Son of Hollywood legend to discuss his mother’s career

Frances Dee may well be the most beautiful, talented actress that you never heard of from Hollywood’s golden age. She was considered for the roles of both Scarlett and Melanie in “Gone With the Wind.”   During the 1930s, ’40s and into the ’50s, Dee had an active career, co-starring in dozens of movies with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Joan Bennett, Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Howard, Irene Dunne, and Lionel Barrymore, to name a few. She also appeared opposite her husband of 57 years, Joel McCrea, in several classic films.  Late in life, James … Read more

Kennedy Center dedicates building to retiring CEO

For 39 years, Martin D. Schwartz’s presence has loomed over The Kennedy Center, as its first president and CEO. Now, with his retirement nearing, the Kennedy Center board is making sure his name remains connected with the center, as the agency’s Trumbull headquarters was named after him in a Monday morning ceremony attended by dozens of staff members, volunteers, clients, and elected officials from throughout the region. “All our board members felt it was fitting to commemorate Marty’s many achievements and dedicate the Reservoir Avenue headquarters in his honor,” said Kennedy Center board Chairman Michele Macauda of Monroe. “He has … Read more

Quinnipiac University students visit Probate Court

Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal students visit the Trumbull Probate Court.

The Trumbull Probate Court recently hosted the members of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Probate Journal during a day of hearings held in the courtroom at Trumbull Town Hall. T.R. Rowe is judge of the District of Trumbull Probate Court, which includes the towns of Easton, Monroe and Trumbull. He wanted to build on the success of last year’s visit and has made the day an annual tradition. It is an opportunity for Probate Law Journal members to gain real-life experience of the legal issues they typically deal with only in a law school setting. The members reached out … Read more

LETTER: Garden Club thanks community

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The Easton Garden Club would like to thank everyone who purchased a wreath and/or poinsettia or white pine roping during our Annual Sale.  The proceeds from this sale provides gorgeous holiday poinsettias to some of our Easton senior citizens and beautiful wreaths for our many municipal buildings.  As you drive around town, please take a moment to admire the wreaths decorating Town Hall, the police station, the library, the Senior Center, the Easton Community Center, EMS, Easton Park and Recreation Department, the Easton Fire Department, the Adams School House, the Bradley Hubble Garden, and the Animal Shelter. … Read more

HAN Network’s cartoonist exhibits at library

HAN Network cartoonist Doug Smith.

The work of HAN Network’s editorial cartoonist, Doug Smith, will be on display at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, through Feb. 14. A reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. He will make a presentation at the library on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Smith hosts a weekly segment on HAN Network’s podcast Connecticut Pulse, called Drawing Conclusions.

LETTER: State employee unions ‘continue to bleed us dry’

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: In your recent article First Selectman Adam Dunsby is quoted as saying that Joe Aresimowicz, Democrat speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, “is an AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) member.” He’s not just an AFSCME member, Mr. Dunsby, he is a very highly paid employee of AFSCME. It’s no wonder that “Union Joe” Aresimowicz and his Democrat colleagues recently gave our state employee unions an irresponsibly lucrative deal that lasts until 2027 and includes no layoffs for four years. It is reprehensible that Aresimowicz was allowed to obtain the most powerful position … Read more

Classic movie series coming to the library

The Easton Public Library. — Archive Photo by Nancy Doniger

The Winter/Spring Classic Movie Series at the Easton Public Library begins on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. with the cult classic movie from 1943, I Walked With a Zombie, directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Frances Dee.    In tribute to Dee, there will be a special presentation by her son, Peter McCrea. The film series continues on Wednesday, March 14, with the Howard Hawks 1939 masterpiece, Only Angels Have Wings, with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur.   On Wednesday, April 18, the film series concludes with a Howard Hawks comedy from 1952, Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant and … Read more

Events at the Easton Public Library

The Easton Public Library. — Archive Photo by Nancy Doniger

The Easton Public Library is located at 691 Morehouse Road. Please note the library’s new hours: Monday, 10 to 6 Tuesday, 10 to 6, Wednesday, 10 to 6, Thursday, 10 to 8, Friday, 10 to 5, and Saturday, 10 to 3. Closed Sunday. Call 203-261-0134 or visit for more information and to register. The following comes from the library: Monday, Jan. 8 4:15 p.m. — Junior Book Club (Grades 4-5). Join us to discuss the book: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Copies of the book are available at Easton Public Library. Snacks will be served! Registration is suggested. Tuesday, Jan. … Read more

Democratic Town Committee to hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Easton Public Library. The purpose of the caucus is to select party-endorsed candidates for the town committee. Nominations will be accepted between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Voting, if necessary, will begin at 8 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the Easton Democratic Town Committee may attend the caucus or send an application with a proxy. Applications may be obtained by emailing Adam Halberg, [email protected] The primary date for the election of town committee members is March 6.

Midterm study nights at the library

The Easton Public Library. — Archive Photo by Nancy Doniger

The Easton Public Library will be open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11,, Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Wednesday, Jan.  17, to help Joel Barlow High School students prepare for their midterm exams. Food will be provided. “We’re pleased to be offering this opportunity to the students,” Mary Beth Rassulo, assistant director/head of youth services, said. “Midterms can be a stressful time for all involved, and we can help alleviate that during exam week with longer hours, food, and a comfortable place to study.” Library staff asks students to register for each night so they can determine how much food … Read more

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