New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge is shown last week in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Another Sandy relief convoy to leave for Red Hook, Brooklyn

For New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge, one trip to the darkness and devastation of Red Hook, Brooklyn, wasn’t nearly enough last week. So Hodge and his army of volunteers will make another

Tickets still available for Sunday’s Paul Baker party in Danbury

Hi everyone, For generations of Danbury families, Paul Baker was the voice of their city, the man who immortalized their kids on the basketball court, the baseball diamond or the football field.

Danbury pastor turns tragedy into triumph

Hi everyone, There wasn’t room in the newspaper last week for a box about Friday night’s gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of His Vineyard Christian Fellowship and the church’s co-pastors, Gary

When band organs pushed painted horses

Hi everyone, It’s the soundtrack of a bygone era, a time when carousel music pushed painted horses in summer circles at state fairs and amusement parks all over the country. Listen here for

Epilogue: Basement church inspires leadership program

Hi everyone, In Sunday’s print edition of The News-Times, I wrote a column about Tujuanna Allen, a Danbury woman who wants to start an arts-based leadership program for teenage girls. I’ve included an

Update: Danbury fundraiser for Colorado victims halfway there

Hi everyone, Kevin Awalt is halfway there. Awalt, the owner of Gotham Auto Works on South Street in Danbury, said Tuesday he’s sold 150 of his Batman T-shirts to raise money for the Colorado

A wing and a prayer for Aurora

Hi everyone, As a kid growing up in Somers, N.Y., not all that far from Danbury, Kevin Awalt loved running around the yard in his homemade Batman costume. “My mom cut out cardboard masks for my sister

The day my son became a man

Hi everyone, I don’t remember the exact day I became a man, but I’ll never forget the day my son, Taylor, did. It was last Saturday at Temple Beth Elohim in Brewster, N.Y. After months of planning —