Two of three Buddha frogs can be seen at the edge of the Arlene Kreinik's garden. Repetition of color, plantings, and points of interest is a tip Ms Kreinik has picked up from garden club lectures and utilized in her own gardens. Hellebore, clumps of iris, and red azaleas are repeated in this garden, along with the frog sculptures.
The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters & Friends — a cancer awareness and fundraising team — kicked off its walk training season during Newtown’s annual Strutt Your Mutt in late May. Team members met at the town’s new Park and Park dog park where the event took place this year.
From top left are Artistic Director Tory Gozzi, and dancers Katerina Ringes, Hannah Halloran, Natalina Schappach, Jenna Siroky, Arline Almeter, Monique Dubois, Riley Smith.From bottom, left, are Vianna Schappach, Natalia Nikitchyuk, Morgan Cebry, and Elizabeth Delp. The dancers, all from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, offered an abbreviated performance of Swan Lake last weekend at Masonicare of Newtown. The public is invited to either of two free performances the dance company will present at Reed School on June 20-21.
Occupation: I’m a realtor with William Raveis, in the Newtown office. I’ve been with them for about six months, but I’ve been a realtor for three years. Prior to working here, I was also a gymnastics coach at the Trumbull Y.
Family: I’m married to Bill. We have three children. Kathryn is 16, Allyson is 13, and Sean is 10 years old.
Caraluzzi’s Market, at 5 Queen Street, is hosting The Animal Center’s cat and kitten food drive through June 21. The Animal Center is requesting Friskies and Purina brand wet and dry food, but all donations are greatly appreciated as it heads into its busiest time of year. Donation bins are located at the store entranceways.
The 27th Annual Sandy Hook LobsterFest, a fundraiser hosted by Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., was held Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, at the fire company’s main station on Riverside Road.
Members of the company, its ladies auxiliary, Junior Corps, and family members and friends all volunteered throughout the two-day event to help serve steak and lobster dinners (or surf and turf for those who went for that option), sides and drinks to ticket-holders. A raw bar and desserts were also available.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 3, that Marlene Bucci, a paraprofessional at Middle Gate Elementary School, has been chosen as the district’s 2014-15 Paraprofessional of the Year.
Mrs Bucci is now a nominee for the 2015 State of Connecticut Paraprofessional of the Year with the Connecticut State Department of Education and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council.
Students in eight classes at Hawley Elementary School were introduced to The Willow Reindeer Project last month, thanks to a two-day visit by the project’s founder. After the two-day visit, the students had created eight small-scale reindeer sculptures under the guidance of Willow Bill, who told each class that it was up to them to decide what to do with their reindeer.