• Theater Review: A Well Designed Conclusion For Town Players Season

    Elegantly introduced by tuxedo clad director Gene Golaszewski, "Design for Murder" unfolds as a whodunit in the classic style. Town Players of Newtown are currently presenting George Batson’s play. Last Sunday’s matinee had audience members agog at intermission, quizzing each other as to who did do it. It was fun for all. The finalé of Town Players of Newtown’s 80th anniversary season, "Design For Murder" continues weekends to November 21. Performances are at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road.

  • Theater Review: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Production Of ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

    In the eat-or-be-eaten world of 1970s Chicago real estate, fast talking brokers would sell their mother worthless swamp land just to score a closing.  Nowhere is this pressurized environment portrayed more fully than in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross," now in performances at Ridgefield Theater Barn.

  • Ana Grace Project Planning 'Love Wins' Events For Town, Trauma Responders

    “This is how love wins.” That was the parting sentiment from Nelba Marquez-Greene following a Newtown Bee interview with her and husband Jimmy Greene, founders of The Ana Grace Project, a multifaceted initiative developed to honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School student who was lost on 12/14. The couple still clearly has difficult moments as they refer to their daughter amid revealing details about a pair of upcoming events being hosted by the Project and partners including the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Western Connecticut State University, Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team, Newtown Public Schools, the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and the Child Trauma Academy on December 2 and 3. The first event is exclusively for the community, and is patterned after a similar community gathering the couple hosted in the Hartford region. Ms Marquez-Greene explained that the Project is bringing in a group of experts for the benefit of community members who feel they have been impacted by the 12/14 tragedy.

  • Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Scheduled

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fundraising drive for the 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and luminaria display that will be part of the annual tree lighting at Ram Pasture. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, December 4. Activities including caroling and visits with Santa will begin at 6:30, and the tree will be lit at 7 pm. Donations are sought to help cover the cost of the event. Readers are invited to contribute $10 for a bulb or luminaria to honor someone special.

  • 3D Printers Are Not Just Kid Stuff

    The chbMakers Open House takes place Saturday, November 14, from 8 am to 5 pm, throughout the C.H. Booth Library on Main Street. The event will allow the public to learn about and experiment with the various activities that make the library more than just a place from which to borrow books. The showpieces of the Makers are the two 3D printers that the library has added to its collection through the generosity of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library. Young people, in particular, have been drawn to this new technology, quickly picking up on how to find software and create various small objects. Several of the teenagers currently serve as volunteers to teach the ins and outs and ups and downs of the 3D printers to other members of the public. One resident who needed not much more than a couple of YouTube videos and a brief meeting with a teen trainer to realize the value of the 3D printers is Scott Larsen.

  • The Hit Men Are Aiming To Make Musical Memories At Ridgefield Playhouse

    So you really LOVE the vintage Rock and Roll tones of Tommy James & The Shondells, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, or The Critters. What about the silky smooth sounds of Carly Simon or Barry Manilow? Or the plaintive folk stylings of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens? Well after decades behind the scenes, some of the greatest musicians instrumental in the success of those and numerous other pop, rock and folk artists have united to form The Hit Men. And they will be recreating those songs in a veritable smorgasbord of every song you can sing along to on November 13, when The Hit Men arrive at The Ridgefield Playhouse

  • Supporters Rise To The Great Pumpkin Challenge

    With a record number of donations and pumpkins, The Great Pumpkin Challenge creator Mackenzie Page said this year’s campaign “was so much fun. It was amazing.” By Monday, November 2, Mackenzie was ready to reflect on the 228 pumpkins dropped off at her family’s Main Street home. This year, Mackenzie said, beat previous pumpkin drop off numbers by about 50. This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge also received more monetary donations than ever, and by Monday Mackenzie said this year’s challenge had collected $35,000, and donations were still coming in from corporate donors and individuals.

  • Newtowner Nate Hapke Debuting Local Film At New Haven Film Fest

    Former Newtown resident Nate Hapke will be winging his way back from his day job as a production manager on the set of General Hospital to debut his award-winning short film Thom & Gerry at New Haven International Film Festival. According to the young filmmaker, Thom & Gerry is an official selection of the festival. It is scheduled for a 3 pm screening on Thursday, November 12, and Friday the 13th at 1:15 pm, depending on final scheduling by the coordinators. The screening is being held at Gateway Community College. In a brief chat with The Newtown Bee this week, Mr Hapke said that he has shown the film at Cannes in the Short Film Corner. “It did really well, an incredible honor to have it there,” Mr Hapke said of Thom & Gerry, which had its primary work done late last year in Newtown. While the audience in the boutique screening room was small, Mr Hapke was gratified by the applause that rang out as the film concluded.

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