Take On Life

Brian Koonz on life in Greater Danbury

Greater Danbury arts group works to paint a dream

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Hi everyone, In the vernacular of her mission, Lisa Scails sees a blank canvas when she looks at downtown Danbury. Sure, the edges of the canvas might be a little frayed. There might even be a soiled spot here and there. But the big picture — the picture that Scails sees every time she closes […] [Read More]
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New Milford woman speaks out for ‘Voice for Joanie’

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Hi everyone, Shirley Fredlund never met Lou Gehrig, the late New York Yankees star first baseman. And yet, the bond she feels with Gehrig, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1941, is unmistakable — in the worst possible way. For many people, Gehrig is the face of ALS, the terminal neuromuscular disease that bears […] [Read More]
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A father sends his heart to Afghanistan, again

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Hi everyone, Bill Tinsley held onto Sunday night’s goodbye at Bradley International Airport until a flight back to harm’s way pulled his son from his arms. Just like that, with a wave and a prayer, U.S. Army Ranger Patrick Tinsley was gone, headed to Afghanistan to serve his country in the war on terror. “My […] [Read More]
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A rabbi, a pastor and the National League Central

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Hi everyone, So a pastor from Kensington walks into a Danbury synagogue…. No, really. That’s how this story starts. On Friday night, Pastor Rick McKinniss of Wellspring Church in Kensington will speak at the United Jewish Center at the invitation of Rabbi Clifford Librach. McKinniss will address the Deer Hill Avenue congregation at 7:30. But […] [Read More]
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New Fairfield group embraces — not erases — diversity

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Hi everyone, One by one, the intricate paper cranes have turned the lobby of New Fairfield High School into a Technicolor display of kindness, hope and adolescent solidarity. These small paper prayers, all made by hand, are dedicated to the Japanese relief effort. Kids from the school’s world language clubs created the cranes — 1,000 […] [Read More]
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Troque: A (game) piece of Newtown’s past

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Hi everyone, I blame Dan Cruson. Just about a month ago, The News-Times published a collection of stories about Greater Danbury neighborhoods with curious names, including the Dodgingtown section of Newtown. As part of my research, I turned to Cruson’s wonderful book, “A Mosaic of Newtown History.” Cruson, as you might know, is the town […] [Read More]
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Danbury, Connecticut Film Festival need each other

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Hi everyone, Emily Beck remembers when Fargo — the city, not the movie — “wasn’t necessarily the best place to go” for a good time. “Let’s just say that downtown wasn’t the place to be,” said Beck, the festival programmer for the Fargo Film Festival. “But now it is.” This is not to say downtown […] [Read More]
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Danbury barber hangs up shears after 60 years

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Hi everyone, Manny Botelho’s first barber shop on South Street in Danbury stood where the Dunkin’ Donuts now pumps out coffee and crullers two doors down. For the man with the skilled hands and the easy smile, it didn’t take long before he outgrew that little shop. So Manny and his wife, Grace, pooled their […] [Read More]
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Breakfast fundraiser in Brewster for injured U.S. Marine

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Hi everyone, Steve Mattson has never met Lance Cpl. John G. Curtin, the 21-year-old U.S. Marine who lost both legs below the knee and suffered other injuries Feb. 15 when a bomb exploded in Afghanistan. But Mattson, the senior vice commander of VFW Post No. 672 in Brewster, N.Y. — and a former Marine — […] [Read More]
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Email breach hits Greater Danbury and the rest of the country

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Hi everyone, I had never heard of Epsilon Data Management, a Dallas-based marketing company, before I opened my email folder last weekend. For all I knew, Epsilon was simply the fifth letter in the Greek alphabet, or maybe, one third of the letters nailed on a fraternity house. Shows how much I know. In fact, […] [Read More]
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