• Theater Review: "The Little Dog Laughed," And Nobody Napped, At The Little Theatre

    Town Players of Newtown are midway through the production of Douglas Carter Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed." The production, under the sure hand of director David Bass, is a beautifully acted, thought provoking interpretation of what is actually a very serious play, by a major playwright who happens to infuse his lines with a vitriolic sense of humor.

  • Ballots And Baked Goods

    Following the Connecticut State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, held last month in Bristol, five Newtown teams are preparing to head to the World Finals in Michigan, set for May 22-25. A bake sale at Newtown Middle School today — timed to coincide with most of the hours when residents will be voting in the second round referendum — continues to raise funds for the students and chaperones going on that trip. Baked goods are being offered by Odyssey of the Mind team members (and parents) at a table set up near the entrance to the gymnasium residents are using for today's vote. Team parents are taking turns manning the sale, and fresh baked goods will continue to be delivered during the course of the sale. While many voters have stopped and purchased some of the goodies, others have opted to make a donation and forgo the treats. Either way, each dollar means the Reed School fifth grade team is a little it closer to their goal.

  • Children’s Authors And Illustrators To Visit Newtown, May 17-18; Free Public Programs May 18

    Children’s Book Week will be celebrated this year with two days of special events for residents of all ages. On Friday, May 17, a number of celebrated children's authors and illustrators will be visiting Newtown schools. The following day most of those authors and illustrators will still be in town, and will offer “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown" at Newtown Middle School. Saturday's event will offer a number of panel discussions, for those with tickets that can be obtained at the C. H. Booth Library, along with the opportunity to attend drawing sessions with illustrators, and book signings, all open to the public free of charge.

  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Nine— Residents Continue To Receive Love, Provide Inspiration To Others

    Food drives, discount admission tickets to an amusement park, pillowcases to help children of all ages find peaceful sleep again, fundraising in myriad forms, books donated to a local library in memory of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School… these gestures of kindness, and others, continue to be done to honor those who died and to show support for everyone in Newtown as residents continue to recover following 12/14. James Dietter continues The Newtown Bee's ongoing series with this, the ninth installation of "Gestures of Kindness."

  • Children’s Authors And Illustrators To Visit Newtown, May 17-18; Free Public Programs May 18

    During Children’s Book Week, May 13-19, authors will visit schools on Friday, May 17, and give a “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown” presentation at Newtown Middle School for residents on Saturday, May 18. C.H. Booth Library&rsq...

  • The Way We Were

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

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    A weekly profile of a Newtown resident.

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  • Newtown Resident Puts The Spin On ‘Wheel Of Fortune’

    Local viewers of ABC network’s Wheel of Fortune may have thought they hit the jackpot Monday evening, May 6, when they saw a fellow Newtowner spinning her way through the show. Chrissy Gstell said that she has been a “Wheel Watcher” her entire life.

  • Peace Flag Workshops To Continue At The Graceful Planet

    Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts, a collection of friends with a mission to change to world, recently announced plans for four peace flag workshops. Workshops began May 7, and will continue on Tuesdays, May 14 and 21, and June 4, each from 5 to 6:30 pm. Children and adults are invited to the workshops, hosted by The Graceful Planet, where attendees will continue creating flags with messages and images of peace to be sent to Boston and other locations. On Tuesday of this week, a small but happy group of children and adults spent 90 minutes creating flags ...