Generous residents filled the community room below the United Methodist Church Friday, November 22 with donated canned goods and items intended to get to as many as 81 families in need during the holidays. Through the Women Interested in Newtown (WIN) basket program, members and high school students volunteered to prepared goods for delivery that afternoon. Co-coordinators Mandy Monaco and Cyndy DaSilva, in an appeal to residents recently for more support as donations had been low this year, glanced around the bustling room, pleased that calls to help had come. “Newtown came through as it always does,” Ms DaSilva said.
This is the 13th installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town. This time, meet the employees of Engineered Tax Services, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., who have adopted a local elementary school and have promised to offer positive programs on a monthly basis.
A “Plunge For Sandy Hook” event has been set for Sunday, December 8, at Lake Compounce in Bristol, to raise money for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund, which was established following the events of 12/14 to support the families who lost loved ones that day, according to its fundraising site. Sean Cummings and Molly Goodine came together to create the event. Neither Mr Cummings nor Ms Goodine live in Newtown, but both said this week that they wanted to do something to continue helping the families one year after the event...
"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change," by Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts, ran for over 5,000 performances off Broadway, making it the second longest running show there ever. After seeing the version currently on stage at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, I could only wish that they could keep it going at least until New Year’s. It is that good a production, of a hilarious, rollicking, ultimately touching examination of human relationships.
If a woman says she wants new shoes, it means she wants a new job. If she says she wants a new house, it means she wants a new husband. But if she says she wants a new car, it means she wants a new life. This is the message that Maria de Vries, as the slightly daffy but clearly likeable Becky Foster, delivers in Steven Dietz’s slightly daffy but clearly likeable play, "Becky’s New Car," currently in production at Ridgefield Theater Barn until December 7. The show offers an entertaining evening, a feel-good play for the holiday season, and, as usual, the Ridgefield Theater Barn — in this case smoothly directed by Sherry Asch — gives it great mileage.
It is the law of supply and demand. The value of a commodity increases with its scarcity. So the increasing scarcity of light these days has made it silver and gold… deepening to violet and magenta at the margins of the day, when we travel to and from work in synchrony, for a few weeks, with the sun’s own daily commute.
In November, when the landscape drops its modesty along with its veil of leaves, nature dims the lights in a deft bit of physics and stagecraft as the woodlands bare all.
The brown marmorated stink bug is flying, crawling, and piggy-backing its way into Fairfield County. The bark-colored, shield-shaped bug from Asia, about one-inch in length with long, segmented antennae, was first identified in Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, it has made its way into at least 30 other states, where it spends the spring and summer months feasting on — and heavily damaging — fruit and vegetable crops. What makes it particularly pesty, as its numbers increase in an area, is its penchant for moving indoors during the cool months of September and October. While the stink bug does not damage homes as it overwinters, it will dart about, its little wings thrumming. Multiple invaders can be disturbingly disruptive.