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  • Snapshot: Karen Smiley

    Occupation: I am the interim executive director for EverWonder Children’s Museum on Pecks Lane. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, and a volunteer at EverWonder for four years, before this.

    Family: My husband, David, and I have a daughter, Lauren, who is 9 years old, and a son, Andrew, who is 5.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Willow. She’s just over a year old and still kind of crazy. She’s an energetic little pup.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • Catherine’s Butterfly Party Will Celebrate The Love Of All Creatures

    The public is invited to Catherine’s Butterfly Party, Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 pm, at the Fairfield Hills Campus, 4 Primrose Street. A program of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, the event will include a Super Adoption Event, as well as animal- and nature-centered programs, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. The party is intended for all ages.

  • NCCB To Offer Two Father's Day Performances Of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

    Victoria Madden, who is playing Princess Aurora/The Sleeping Beauty, for the upcoming special performances of Sleeping Beauty is surrounded during a recent rehearsal by fairies: from left, Elizabeth Delp (playing Fairy of the Crystal Fountain), Vianna Schappach (Fairy of the Songbirds), Katerina Ringes (Fairy of the Enchanted Garden), Monique Dubois (Fairy of the Woodland Glade), and Riley Smith (Fairy of the Golden Vine).

  • New Grilling Cookbook Includes Recipe, Military Story From Newtown

    The Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson have debuted a new cookbook, The Grilling for Heroes Cookbook: Sizzling Recipes for Your Propane Grill, to raise money for wounded veterans. 

  • Matt Schofield Planting Diverse Blues Roots In Ridgefield June 10

    RIDGEFIELD — In an interview ahead of his Ridgefield Playhouse show June 10, highly respected and award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield said after nearly 25 years in the business, it’s still incomprehensible when he is aligned beside fellow British players like Eric Clapton and Peter Green

    But all humility aside, Schofield told The Newtown Bee he is excited to be able to thrill true blues fans and newcomers alike, exposing his audiences to the “irreplaceable joy of live music."

  • Town Pool & Beach Open This Weekend

    The pool at Newtown High School, which is open on a limited schedule for public use, has closed for the season.

    In place of the indoor swimming option, however, Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that Treadwell Pool and Eichler’s Cove Beach will both open for the season on Saturday, May 23.

    The pool, located within the park at 39 Philo Curtis Road, and the beach, at the end of Old Bridge Road, share the same hours all season.

  • The Way We Were

    May 25, 1990

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Congratulations to the “Sandy Hook Fredericks Clan.” Sawyer Fredericks, nephew of Bonnie Fredericks, owner of Sandy Hook Hair Co, was named the new champion on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night. Bonnie hosted a number of The Voice viewing parties this past season, in support of him, at the VFW. Sawyer spent his early years here in Newtown, in case you want to puff up with a little pride. I’m sure all of his local relatives and friends are already doing so!

  • Snapshot: Joan Bartollotta

    Occupation: I am a clerk at Queen Street Cleaners, in the Big Y plaza. I’ve been working here for about ten years. I was as dog groomer for 23 years. It was dirty work, but I loved those animals.

    Family: My son, Joseph, was a Danbury Police Officer for 15 years. He is married to Brenda. I have three grandchildren, Jonah, 20; Raquel, 18; and David, 16. I have an older brother in North Carolina, too.