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  • Theater Review: Excellent ‘Sweeney Todd’ At TBTA

    Elizabeth Young
    Features
    July 16, 2018, Monday
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    BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theater for the Arts has undertaken a big, bold production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, a musical that fills the theater with an atmosphere of madness and brilliant music. This is a massive undertaking, which TBTA pulls off excellently. The story of the demon barber of Fleet Street is rife with…...Read Full Article

  • Theater Review: ‘Desert Cities’ Resonates In Sherman

    Elizabeth Young
    Features
    July 16, 2018, Monday
    Other Desert Cities at Sherman -- Schroko & Colburn

    SHERMAN — The lengths that parents will go to protect their children is on intense and exquisite display in The Sherman Playhouse production of Other Desert Cities, by playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Posing as staunch, practicing, conservative members of the Grand Old Party, Lyman (played by Steve Schroko) and Polly (Kit Colbourn) Wyeth reside in…...Read Full Article

  • Robert Berube

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    July 16, 2018, Monday
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    Robert Ronald "Bobby" Berube, 49, of Newtown, died July 5, in Bridgeport, from complications of a hiking accident in the Fall of 2017. Born April 11, 1969, in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Jacqueline Berube and Robert Berube of Nicholson, Penn. Mr Berube attended Monroe High School and Henry-Abbott Technical High School.…...Read Full Article

  • Haunting Williams Work Next For Town Players

    The Newtown Bee
    Cultural Events
    July 16, 2018, Monday
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    Town Players of Newtown will begin performances of its new production this weekend. Written by Tennessee Williams and being directed by Terry Polvay, Suddenly Last Summer will open at The Little Theatre on Friday, July 20, and continue weekends through August 11. In one of Williams’s most haunting pieces of writing, audiences learn how far…...Read Full Article

  • Vanessa Trien Keeps Children On Their Feet

    Kendra Bobowick
    Features
    July 16, 2018, Monday
    KB_web Summer Jam Concerts Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys hug

    “I’m Vanessa,” said Vanessa Trien to the many children with their bright eyes turned to her Tuesday evening at Dickinson Park. Stepping down off the band shell, she encouraged her young audience: “Maybe you could clap your hands?” Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys entertained the many parents and children this week as part of…...Read Full Article

  • Students Reunite With Didi Maa During Newtown Visit

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    July 16, 2018, Monday
    Sadhvi Ritambharaji, known as Didi Maa, hugs Superintendent of Schools Dr Lorrie Rodrigue, left, during a welcoming event at Newtown Municipal Center on July 9. Resident Reena Sahani, second from right, and NHS science teacher Susan McConnell, right, look on.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Roughly three months after Newtown High School students traveled to India through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE), Newtown welcomed Sadhvi Ritambharaji, known as Didi Maa, on July 9, when a welcoming event was held at Newtown Municipal Center. Students who traveled in April were reunited with Didi Maa at the afternoon event, and…...Read Full Article

  • ‘The Dogs Of Camelot’ Brings Readers Into The World Of The Kennedy Canines

    Andy Hutchison
    Features
    July 15, 2018, Sunday
    The Dogs of Camelot brings readers into the world of the Kennedy dogs.

    Dr Margaret “Peggy” Reed has been training dogs for decades, including here in Newtown, but now she is providing a learning experience to dog owners (or non-dog owners, for that matter) through her book The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines, which was also written by Joan Lownds. Clint Hill, a secret service…...Read Full Article

  • Community Center On Track For 2019 Opening Despite Tight Budget

    John Voket
    Front Page
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
    Steel workers, sometimes known as ‘fasteners,’ work to attach crossbeams to the steel supports on the site of the new community and senior center Monday, July 9, at Fairfield Hills. 
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    Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) Chairman Robert Mitchell said he was excited to learn that the steel “bones” of the new community and senior center were going up Monday, July 9. As a former high altitude steel worker himself, Mr Mitchell said once that work is complete in a couple of weeks, residents will…...Read Full Article

  • Officials: Pootatuck Debris ‘Cloud’ Was Not Toxic

    John Voket
    Front Page
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
    Matt Beres snapped an image of a cloudy plume in the Pootatuck River that he discovered behind a Commerce Road building on Tuesday, July 10. The substance according to local officials came from ongoing construction happening at the St. Rose of Lima Parish when some debris was pumped out of a clogged storm water drain.

