The seeds I try to get into the ground earliest in the spring, are my peas. Even when the ground is too cold for other crops, a little digging around loosens the soil enough so that peas can be dropped into the holes, with visions of pea plants and the coming harvest dancing in my head. Usually, this takes place towards the end of March, but this year, my garden was still covered in about two feet of snow all that month. April was slow to warm up and melt away the ice from the raised beds, and a few other spring distractions meant that it was nearly May Day before my first ritual of spring took place.
For this year’s Relay For Life Honorary Caregiver Jack Nahmias and his children Megan and Jonathan, it is about honoring their wife and mom, while attempting to express their immense gratitude to family members and the entire community for the support they received as Debbie Nahmias battled angiosarcoma. And ssince her 2008 diagnosis with thyroid cancer at age 21, the Relay’s Honorary Survivor Lauren Pade has also sought ways to express thanks and appreciation to family members, friends, and the nurses who not only cared for her, but also inspired her to switch from a planned career in the business world to becoming an RN herself. Both discussed their experiences ahead of this year's Relay event set for June 13 at Newtown High School's Blue & Gold Stadium.
TheatreWorks New Milford’s production of "Souvenir" is awesome. A night at the theatre I will not soon forget. Written by Stephen Temperley, this comedy with music is immensely entertaining while covering all of the emotional bases. The direction of Ms Osborne takes full advantage of the enormous talent in her cast. She has made clean choices and used a simple elegant set, designed by Scott Wyshynski and Richard Pettibone, to showcase actors Priscilla Squiers as the kind-hearted but tone-deaf singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Greg Chrzczon as her charming accompanist and friend Cosme McMoon.
It was an afternoon of lunching, Bingo, and a special Mother’s Day Tea at the Newtown Senior Center, Wednesday, May 6. Nearly 30 women wearing festive springtime hats — and a few men — laughed and visited over a teatime selection of baked goods and hot tea.
Most all who sported hats were proud to note that they had created them. Rose Cipolla made her rose-covered cap the night before. “I have lots of hats. I love to wear them,” said Ms Cipolla.
Claire Theune created a simple bow-adorned headband for the party, and had encouraged Paula Catalano to do the same. Ms Catalano heeded the suggestion, coming up with a delicate floral headband.
Dottie Dellapiano reached into the shopping cart for her hat, weaving a pink fedora out of plastic bags.
With this autumn marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — and May 7 the anniversary of the unconditional surrender by the German Allied Forces, the beginning of the end of the war — The Newtown Bee reached out to local veterans with an invitation to share their stories. Ken Stroud’s memories of the end of the war in Europe are quite different from other World War II veterans. The St Rose deacon emeritus and former Royal Air Force soldier had been a Japanese prisoner of war for more than three years on May 7, 1945, when General Alfred Jodl, chief of staff of the German Armed Forces High Command, signed the unconditional surrender documents for all German forces to the Allies. Dr Irving Freedman's patriotism stems from his experiences in World War II, when he was a member of the six-man US Army 19th Ordinance Bomb Disposal Squad. And Margaret Brokaw may not be able to remember a recent telephone number, but there is one thing the 95-year-old former Army nurse does remember: her Army serial number.