Cahill. To see that almost telepathic connection in a larger group is a rare treat.
Orwellian London in 1984 is a dark, disturbing and dangerous place. Its essence is captured in Sherman Playhouse’s current production of George Orwell’s "1984," adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr and William A. Miles, Jr. The dramatic, expository piece is being immaculately directed by Kevin Sosbe, and the cast and crew have worked very hard to bring this challenging piece to life.
For the fifth year, kids and parents counted “bunnies” along trails at Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills Campus on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, for this year’s Bunny Watch.
The Bunny Watch was a fundraiser for and organized by the Newtown High School’s senior Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald. The event raised money for the group to attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University May 20–23.