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  • Gestures of Kindness, Part 13: Making A Positive Difference Every Month

    This is the 13th installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town. This time, meet the employees of Engineered Tax Services, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., who have adopted a local elementary school and have promised to offer positive programs on a monthly basis.

  • Snapshot: Tina Benhardt

    A weekly profile of a local resident.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • The Way We Were

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

  • Plunge For Sandy Hook Raising Money For ‘My Sandy Hook Family Fund’

    A “Plunge For Sandy Hook” event has been set for Sunday, December 8, at Lake Compounce in Bristol, to raise money for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund, which was established following the events of 12/14 to support the families who lost loved ones that day, according to its fundraising site. Sean Cummings and Molly Goodine came together to create the event. Neither Mr Cummings nor Ms Goodine live in Newtown, but both said this week that they wanted to do something to continue helping the families one year after the event...

  • Theater Review: A Delicious Treat, Not To Be Missed, At Theatre For The Arts

    "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change," by Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts, ran for over 5,000 performances off Broadway, making it the second longest running show there ever. After seeing the version currently on stage at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, I could only wish that they could keep it going at least until New Year’s. It is that good a production, of a hilarious, rollicking, ultimately touching examination of human relationships.

  • Theater Review: Theater Barn Gets Great Mileage Out Of ‘Becky’s New Car’

    If a woman says she wants new shoes, it means she wants a new job. If she says she wants a new house, it means she wants a new husband. But if she says she wants a new car, it means she wants a new life. This is the message that Maria de Vries, as the slightly daffy but clearly likeable Becky Foster, delivers in Steven Dietz’s slightly daffy but clearly likeable play, "Becky’s New Car," currently in production at Ridgefield Theater Barn until December 7. The show offers an entertaining evening, a feel-good play for the holiday season, and, as usual, the Ridgefield Theater Barn — in this case smoothly directed by Sherry Asch — gives it great mileage.

  • Field Notes: The Scarcity And Scattering Of November Light

    It is the law of supply and demand. The value of a commodity increases with its scarcity. So the increasing scarcity of light these days has made it silver and gold… deepening to violet and magenta at the margins of the day, when we travel to and from work in synchrony, for a few weeks, with the sun’s own daily commute. In November, when the landscape drops its modesty along with its veil of leaves, nature dims the lights in a deft bit of physics and stagecraft as the woodlands bare all.

  • It’s Fish-Eat-Weed At Taunton Lake

    About 250 grass carp are now silently swimming in the waters of Taunton Lake, the scenic 125-acre spring-fed, glacial lake in the Taunton District whose waters drain into Pond Brook and eventually to the Housatonic River. The grass carp, which are not native to the lake, recently were released into it as part of a project designed to curb the growth of the weed known as aquatic milfoil. Grass carp eat milfoil. Taunton Lake has remained a relatively clean water body over the years due to its limited access and because only a fraction of its shoreline has been residentially developed. In 2007, however, testing indicated that the lake had become infested with aquatic milfoil, an invasive weed that has entered many lakes and ponds in North America. Locally, Lake Zoar, Lake Lillinonah and Candlewood Lake have heavy milfoil infestations.

  • Stink Bugs An Autumn Nuisance For Homeowners

    The brown marmorated stink bug is flying, crawling, and piggy-backing its way into Fairfield County. The bark-colored, shield-shaped bug from Asia, about one-inch in length with long, segmented antennae, was first identified in Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, it has made its way into at least 30 other states, where it spends the spring and summer months feasting on — and heavily damaging — fruit and vegetable crops. What makes it particularly pesty, as its numbers increase in an area, is its penchant for moving indoors during the cool months of September and October. While the stink bug does not damage homes as it overwinters, it will dart about, its little wings thrumming. Multiple invaders can be disturbingly disruptive.