A new ASAP-Pilobolus program, this time inviting current RIS students to meet and learn with fifth and sixth graders from Regional District 15 (Southbury and Middlebury), and sponsored by Washington (Conn.)-based After School Arts Program (ASAP) begins December 2. Members of the world renowned dance company Pilobolus will join local students in grades 5-6 for the project. Classes will meet most Wednesdays until February 17, and will alternate between Newtown and Southbury. A pair of public performances are planned for February 19-20 in Southbury.
The next free monthly networking breakfast event hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown will be on Wednesday, December 9, from 8 to 9 am. Guest speakers Brenda McKinley and Andy McCulloch, from C.H. Booth Library, will present "It's Not Just Business As Usual at Your Library.” There is no charge to attend the event.
Runners and walkers got Thanksgiving off to an early start as they participated in the 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library, on November 26. Newtown’s Zach Schwartz was the first to complete the course, which started at Hawley Elementary School – at 7:45 am and in high 30-degree temperatures – and ended at Newtown Middle School. Schwartz, who was third last year and won the race in 2013, finished in a time of 15:47.
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. The cast of canines includes more than 1,700 dogs who vied for that best of breed win to make it to the broadcast. I won’t be a spoiler and tell you who won Best In Show since the show was taped two weeks ago, but I will tell you that new this year will be the charming commentary from Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as reporters and digital contributors. And speaking of digital, Purina is inviting dog owners to log on to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share why they are so thankful for their dog this Thanksgiving season. For every post through November 29 that includes @Purina and #dogthanking, Purina will donate $1 to the AKC Canine Health Foundation — up to $75,000 — to further pet health research.
Newtown High School’s football team – Ben Mason specifically – feasted on host Masuk of Monroe for a 40-8 triumph in the annual Thanksgiving Eve battle, on November 25. Mason scored five of the visiting team’s six touchdowns. With the win, the Nighthawks improved to 9-1 and it appears have earned a Class LL state playoff quarterfinal round home game (seedings will be announced on Friday, November 27). Masuk finishes the season with a mark of 6-4.
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.” That wait, which he said, on average, is more than three years for the more than 100,000 people in the United States in need of a kidney transplant, came to an end Tuesday, November 10, when a Manchester woman underwent surgery, donating a healthy kidney to Mr Ferris.
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