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  • Newtown Is The New North Stamford

    Richard A. English
    Letters To The Editor
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    To the Editor: I read with interest, a letter from last week [“Queen Street’s Big Picture Needs A Regional View,” Letter Hive, 7/24/13], extolling the virtues of the new large yellow bumps on Queen Street. Apparently we must accept them because they were first used in Southern Fairfield Count...Read Full Article

  • First Selectman Outlines Plans For Armed School Security, Future Options

    John Voket
    Latest News
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday
    First Selectman Pat Llodra posted a blog entry earlier this week assuring the community that when school opens in a few weeks, each of the town's schools will be served by security guards in addition to an armed officer.  

    In her latest blog entry at onenewtown.org, the town's clearinghouse website for healing and recovery information, First Selectman Pat Llodra recently outlined how security for the public schools located in Newtown will be provided. The details do not include Sandy Hook School, which she noted, has...Read Full Article

  • Public Invited To Join Horse Guard In Welcoming Unity Riders, Monday

    The Newtown Bee
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    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard invites the public to attend the arrival of the Dakota Riders to Newtown, as part of its annual Unity Ride, at noon on Monday, August 5. After the tragic events of 12/14, The Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and heal...Read Full Article

  • Nicole Cheri McDonald

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    Nicole Cheri (McGrath) McDonald, 25, of Seymour, died unexpectedly July 29, as the result of a car accident. She was the wife of Brian McDonald. She was born in Denver, Colo., March 25, 1988, daughter of Jeffery and Cheryl (Feeney) McGrath. She attended Newtown schools, graduating in 2006....Read Full Article

  • Police Seek Missing Man

    Andrew Gorosko
    Latest News
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday
    Robert Hoagland

    Newtown police are attempting to find a missing man, Robert Hoagland, 50, no address given, who was last seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 5:30 am on Sunday, July 28.Hoagland is white, six feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald and has b...Read Full Article

  • A Nostalgic Crowd Gathers To Celebrate The Great Newtown Reunion

    Andrew Gorosko & Kendra Bobowick
    Latest News
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday
    Perched on the back of a golf cart are, from left, Laurie Silber, Amy Edmonds-Casey, and Laura Smolen.

    Roughly 1,000 “alumni” from Newtown’s schools from the past several decades gathered at the Fairfield Hills grounds for the 12-hour Great Newtown Reunion on Saturday, July 27. The event, which was held in a cluster of tents arrayed on a sprawling athletic field just west of Kent House, provid...Read Full Article

  • Fair Weather Helped Thousands Groove At This Year’s Gathering Of The Vibes

    John Voket
    Features
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    In 1996, the Gathering of the Vibes was originally conceived as a one-off tribute concert to memorialize fallen Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia. But much like the members of that seminal American rock and roll outfit, the Vibes has continued, growing into a destination festival that for the pa...Read Full Article

  • Theater Review: A Brilliant Offering Continues Goodspeed’s Golden Anniversary Season

    Julie Stern
    Features
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday
    While there is much to celebrate in Goodspeed Opera House’s current production of Hello, Dolly!, the best things are the big musical numbers performed by the large and very gifted ensemble. Milliners, chief clerks and others are being taught how to dance in this scene featuring, from left, Catherine Blades, Jeremy Morse, Brooke Shapiro, Charles MacEachern, Ashley Brown, and Spencer Moses.

    Audiences have a chance to enjoy a splendid production of the show at Goodspeed, as part of the Opera House’s 50th anniversary celebration. As usual, this small house with the huge vision has pulled out all the stops: Adrian W. Jones’ great visual scenic design, Wade Laboissoniere’s wonderful...Read Full Article

  • Praise for ‘Panacea’

    Gay Engelberger
    Letters To The Editor
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    To the Editor: Last Saturday night, at the Great Newtown Reunion, "Panacea" absolutely rocked our world. Every single one of the rock group's members was superb, and the song choices brought tears to our eyes. "Panacea" was back again, and 40 years magically melted away ... we were young, delirious...Read Full Article

  • Wall Matthews & Guests At Sound Center, August 17

    The Newtown Bee
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    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    On Saturday, August 17, Wall Matthews will be returning to Connecticut for the first time in many years to perform an evening of his compositions. The performance will be at Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown. Joining...Read Full Article

