• Snapshot: Stacey Olszewski

    Occupation: It’s a little hard to explain all I do. I’m a folk artist, and Old Green Road is my folk art business. I’m also an event promoter through my business, Piper Promotions, and City Center Danbury. I do property management with Nolan Enterprises, as well. I have a lot of angles to what I do, and they are all kind of related.

    Family: My husband John and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary. We have three kids, Brian, Daniel, and Megan.

  • The Way We Were

    October 12, 1990

    The parking lot at Sand Hill Plaza was crowded both with cars and work equipment this week. While curious shoppers investigated the new plaza, workmen went about their business putting the shopping center in order for its grand opening the weekend of November 10. On Monday, only three of 30 stores were open — T.J. Maxx, Joy’s Hallmark, and the Book Review — but each had customers in them.


  • Music Festival, Mountain Biking At McLaughlin Vineyard, October 9-11

    A three-day music festival and mountain bike racing this weekend will bring a series of bands and activity to the fields and trails surrounding a vineyard tucked away on Alberts Hill Road. This is the second year that the Shuck N Jive music event will accompany the Grapes of Wrath mountain bike race, which started six years ago.

    Coordinator Terrence Ford calls the event “a platform for pure enjoyment.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    According to a Facebook post by Barbara Kraushaar at We Are Newtown, this past weekend, Ricci’s Salon stylists Leah and Taylor collected $500 for a Starbucks card, then contacted the Starbucks in Roseburg, Ore., and asked them to put it toward treating customers there, until it runs out. It’s their way of paying it forward, responding to the many ways that Newtown and Sandy Hook residents were graciously treated in the weeks following 12/14. Roseburg, I’m sure you’re aware, suffered a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, Thursday, October 1.

  • Western CT Police K-9 Challenge Event Benefits Horse Guard

    The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge.

  • Rocker Joe Walsh Barnstorming Into Mohegan Sun October 16

    UNCASVILLE — The last time I had the opportunity to interview rocker and guitar phenom Joe Walsh, our conversation which obviously dwelled heavily on music, ended with a heartfelt plea by the artist.

    Then celebrating nearly 13 years clean and sober himself, Walsh appealed to those grappling with alcohol or substance abuse to get the help they needed to get sober and stick to it.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Jack The Manchester Terrier, A Member Of Teddy Roosevelt’s Family

    On a recent trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., I went looking for a piece of my family history. In the process I discovered the depth of pet ownership of President Theodore Roosevelt at his family home.

  • Theater Review: A Vortex Of Action At TheatreWorks New Milford

    Hal Chernoff as Jack/Maxine and Carey Van Hollen as Meg, during a recent dress rehearsal for Leading Ladies at TheatreWorks New Milford. Performances continue weekends through October 10.

  • Melissa Etheridge Wants To Get Intimate With You... At Solo Shows Monday, Tuesday

    As a lifelong 12-string guitar player, I still recall the day back in 1988 when the first few jangling chords of "Like the Way I Do" came ripping out of the radio, followed by the plaintive, powerful voice of an aspiring singer-songwriter named Melissa Etheridge. 

    While I couldn't really put my finger on exactly what it was that had such intense and immediate appeal, I was far from alone as Etheridge went on to win a Grammy the following year for "Bring Me Some Water," another hit from her self-titled debut. 

  • New Book Celebrates Dogs Who Gave Quiet Comfort To Many Of Newtown’s Young Residents

    When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs.

    At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to The Dogs of Newtown.