    A small milky bloom that was discovered July 10 in a section of the Pootatuck River adjacent to Commerce Road was determined to be nontoxic and not harmful to the Class A trout stream, according to the Land Use Department’s Deputy Director of Planning Rob Sibley. After receiving notification of a milky substance in the…...Read Full Article

  • Rising Steel Begins Defining Shape Of Community Center

    Kendra Bobowick
    Front Page
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
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    “Isn’t this exciting?” exclaimed Community Center Committee Chairman Kinga Walsh, stepping from her car and pausing to stare at the bones of a new building rising from the concrete pad, which defines the footprint of the new community center and senior center structure at Fairfield Hills. The committee Tuesday evening elected Ms Walsh as chairman.…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART Camp Begins

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Education
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
    Giavanna Dentice, 7, and Sophia Thorsson, 7, make coil pots in the SMART Great Clay Adventure class on July 3.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART (Summer Music and Art) Camp began its summer classes on July 2 this year. The camp runs for two weeks, in two sessions. This year’s second session will run from July 17 to 28. SMART Camp Program Director Stephanie Cardwell said on July 3 that the summer program was off to…...Read Full Article

  • ‘My Magic Breath’ Teaches Children The Power Of Mindfulness

    Alissa Silber
    Features
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
    Newtown resident and New York Times bestselling author Nick Ortner holds a copy of his second children’s book, My Magic Breath, which was released in May. The story teaches children how to relieve stress through mindful breathing. Stacked on the table are copies of Mr Ortner’s previous releases, as well as one copy each of titles published by his sister and his brother. (Bee Photo, Silber)

    What if the magic to help us feel better was inside us all along? New York Times bestselling author and Newtown resident Nick Ortner dives into the subject of mindfulness and the power of intentional breathing in his new children’s picture book, My Magic Breath, released May 15. For nearly 20 years, Mr Ortner has…...Read Full Article

  • Registration Continues For July 21 Sandy Hook 5K

    The Newtown Bee
    Front Page
    July 14, 2018, Saturday
    This is the winning design for the shirts that the youngest runners will receive at the Sandy Hook 5K event.

    The final Sandy Hook 5K will take place on Saturday, July 21. The event begins at 8:15 am with staggered kids’ fun runs and 9 am for the 5K. The run for children ages 2-6 is a quarter mile, and the run for children ages 7 and up is a half mile. Children receive a…...Read Full Article

  • John Traub

    The Newtown Bee
    Obituaries
    July 13, 2018, Friday
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    John E. Traub, 89, of Newtown, died July 10, at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of the late Ann Marie Traub. Born May 29, 1929, in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Burras and Marguerite Traub. Mr Traub and his late wife were former residents of Bethlehem. He had been a resident…...Read Full Article

  • Historic Renovations In Sandy Hook Center

    Shannon Hicks
    Features
    July 13, 2018, Friday
    SH_renovations to historic Sandy Hook post office building 02 -- front of building REDUCED & WATERMARKED

    Major renovations are underway at a historic building in the center of Sandy Hook. The former Sandy Hook Post Office building — and one of the country’s first super stores, a precursor of today’s supermarkets — at 4 Washington Avenue has been abuzz with activity this week as contractors have removed the windows from the…...Read Full Article

  • Hammerin’ Hawgs Push Trumbull To Final Inning Before State Championship Walk-Off Loss

    Andy Hutchison
    Front Page
    July 13, 2018, Friday
    The Hammerin' Hawgs earned second place in the 14U Babe Ruth State Tournament. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

    The Newtown Hammerin’ Hawgs pushed defending state champion and host Trumbull to the finish in a tough 2-1 walk-off loss in the 14U Babe Ruth State Tournament championship round at Unity Park, July 12. Coming out of the loser’s bracket, the Hawgs needed to beat Trumbull to force a winner-take-all game the next day, but…...Read Full Article

  • Threatened Bridge Jumping Averted

    Andrew Gorosko
    Front Page
    July 13, 2018, Friday
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    About 5 pm on Thursday, July 12, during the evening rush, a 27-year-old man reportedly was threatening to jump from Rochambeau Bridge, alongside eastbound Interstate 84, into the waters of the Housatonic River. State police said that troopers from Troop L in Litchfield were investigating the incident in which the man was threatening suicide. Troopers…...Read Full Article

  • Newtown High School Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

    The Newtown Bee
    Education
    July 13, 2018, Friday
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    The following students made the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fourth quarter marking period at Newtown High School for the 2017-18 school year. The honor roll listings were recently released by the school for publication. Students earn recognition on the High Honor Roll by being enrolled in five or more classes with…...Read Full Article

  • Friends Of The C.H. Booth Library Book Sale: Books Fly Out The Doors, Ferried By Happy Readers

    Eliza Hallabeck
    Features
    July 13, 2018, Friday
    People browse for books in the Reed Intermediate School cafetorium moments after the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale opened its doors on July 7. This year’s book sale fundraiser for the library was a popular throughout its run, July 7 to 11.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)

    This year’s Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale may be one for the books. According to unofficial tallies, this year’s book sale is shaping up to surpass last year’s fundraiser for the library. For some people, opening day of this year’s book sale on July 7 meant the time for an annual outing…...Read Full Article

  • Franco’s Pizza And Pasta In A Place That Feels Like Home

    The Newtown Bee
    Restaurants
    July 13, 2018, Friday
    AS_ Franco's_ Marcio Dos Santos, Elizabeth Siemon, and Sophia holding pizza_Fotor

    Step into Franco’s Pizza & Pasta at Sand Hill Plaza in Newtown and be greeted not only by the mouth-watering aroma of homemade sauce and pizzas hot from the oven, but the sincere hospitality of the staff, many of whom are local young people, as well as wife and husband team Elizabeth Siemon and Marcio…...Read Full Article