Five Scout’s Angels service dogs wagged their tails outside The Villa restaurant Tuesday afternoon, August 13. They watched as people crossed the parking lot. The dogs and handlers, visiting Newtown from Denver to bring comfort to the community, soon met guests at an outdoor patio.
Sandy Hook Promise representative James Belden said his organization, which formed after 12/14, has helped to arrange venues for the guests, and “get them into the community and get as much exposure as possible.”
On Friday morning, August 9, Dave Ackert, chairman of The Newtown Foundation, and Steve Stuhmer and Geoffrey Schiffenhaus of the Kraft Group Family of Businesses Rand Whitney in Newtown hovered over the design table in the Edmond Road container company’s design room. On the table lay one of eight sculptures that make up the “Meditation On Mourning” installation, recently released by its creator to The Newtown Foundation “so that it can help in our efforts to raise awareness of the impact that gun violence has on families, as well as to aid in the healing and transformational work we do,” said Mr Ackert.
Newtown resident Adell Mastro returned to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the third time this year, with a competition quilt in hand. And for the third consecutive year, Ms Mastro returned home knowing that her handiwork earned the largest amount of money to support SkillsUSA through the annual conference auction. Ms Mastro’s quilt this year was called “Finding Your Way.” Its theme was tools, and each square had to do with “various tools or trade organizations,” she said. A mariner’s compass was the focal point of the front of the piece, which also included a lot of red, white and blue. Dedicated to 12/14, the back of the quilt featured a pattern with six hearts surrounded by another 20 hearts. A dedication square on the work included notes about using a compass to find one’s way, “whether to go home or on an adventure,” Ms Mastro explained. A green and white ribbon was pinned to the dedication square. The quilt was purchased by the same woman from Texas who has won Ms Mastro’s quilts through auction the past two years.
Admiring the bell peppers’ rich, dark color, Grace Pisano purchased her produce Tuesday, August 6, at The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center bagged the peppers for Ms Pisano. Also for sale in the Sandy Hook farm's booth were were baskets spilling over with eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and fresh fruit. Elsewhere on the sunny afternoon, shoppers had their picks of fresh fruit, succulents and other plants, baked goods, lemonade, and even caramel corn.
The focus of the 2013 Annual Labor Day Parade will be one on providing the town with “an avenue of celebration,” said Labor Day Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell, Monday, August 5, as preparations for the September 2 parade were being finalized.
“We want to make the parade as traditional as it has been in the past,” said Ms Caldwell. Still, the committee recognizes the need to acknowledge the impact of 12/14 on Newtown. “The parade will honor our first responders and all that makes Newtown special,” she said.
“A Glimpse Of The Garden” is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener’s work — a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory. What is down the garden path of your friends and neighbors? What is down your garden path? This week we meet Barbara O'Connor who, after 39 years of employment with Planter’s Choice in Newtown, has found a sampling of nearly every kind of nursery work, as well as the opportunity to sample of some of the more unusual plants and shrubs gardeners lust after.