With shoulders extended by rods hung with green curtains and a yellow sash, Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) member Donna Mangiafico was a perfect Starlet O’Hara, a parody of the iconic film character Scarlett O’Hara from the 1939 film Gone With The Wind. Decades after the film’s release, comedian and television show host Carol Burnett performed as Starlet in her skit Went With The Wind, a parody that created a lasting fictional persona of its own.
Occupation: I am manager of the School-Based Health Centers programs, which are health care facilities based in schools, to increase timely access to medical, behavioral, and dental health care for kids in schools. Right now, I’m facilitating the new health care center in the Newtown Middle School, which we hope to open in January. It’s a community response to the need for long-term medical and mental health care, following 12/14. I worked 34 years before this for the City of Danbury, managing school health care centers.
We hear that 1,000 peace cranes are in flight once again. Extending the gesture of 1,000 folded paper cranes sent to the First Congressional Church of Santa Barbara by the Newtown Congregational Church, following the Isla Vista murders in California earlier this year, the Santa Barbara Church sent 1,000 peace cranes this past Monday to the Everett United Church of Christ near Marysville, Wash., where four high school students were killed in a shooting there, last month.
The Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice’s Malenkee Dance Company held a dress rehearsal Friday, November 21, preparing for the upcoming performances of Nutcracker Suite. Dancers will take the stage at Edmond Town Hall during the annual Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 7, at noon and 2 pm. From left in their rat costumes are Chelsea Fowler, Annie Fowler, and Taegan Smith, surrounding Clara (Elizabeth Delp).
A music-loving crowd stepped out of a balmy autumn afternoon and into Newtown Congregational Church on Sunday, November 23, to enjoy a special concert organized and produced by Newtown musician Jim Allyn, with the support of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
Newtown Historical Society (NHS) is seeking loans of photographs, letters, poetry, journals, needlework, crafts, clothing, and similar items from the late 19th and early 20th Century, as it relates to the Irish population of Sandy Hook, for an upcoming exhibit.
Firefighters Tom Bernath, left, and Scott Allen check a tree as it is unloaded at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station at sunset on Friday, November 28. As they come off the truck, trees are measured for height, and then stacked so that all similar sizes and types are grouped together. Up on the truck, at left, is Sandy Hook Lieutenant Kevin Stoyak, preparing to drop another tree down for processing.
W. Ogden Booker will direct the Newtown Choral Society in a performance of Handel’s Jubilee and Bach’s Magnificat at the Newtown Congregational Church, 4 pm, on Sunday, December 10. This will be the first public performance of the church’s newly refurbished organ.
Congratulations to the Newtown High School football team for winning the South-West Conference Title last Thursday night, November 20, shutting out Brookfield 42-0. This win makes Title #3 in a row for our local high school team. Two paws up to all of the team members, coaches, parents, and fans!
Occupation: Most recently, I became a bus driver for All-Star Transportation. It’s fun and it’s crazy. I’m a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, since 2008. I’ve been sharing my yoga practice mostly through Newtown Continuing Education. I also am a licensed real estate person, working as a referral agent.
Family: My husband, Bob, and I have been married for 19 years. We have three boys. Scott is 17, Jack is 12, and Rory is 10 years old.