Yoga, Snowflakes, A Night Out: How You Can Help Sandy Hook

By Amanda Bloom

  The great support shown to the Newtown community within the last few days has been nothing short of remarkable.  Numerous funds have been set up, music and art shows are being organized, t-shirts have been designed, and boatloads of stuffed animals have been donated…. Read more »

St. Rose of Lima Church vigil in Newtown. Photo by Jim Dietter.

Health & Humanity News

Why Wall Street Bankers Won’t Go to Jail

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom As we near the one month mark in the now international anti-corporate greed movement known as “Occupy Wall Street”, many protestors are calling for the arrest of the “bad bankers” behind the economic fallout. Protestors who march on roadways without permission will… Read more »

When Was the Last Time You Were This Happy?

Amanda Bloom

  Just hearing the audio from this video by expeditioner Aleksander Gamme made me smile and laugh out loud.  Gamme and the story behind this video was featured on an episode of RadioLab back last winter; the episode is titled “Bliss.”   The video is… Read more »

What a Wunderful Class

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom “In the mid-16th century, Wunderkammern, so-called cabinets of curiosity, began to appear in Europe. The objects contained in these sometimes beautiful collections included works of art, fossils, unusual biological specimens and reputedly mythological objects, such as horns of unicorns (later revealed to… Read more »

Body & Soul

The Real Life Survival Guide: Stuff

Duo Dickinson

  Words have meanings. “Stuff” is both verb and noun, and both its uses have a generically unpleasant sensibility.   Beloved icons of past eras are neither “stuff,” nor do we “stuff” them anywhere. But the last 50 years have created more stuffed stuff than… Read more »

Rise Up to Violence Against Women on Valentine’s Day

The Mercurial Gallery

  At 12:35pm on February 14, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) will join with activists around the world for ‘One Billion Rising’,  the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls founded by… Read more »

Revitalize Mind and Body in the Shower Daily

Lindsay Chimileski

  Although it has become just part of the routine, showering has the potential to be not only an enjoyable and invigorating treat, but also a revitalizing therapy. By simply alternating the faucets, you can boost your immune system, increase metabolism, enliven healthy circulation of… Read more »



Soap, The Savior

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES and deter the cholera outbreak in Haiti, Western Connecticut State University’s Biology Club is conducting a soap drive through Friday, December 17.  The club’s Vice President, Amanda Castonguay, came up with the idea after learning from… Read more »

Newtown Group Sends Care to Overseas Troops

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom AN OUTREACH to overseas American troops that started in a local second grade classroom has expanded to several school districts, organizations and corporations. Valentines for Troops, a group based in Newtown, Connecticut, sent over 3300 letters to 2200 overseas troops last year… Read more »


Public Input Sought on Connecticut Utilities’ Sandy Response


  The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced Friday that it has opened a formal docket to review the performance of Connecticut’s electric distribution companies and other public service companies in preparing for and responding to Storm Sandy.  Otherwise known as Governor Malloy’s Storm Legislation,… Read more »

Panel: Social Media’s Role In Breaking News Is A Mixed Bag

Megan Merrigan

  Reporters, professors, and Lt. Paul Vance gathered at the University of Connecticut two weeks ago to discuss the role of accuracy, respect, and social media in the coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   The timing of the panel couldn’t have been… Read more »