A fashion and interior designer for her entire adult life, Newtown resident Beth Kellar Uniacke has turned to fashioning words. Her debut young readers’ book, Sara the Desk Traveler, was released Wednesday, December 17.
Music For Newtown will hold its second online auction January 22-29. Numerous artists, including Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Brittany Spears, Black Sabbath and many others have donated special limited edition items to the online auction. Bidding opens at 3 pm today, and will continue until 9 pm Wednesday, January 29.
The late author Rachel Carson is often credited with awakening Americans to the hazards of DDT contamination in the food chain. But eight years before Rachel Carson cautioned the world about the dangers of the pesticide in her 1962 book, Silent Spring, another voice was calling in the wilderness.
Garrett William Hydeck, Jr, edged out his closest competitor for the title of Newtown’s First Baby 2014 by less than 12 hours.
Garrett, the son of Stephanie Masciola and Garrett Hydeck, Sr, was born on Thursday, January 2, at 8:45 am, at Yale Children’s Hospital. The Bee also heard from Kadri and Anthony Graffeo, whose son Thomas was born at 8:24 pm January 2. All other “competitors” were born January 3 or later.
For those of you watching the premiere of this season’s American Idol on Wednesday, January 15, you might have recognized Sandy Hook resident Hayley Pettinato. She was shown briefly, but earned a “golden ticket” to continue on to Hollywood, where the show continues. Seventeen-year-old Hayley is one of three Connecticut residents chosen by the judges for this season. “Getting that golden ticket was honestly like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was so surreal.
Occupation: I am a roofing contractor, and when I can get away, I like to get out and do some oil painting. I do a lot of landscapes and local scenes. I traded some contracting for art classes at Silvermine a few years ago, but I’m pretty much self-taught. I do a lot of painting with my palette knife.
Family: I’m married to Elyce. We have two kids. Tori, our daughter, is 14, and James Jr is 13. Both are on the Honor Roll, which is great.
Mary Kate Halmose wants to start a lending library-type program at several town parks. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she pictures a weather-protected enclosure for Dickinson and Treadwell Parks, and Eichler’s Cove Marina.
Sitting before the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday, January 14, she offered her ideas and answered questions.
Member Jan Brookes asked, “So, some people could donate books, and others could borrow?”