Supermarket shelves swept clear of basic food items. Schools and businesses closed. Travel banned. It is the Storm of the Century — and it happens at least once each winter season. Modern technology keeps the public informed about every nuance in the weather. If a storm is in the making, there is a rush to stockpile necessities and a flurry of cancellations and postponements. When Snowpocalypse does strike, warnings keep us one step ahead of big and small disasters. Then we complain about the inconveniences of working from home, lapses in electricity, rescheduled appointments, truncated train schedules, or having to watch movies from our cozy couches and sip hot chocolate while the cold winds swirl around us. What did our predecessors do, though, when winter dumped feet of snow onto the land?
The Newtown Torpedoes youth swim program, sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation, held its second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School on January 31. Dozens of swimmers in three age groups – 8 and unders, 9-10-year-olds, and 11 and overs – combined to complete consecutive laps during the four-hour event at the Newtown High School pool. Swimmers are raising money through donations and pledges for the Newtown Scholarship Association to support The Daniel Barden Newtown Torpedo Scholarship, as well as go toward present and future needs of the team. Student volunteers helped set up the lanes and track laps completed by the Torpedoes swimmers while cheering them on. Among those on hand to donate their time were Newtown High swimmers who came up through the Torpedoes program. “It’s a good program and we wanted to help out because we started with the Torpedoes,” said Newtown High senior Eliza Eggleston.
“The North Wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, and what will poor robin do then?” If he is lucky, he will visit a clean and well-stocked bird feeder. We are quick to hustle off to the grocery store when winter storms threaten. But what about the many songbirds that do not have such a handy source of food available, just when it is most needed? Bird feeders can provide that source of energy for Connecticut's birds that overwinter, and offer natural entertainment for the humans perched inside, watching the birds perched outside.
Tilt-A-World, founded by Pastor Dan Kelly of Second Chance Bible Church in Bethel, has been building playgrounds for orphanages around the world for ten years. Since 12/14, though, Pastor Kelly has dedicated each of the playgrounds to the memories of the 26 people who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Nearly 50 works of art were hung in the main corridor of Newtown Municipal Center on January 23. The collection represents an annual offering by members of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN). The exhibition, “Color in Winter Show & Sale,” will remain on view weekdays until February 27. The exhibition, with 46 works of art representing 25 artists, stretches nearly the length of the municipal center’s southern wall. A reception scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, has been postponed, but the collection of still lifes, landscapes, etchings and other works are doing exactly what the creators of this annual presentation were hoping for when they created the winter exhibition.
The 2015 Newtown Car Show is slated for June 20, with up to 250 exotic cars to be presented in the parking lot of Stop & Shop, 228 South Main Street. As of January 21, just 43 openings remained for car owners hoping to reserve a parking location for their vehicles on what show Co-Chair Chris Sferruzzo is hoping will be a sunny Saturday. Spaces for 250 cars are planned. Registration is $10 per vehicle, with proceeds to be donated to FAITH Food Pantry.
Ten hours after her mother went into labor, Angelina Jean Berger was born on Tuesday, January 6. Her arrival was much easier on her mother than older sister Allison’s arrival. “She was 56 hours of labor,” Jessica Berger said Wednesday evening, looking toward Allison while cuddling Angelina in her lap. Gesturing toward the newborn, Jessica added, “She was nice and easy. We really lucked out with both of our girls. Both are wonderful.” Gathered in the living room of the Sandy Hook home Wednesday evening, the family was celebrating the announcement that young Angelina has been named The Newtown Bee’s First Baby of 2015.