Agreements have been reached among members of the Great Newtown Reunion Committee, Hook & Ladder Fire Company No. 1, and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, with each of the fire companies heading up separate catering responsibilities for the gathering July 27 at Fairfield Hills. Members of Newtown Hook & Ladder will be hard at work when The Great Newtown Reunion kicks off on July 27, preparing thousands of burgers and hot dogs to be sold to reunion guests. As the late afternoon approaches, Hook & Ladder personnel will switch places with their Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue counterparts, who will then prepare lobsters and steak for the second phase of the day-long event.
New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck briefly chose a smaller stage from which to share their talents, visiting Sandy Hook this week. On Monday, as Mr Fairchild met with the local dance studio instructors and students, he said that in December while dancing in The Nutcracker he chose to dedicate the performance to Sandy Hook. He remembers thinking at the time, “I don’t feel like I can do much.”
For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine's Day, the two-month anniversary of 12/14, was "like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun." Ms Byrnes also assisted in hanging more of the hand painted hearts in Newtown earlier this month, and found joy in knowing the messages of caring had been discovered.
Jonah Cohen, outreach and public programs manager for The Children's Museum of West Hartford, visited C.H. Booth Library on April 13 to continue a special series of free programs by children's museums across the state. Mr Cohen's visit was part of the Museums Love Newtown series hosted by the library.
Members and supporters of SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) spent the weekend of April 13 sprucing up Sandy Hook Center and the banks of the Pootatuck River in anticipation of welcoming hundreds of community members and visitors for a Spring Fling Block Party on Saturday, April 27. Festivities will run from 11 am to 4:30 pm that day.
Newtown Music Studio Director Jackie Gaudet walked into the church hall singing. Following her through the doorway and fanning out across the room on Saturday, April 6, were students and friends, performing a Spring Benefit Concert at the Newtown Congregational Church. The concert was meant to promote new growth in town while showing appreciation and providing funds for members of the Newtown Police Department.