Not everyone has a reindeer to call her own, but Newtown native Sas Carey does, in the northernmost region of Mongolia. Why she was gifted a reindeer is only a small part of the story Ms Carey will share at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 pm. She will be at the Main Street location for an author’s talk and slideshow on her book, Reindeer Herders in My Heart, Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia (2012, Wren Press, Vermont).
Newtown Kindness was launched in January to encourage, facilitate and recognize the value of kindness. The organization’s signature event is The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards, the first of which were presented in February in honor of one of the girls killed on 12/14. The group has remained committed to fostering kindness in children, honoring a child who was known for her own regular acts of kindness. This summer the organization is teaching some of the area’s youngest residents that lesson through the simple gesture of giving away lemonade. It is a new twist on the traditional lemonade stand. Instead of accepting money, children are offering free advice along with each cup of lemonade they hand out. Following the Newtown Kindness motto of “Think Kindly, Act Boldly,” children are stepping up and reminding others to just be kind.
Kansas hairstylist and BarkAID founder Patrick Lomantini rolled into Newtown Tuesday morning, August 6, at 1 am, along with stylists Zachary DiBella of Idaho and Alexis Longworth of Ohio. Seven hours later, the threesome was set up and under way for a 12-hour cutathon at Salon Michele on Queen Street, to benefit the Sandy Hook cat rescue organization, Kitten Associates.
“Don’t think twice — do it!” That is the advice of Captain Jennifer Brokaw, who in 2011 became the first woman in the past ten years to reach the level of captain in the special mission division at Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), a marine contractor with the Department of Defense. Young women today seeking a career on water should not be afraid to take it on, said the 1995 graduate of Newtown High School. Learning life skills and making friends all over the world are only two reasons that she has made a naval career her career of choice since graduating from the Maine Marine Academy in 1999 with a BS in nautical science.
Ann Listokin (the former Ann Raynolds) and husband Bob, of Winston-Salem, N.C., stopped into The Newtown Bee offices Thursday, July 25. With her, Ms Listokin had a clipping from The Newtown Bee that she has cherished for more than 70 years. The article includes a photo of Ms Listokin as a young girl, dressed in a grass Hawaiian skirt, with leis about her neck and flowers in her hair. She was dressed, explained Ms Listokin, for a costume party and picnic hosted by the C.H. Booth Library for the ten children who had taken part in the library’s first summer reading program. Known as “The World’s Fair Book Club,” the young Ms Raynolds outread her peers that summer of 1939, consuming 27 books during the summer months, “all fiction books about different countries and cultures,” recalled Ms Listokin, who also carried with her a special photograph book assembled by their daughter for her father’s birthday. Inside the book was the picture of the young Ann Raynolds in her Hawaiian garb.
Nearly 60 children participated in Camp Noah, July 15–19, which offered resiliency buildings skills hidden among the arts and crafts projects, story times, skits, and other light-hearted offerings. A group of 25 Penn State students; Pastor David Hershey, the chaplain for Penn State; and four LSSM staff members traveled to Newtown to present Camp Noah. The group arrived on Saturday, July 13, and met with local parents and others who briefed them on 12/14 and Newtown within 24 hours. The camp’s curriculum contains materials and activities for five days. Each day builds on the previous day, and gives each child the space and time necessary to tell their stories, building resiliency skills.
Plain Jane’s Restaurant in Bethel will be anything but plain by the time Bethel artist Adele Moros finishes hanging the art work of six of the restaurant’s regular patrons on Saturday, August 3. Billed simply as “The Artists of Plain Jane’s Art Show,” more than 70 original cartoons, acrylics, oils, and watercolors by Orlando Busino, Frederick Carpenter, Joseph Farris, Dana Fradon, Jack Medoff, and John Smallwood-Garcia will be on exhibit to the public beginning Sunday, August 4, through the month of September. An opening reception will take place Sunday, August 18. The men are among a group of artists, authors, teachers, and scientists who have been meeting at Plain Jane’s for lunch and laughter every Wednesday for the past 15 years. They have all known each other for years, through career connections. If the artists’ names are not familiar, their distinctive works are. They have appeared in internationally known publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, Time, and The Saturday Evening Post for the past half century. They have worked for many of the same magazines; the lunch group developed out of their commonalities.
It was more than The Great Newtown Reunion on July 27 that drew former resident André Middlebrook back to the area. Born and raised in Newtown, Mr Middlebrook moved with his family to the San Jose, Calif., region in 1984, when he was just 16 years old. “I have wanted to move back here for the past five years,” said Mr Middlebrook, who works as a safety inspector/emergency responder for Pacific Scientific, an energetic materials provider. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that California seems more mundane, and one shopping center after another that are all the same,” he said.