In response to the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on October 1, which took the lives of ten people including the shooter, President Barack Obama on October 2 ordered United States flags to be lowered to half-staff. Flags are to remain lowered until sunset October 6. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy followed suit, saying that state flags in will also be lowered until sunset Tuesday.
Newtown High School’s football team, on the strength of a 29-point third quarter, rolled past the visiting Bethel Wildcats 42-0, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 2. The game was played in chilly and wet conditions, as rain fell, hard at times, throughout the evening in which temperatures were in the 40s. After a sloppy first half in which only one touchdown was scored – a Hunter Cobb TD run for a 6-0 lead (the extra point was no good) – the Nighthawks put together a wild, four-score third quarter.
In their fight against breast cancer, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends have kicked off their third annual fundraising campaign to “Tie The Town Pink.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHSS effort includes hanging large handmade pink bows throughout the community and as a special gesture to friends and family affected by the disease. Each ribbon represents a $15 donation toward local cancer-related services. The SHSS will make a donation to Ann’s Place of Danbury, a community-based cancer support center, this year. Supporters can make a donation toward a ribbon through the group's Eventbrite page, or they can make an in-person donation during the 5th Annual Passport To Sandy Hook next weekend.
When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs. At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to "The Dogs of Newtown." Written by the older brother of one of the children killed on 12/14, the book — which was released on Amazon.com September 29 — shares short stories about some of Guy A. Bacon’s favorite comfort dogs. The young man definitely followed the first rule of writing when he began working on this project: He wrote what he knew about. "The Dogs of Newtown" is a celebration of many of the dogs that visited his school, “some of the most special therapy dogs that visited me and my friends at school and helped lick the tears away from our faces,” Guy wrote as part of the book’s introduction.
Newtown resident Peter D’Amico, a distinguished businessman and community activist, has been named the 2015 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut State University. He will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, October 7, at The Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury. “Peter was selected because of his business success and his great commitment to Newtown and its youth,” said Dr David Martin, dean of the Ancell School of Business. “He is one of the people who step up when the community has a need. He figures out how to get the job done — the true mark of an entrepreneur.”
The year she turned 30, Lisa A. Phillips fell in love with an unavailable man. At first her feelings gave her hope and pleasure. But he didn’t respond to her increasingly persistent efforts, and something inside her shifted. Her unrequited love obsessive, transforming her — a stable, accomplished professional — into someone unrecognizable and driving her to a very dark place. Years later, a fully healed Phillips set out to understand the one-sided fixation that had overtaken her so completely. Her new book, "Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession," examines the perils and power of obsessive love in women.
The Newtown native will return to the location of her first job — C.H. Booth Library — for a reading and program on Tuesday, October 6.
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