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  • Concert Preview: Country Gentleman Phil Vassar Courting Local Fans For Pre-Valentine's Day Show

    RIDGEFIELD — If you couldn’t guess it from his hit country songs and videos, Phil Vassar really, really loves summertime. But during a recent interview with The Newtown Bee ahead of a February 12 concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Vassar called in quite content while watching his two children frolicking through a layer of icy snow that had just blanketed his Nashville, Tennessee neighborhood.

  • The Way We Were

    February 1, 1991

  • Snapshot: Chuck Mindenhall


    Occupation: I’m a senior writer at SB Nation/MMA Fighting. It’s the leading website of mixed martial arts. I’ve been there since 2013. Before that, I was at ESPN. There, I was a columnist for ESPN.com, and an on-air analyst for MMA Live on ESPN2. I’ve been in journalism for nearly 20 years.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    It took the weather stations some doing, but they were finally able last Saturday to nail the season’s first storm down to between nothing and a foot. I guess they were accurate, if you take the entire state into account. One of our Bee workers floundered around in a foot of snow in Stamford, while Newtown/Sandy Hook experienced only about half that amount by the time the white stuff quit falling. It was enough, however, to get eager cross-country skiers and snowshoers out onto the town’s open spaces and trails.

  • Theater Review: Latest ‘Evening Of One-Acts’ Maintains Theater Barn’s Devotion To Honoring Local Talent

    RIDGEFIELD — A evening of thoroughly entertaining, light hearted theater fare is on the menu at Ridgefield Theater Barn.

    Presenting original works from mostly local playwrights, nine comedies are given center stage in the company’s sixth annual presentation of “An Evening of One-Acts.” Without a serious note among them, audiences can expect a rollicking good time, enhanced by the food and drink permitted and encouraged in the cabaret atmosphere.

  • Senior Citizens Invited To Dinner And Game At NHS

    Olyvia Shaw goes up for the ball among a group of Bunnell defenders during Newtown's 65-34 win on the road on January 22. The Nighthawks will be home on Tuesday, February 9, to play Masuk of Monroe at 7 pm. Residents 65 and older are invited to the game and for a free dinner provided by Newtown High School’s Culinary Department at 5:45 pm.

  • Library Focus Groups Seek Input For The Future

    Public focus groups held Wednesday, January 27, started the process of discovery for C.H. Booth Library. The library is seeking input for long-range planning, scheduling a series of forums facilitated by Maxine Bleiweis of MB&A, a library innovation consulting firm out of Bridgeport, and her associate, Erica Byrne.

    Ms Bleiweis is a former library director with more than 25 years of experience in the library field.

  • New Children’s Book Features NHS Grad’s Artwork

    Flying high above a town and clutching a girl in its claws is a dragon with batlike wings and a long tail. In its mouth is one end of a long, swirling ribbon. The image is cover art for The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice, released earlier this month by Random House imprint Alfred A. Knopf.

    Newtown High School Class of 2009 graduate Jensine Eckwall did the cover and inside illustrations for the book by Andrew S. Chilton.

  • Recycling Opportunities In Newtown

    One of the newest recycling opportunities being offered to Newtown residents is a free organics recycling program. Food scraps, flower and houseplants, and fruits including pits are all among the list of accepted items in the new program. Only the compostable bags provided to participants should be used, however, and they should not be sealed or tied shut. The program is one of many free recycling opportunities residents have available. 

  • Local Pet Sensations Enjoy Another "Fun Experience"

    Ron Kroha's  springer spaniels Hope and Rosey continue to bring unexpected joy to him and those who have found the pair online.

    The dogs were introduced to the world in 2013, when Mr Kroha posted a video of them on YouTube video. That 34-second video caught the eye recently of someone at The CW Network, and received nomination for a Performing Pups category on a CWTV special, World Dog Awards. The segment aired locally on WPIX and WCCT-TV on Thursday, January 14, part of a special program hosted by George Lopez.