Country music star Scotty McCreery's career has taken a serious upward trajectory in recent weeks. And fans will have a chance to celebrate with him when he rolls into Connecticut December 4. McCreery, who conducted the second half of a promised two-part interview with The Newtown Bee November 18, said he was pumped to share the news about picking up three RIAA Platinum certifications with his songs, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” off his No. 1 debuting first studio album Clear As Day, and “See You Tonight,” the title track and Top 10 lead single off his second consecutive No. 1 album. McCreery said he can’t wait to entertain his many friends in Newtown, where he serves as the 12.14 Foundation's Goodwill Ambassador, as well as his legion of Connecticut fans.
Resident Jill Kuruc has received an early holiday gift this year: a leaf cleanup from the Newtown High School hockey players, which was paid for anonymously The hockey team holds an annual fundraiser by doing yard cleanups, and “Someone anonymously donated money for them to come and clean up my yard,” Ms Kuruc said. On Election Day, November 4, Ms Kuruc’s year-old tractor caught on fire while her son, Brian, was trying to mulch leaves at their Mountain Laurel Lane home. The tractor’s exhaust ignited the leaves.
During the weekend of November 22-23, dog lovers descended on the “Thanksgiving Classic Cluster” in Springfield, Mass. This cluster of dogs shows is presented by the Springfield, South Windsor, Holyoke, and Windham County kennel clubs who join together to offer four days of dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition, home of the iconic The Big E fair. Amongst the more than 2,500 purebred dogs representing 167 breeds at the shows, were dozens of darling puppies.
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will hold its annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7. “The large downstairs library meeting room will be chock-full of a wide a wide selection of quality books for adults and children at prices that simply can’t be beat,” promises Friends volunteer Toni Earnshaw. Shoppers will find new, sealed DVDs and CDs, gift items such as puzzles and toys, and a broad selection of stocking stuffers.
Local fans of the animated "Madagascar" series will have a 24-hour sneak peek at the next big screen installment, "Penguins of Madagascar." Edmond Town Hall Theatre will host two special screenings of the DreamWorks release on Tuesday, a day earlier than the film is officially released. According to the town hall's Facebook page, the screenings are scheduled for 5 and 7:15 pm, and both are free of charge.
Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC) and Education Connection have launched the annual Tag-A-Gift Program, one part of the annual Newtown Fund Holiday Basket Program. NJWC and Education Connection are coordinating this year the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for Newtown children in need. The Tag-A-gift program provides the toys and other gifts for The Newtown Fund’s annual gift and food drive for local families. The event culminates with Depot Day, when all items are delivered to families in Newtown who need a hand putting food on the table and gifts under the tree. NJWC, which has done the Tag-A-Gift program for years, is now being joined by the regional educational service center. "We're all working toward the same goal, so we decided to work together this year,” said NJWC member Meri Jitsukawa.
The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown has expanded its fundraising for the 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture, scheduled this year for Friday, December 5. A few weeks ago, The Tree Lighting Committee members announced that they have decided to use glow sticks inside the white bags, replacing tea light candles that have been traditionally used. With that decision, however, also comes a larger bill than in years past for the one of the first events in town of the holiday season. Chamber President Timothy Haas said this week that the cost of putting on the tree lighting ceremony has gone up “significantly” due to the decision to use glow sticks.