  • Bowling For LLS, August 17

    The Newtown Bee
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    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    Katherine James, team captain for the Dear Jack team registered for the 2013 Newtown Light the Night Walk, has organized an event to raise money for her team. Join in unlimited games of bowling at Lore’s Lanes, 145D Danbury Road in New Milford, on August 17. Tickets are $15 and include all games d...Read Full Article

  • Praying For Newtown, An Interfaith Gathering

    The Newtown Bee
    Religion
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will present the next interfaith gathering for prayer on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 4 pm. An ongoing monthly series launched in the weeks following 12/14, this month’s gathering will follow the theme “Prayers for Rest and Renewal.”...Read Full Article

  • Nancy V. Pecora

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    July 31, 2013, Wednesday

    Nancy V. (LoParco) Pecora, 74, of Greenwich, died July 24, due to complications after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Greenwich, to Horace and Filomena “Fanny” LoParco....Read Full Article

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Took Newtown Spirit To Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday
    The group of young adults and chaperones who traveled from Newtown to Moore, Okla., July 21-26, included, front row: Marissa Thill, Erica Thill, Mergim Bajraliu, Tess Murray, Maggie Kost, Alana Murray, Matt Gonzalez, and Joe Fiorella; second row: Dan Harrison, Jessica Delp, Paget Haylon, Jennifer Peterson, Aimee Alexander, Elizabeth Calabrese, and Brenna Kelly; and back row: Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd, Rob Ryder, Patrick Pierce, Jeff Haylon, Eric Benson, Katie Clark, Austen Wagner, and Trystan Wagner.

    For five days last week, 19 Newtown teenagers worked through 100-degree Oklahoma heat, dodged powerful thunderstorms, avoided rattlesnakes, scorpions and other creatures foreign to most New Englanders, and endured cold showers and ad hoc sleeping arrangements.  They did this all in the attempt to p...Read Full Article

  • Extraordinary Trip, Extraordinary Kids

    Rick Haylon, Paget Haylon, Jennifer Peterson, Rob Ryder, and Kathie Adams-Shepard
    Letters To The Editor
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday

    To the Editor: As chaperones of the Ben’s Lighthouse sponsored work camp in Oklahoma, we want to praise each and every one of the youth who took part in the trip: Aimee Alexander, Alana Murray, Austen Wagner, Brenna Kelly, Dan Harrison, Elizabeth Calabrese, Eric Benson, Erica Thill, Jeff Haylon,...Read Full Article

  • Triptych Paintings At Good News Cafe, Including Works By Three Newtown Artists

    The Newtown Bee
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    July 30, 2013, Tuesday

    Ten skilled local artists, all members of Washington Art Association, will display a wide variety of paintings in the form of triptychs at Carol Peck’s Good News Café, August 7 through September 30. The subjects, many of abstract composition, are are compelling and diverse. Among them a garden po...Read Full Article

  • Ines O. Freuler

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday

    Ines Freuler, 85, of Stamford, forever known to her family as “Schatzie,” died July 25, a short month after her birthday. Born in Bern, Switzerland, June 15, 1928, she immigrated to New York on the Queen Elizabeth in 1950. She always told her family how excited she was to see the Statue of Liber...Read Full Article

  • Two More Opportunities To Catch Inaugural Summer Jam Concerts

    The Newtown Bee
    Features
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday
    Children obviously enjoyed themselves during Bob Bloom’s performance at Dickinson Park on July 31.

    Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience partici...Read Full Article

  • Our Circle

    Mergim Bajraliu
    Letters To The Editor
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday

    To the Editor: Our mutual pain and suffering is what allows us Newtowners to clench hands in a large circle – all 27,560 of us. It’s easy for us to open up to one another because there is not a single person in that circle who cannot understand our pain. Anyone I talk to in that circle can in s...Read Full Article

  • Trinity Youth, A Beacon Of Light: 21st Annual Workcamp Mission Outreach

    The Newtown Bee
    Religion
    July 30, 2013, Tuesday
    A group of 37 young adults, nine adults and Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd from Trinity Episcopal Church set out for Norristown, Penn., in late June, to complete their 21st successive summer mission trip with Group Workcamps. The youth participating in this year’s workcamp were members of the Trinity Young Adults in Church (YAC) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Groups, as well as friends and invited guests from other churches across Newtown.

    A group of 37 young adults, nine adults and Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd from Trinity Episcopal Church set out for Norristown, Penn., in late June, to complete their 21st successive summer mission trip with Group Workcamps. The Group Workcamp Foundation Mission concept, started in 1977 in Loveland,...Read Full Article