Newtown children’s book author and illustrator Paul Meisel has illustrated Chapter 2 of a serialized kids’ mystery e-book, to be released one chapter at a time, beginning January 4. Mr Meisel is among many Connecticut authors/illustrator to volunteer their time to write and illustrate The Great Connecticut Caper, the brainchild of the Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut Center for the Book. The book follows the adventures of a couple of 11-year-old kids hot on the trail of finding the missing Gillette Castle in East Haddam.
Bill Manfredonia says he believes in education. And he’s in a good position to see that his philosophy is carried out at Newtown High School. Mr Manfredonia was hired as principal for the high school as of December 19, with a salary of $70,000. He had been serving as interim principal since June while the school board conducted a search for a new principal when Tim Breslin, former principal, left to become superintendent of Regional School 6.
The biggest draws at regional concert venues this fall mirrored bills that may have played the same or similar venues 20, 30, even more than 40 years ago. At the same time, other legacy acts — along with a secret weapon super group — energized more intimate venues, bringing classic storytellers up close and personal to fans, many who have been following some of those the artists for decades.
Bob Seger and The J. Geils Band, which played Mohegan Sun Arena December 6, was a study in contrasts.
Now in storage, but ready to visit businesses in town is R. Hero, a 6-foot tall puppy Dalmatian sculpture. Its purpose is to celebrate local heroes, serve as a visual reminder of the traits of a hero such as courage, respect, honor and compassion for others, and encourage children to think, inquire, and wonder about the world around them.
From left, Senior Center writing instructor Diana Baxter, Karen Aurelia, Senior Center Director Marilyn Place, Assistant to the Director Judy Thomas, Senior Center yoga teacher Eileen Byrnes, Newtown Social Services Director Ann Piccini, and Senior Center exercise instructor Mary Ann Phillips are happy to be together for the holiday celebration.
Children’s author/illustrator Steven Kellogg hopes readers old and new will find the 35th anniversary edition of Pinkerton, Behave! to be more in keeping with changes in culture surrounding gun violence.
Hawleyville Postmaster Mark Favale is delighted to receive the gift of one of the actual gingerbread houses featured on USPS stamps from the 2013-14 holiday season. The artist, Teresa Layman, right, of Warren, delivered the unexpected present to the post office on Wednesday, December 10, where it will be on display during the holidays.
Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm.
Newtown High School teacher Carol Skolas’s Art Portfolio students had tape in hand and many of their works before them on Wednesday, December 10, as they prepared the pieces for exhibit at C.H. Booth Library.
The artwork, entirely created by NHS students, will be on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, during library hours in the building’s meeting room from Saturday, December 13, to Friday, December 19.