About 150 participants or “yogis” attended the Second Annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23, at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. The participants sampled various versions of yoga. Area teachers who participated included Barbara Templeton, Kristi Gunnershaug, Anne Pelisson, Chris Smith, Aline Marie, Lydia Smith, Karen Pierce, Kat Barton, Joanne Keane, and Brian Pontolilo. Internationally known teachers Ray Crist, Jennifer Reis, and Tiffany Maloney also provided instruction. Suzy DeYoung and Jennifer Smith Bassett were the co-chairs of the event.
If you think that dental hygiene is irrelevant, Dr Joshua Baum and staff are happy to remind you that “Brushing Your Teeth is Never Irr-Elephant.” And to make that point, Shelton landscaper Pete Stanisci and his team have crafted an 18-foot-tall elephant out front of front of the 23 Church Hill Road office for Dr Baum, from nine large bales of hay (each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds) and many reinforcing bars. PVC pipe stands in for this elephant’s tusks extending out from either side of a trunk made of several feet of vacuum hose, usually attached to commercial leaf suckers, said Mr Stanisci. This is the third year, said Dr Baum, that Stanisci Landscaping has fashioned a creation from hay bales for the front lawn of the orthodontics office. In 2012, a Hay Monster stood on the lawn, followed by the 2013 giant teddy bear.
From The Rolling Stones to Avicii, music skipped decades Saturday night while Fast Ricky members entertained a crowd at the Botsford Fire House. Lisa Paloian danced with her son Mikey and inside the garage bays at folding tables, guests enjoyed dinner. Additional guests ate outdoors beneath shade tents with a seat closer to the band. On Saturday, August 23, the annual Botsford Fire & Rescue Summer Bash Fundraiser to support fire company functions saw a crowd of supporters join the evening of food and music between 4 and 10 pm.
Elle Sauli has been crowned Miss Northern States Jr Teen 2014. The 13-year-old from Newtown, who will begin her freshman year at Newtown High School this week, won the title during the New England Miss American Coed (MAC) Pageant. The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., August 15-17. “I was stunned when then said my name,” Elle said this week. “I felt crazy, absolutely insane,” when her title was announced, she added. The 2014 pageant represented the third time Elle competed in the pageant. It was the first time for her to compete in the Junior Teen division, which pitted her against 13 other girls. While her next competitive appearance will be in November when she travels to Orlando, Fla., for national competition, Elle is already looking forward to her first public appearance with her new crown and sash. She will be joining Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut Teen next Monday for the Newtown Labor Day Parade.
“Pie is not about perfection,” Beth Howard told the Beloved Book Group Gals of Newtown, when she was visiting in March 2013. Ms Howard, from Iowa, is the author of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie, and travels the country bringing the message of “piece” — and pie making — to people needing comfort. Whether dealing with life or dealing with a testy pie crust, Ms Howard suggests always moving forward with confidence.
It may have been warm when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began gaining steam earlier this month, but the owners and employees of Newtown Veterinary Specialists ended up taking the challenge on one of the summer’s cooler days. Nevertheless, nearly two dozen people stood on the side lawn of the Church Hill Road 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty hospital Friday afternoon and poured buckets of ice water over themselves. One of this summer’s big fads, the Ice Bucket Challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water, capturing this on video, and posting that video to social media with a nomination — or, the challenge — for someone else to do the same. Those who accept the dare can consider themselves part of a growing group of people of all ages, many of whom have used Facebook to continue the trend, to solicit donations for The ALS Association. NVS Director of Hospital Operations Bernadette Vinci, MS, was the motivation behind the business deciding to do the ice water dump.