• The Top of the Mountain

    Ahh, now that Thanksgiving dinner is under control, I can turn my attention to the upcoming holidays. Check out the Newtown Bee Calendar page, because there is so much in the works, I can’t even begin to list it here. I do want to remind you about the Shop Local campaign on Saturday. We have so many great stores right here in Newtown and Sandy Hook. You don’t have to wander very far to fulfill your holiday shopping list.

  • Snapshot: Denise Rodriguez

    Occupation: I’m a paraeducator at Middle Gate School. This January I’ll have been there for ten years. I started out in the reading department, for two or three years, and then there was an opening in kindergarten and I’ve been there since. I fill in wherever I’m need, though. Before kids, I worked in marketing at Pitney Bowes.

  • ‘A Selfless Gift’ Makes Donor Recipient Truly Thankful

    There are always many reasons to give thanks this time of the year. Newtown resident Fred Ferris has been grateful, the past two Thanksgivings, for the gift of dialysis.

    “I was always grateful for dialysis, because it allowed me to live,” Mr Ferris said. Diagnosed in 2010 with stage four kidney disease, related to type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and on the national list for a kidney transplant since 2013, he thought then that he was “in for the long haul.”

  • Lisa Unleashed: The National Dog Show — A Thanksgiving Tradition

    At first it was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that lured us to NBC on the holiday morning. Then in 2002 the National Dog Show Presented by Purina premiered — a modern television treatment of a traditional sporting event starring purebred dogs.

    Dog lovers can either tune in to watch John O’Hurley, David Frei, the voice of Westminster and NBC’s Mary Carillo talk dogs on Thursday, November 26, at noon, after the parade, or catch the rebroadcast on Friday, November 27 8 pm.

  • New Trees Offer ‘A Place Of Quiet Reflection’

    A path worn by many passing feet leads to a large stone. Take a left.

    From there, rows of newly planted native crab apple trees reach across Nettleton Preserve — a Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property. They stand amid remnants of an existing orchard chocked by invasives and overgrowth.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Lost Dog — Experience Keeps Our Pets Home

    Anyone who has ever owned a dog has most likely lost it — even if just for a few minutes — and felt that pang of panic. How did they get out? Where did they go? How will I find him? Dogs are lost in a variety of ways. Most of them escape from their home or yard enclosure when their owners aren’t looking. Some are lost accidentally by others or stolen, but most just escape. The more they escape, the more you become uber vigilant about keeping those escape artists home.

  • Nourishments: The Glory Of Side Dishes

    On one of our first Thanksgivings as a married couple, my husband and I decided to host his parents for the holiday. The thing is, we were pretty strict vegetarians at the time, and there was no way a turkey was going to grace the table. We rationalized that if need be, we would be able to catch a fish, so we settled on grilling a whole salmon for the Thanksgiving Day feast.

  • Snapshot: Linda Uhde

    Occupation: I have been the assistant administrator for Nunnawauk Meadows for over three years. Working with the staff is wonderful, and I admire their helpfulness and dedication to the facility. I enjoy assisting and interacting with the residents there.

    Family: My husband, Steve, an engineer, and I have been married for 18 years. We were friends through school, especially through band. We have a 10-year-old son, Adam, who is a fifth grader at Reed Intermediate School.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There are always plenty of opportunities to be part of the generous spirit of Newtown, and that holds even more truth as the holidays draw nearer.

  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were


    November 23, 1990