Newtown High School senior Maggie Wruck and her date Kollin McDonald of Stony Brook, N.Y., decided on a Batman theme for the NHS Senior Prom, held this past Friday, April 25, at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury. Maggie donned these shoes, and I hear she customized them herself, hand gluing roughly 10,000 rhinestones all over them, including the Batman insignia. Kollin followed the theme, wearing a Batman bowtie and cufflinks.
A rooster crows. The sun shimmies up behind still dark hills. Cups of coffee in hand, Drs Dan Federman and Eric Chanko step out of rustic quarters and breathe in the calm morning air lying over the village of Opataro, Honduras. It is a calm they know will soon dissipate, as dozens of villagers from Opatoro and 16 surrounding towns line up outside the clinic to see the American doctors there to aid Opatoro’s one physician and dentist. Some of the villagers will have walked three hours, to wait three hours in line.
Patricia Hubert’s devotion to seeing that the contributions of Maine’s soldiers, sailors, and one junior officer of the American Revolution, in particular, are finally recognized resulted in the publication of her book Major Philip M. Ulmer: A Hero of the American Revolution in August 2014, after six years of research, documentation, and writing.
Occupation: I’m a certified K-6 teacher. I’ve taken the last seven years off to be a stay-at-home mom, but in September, I started teaching part-time at Step Away in Monroe and at St Rose. I’ve recently started a preschool tutoring and education consulting business, called PreKConnect —prekconnect.com. I tutor 4-year-olds for kindergarten readiness, at my home or at the library. I’m also available to go into preschools to help bump up the curriculum.
Newtown Savings Bank’s Relay For Life Team will host a fundraising car wash this weekend. The public is invited to visit the parking lot of the bank’s main branch, at 39 Main Street, between 9 am and 1 pm. Car washes will be offered in exchange for donations. All money collected on Saturday will then be donated to Relay For Life through the team’s efforts.
Students attending the Newtown High School Senior Prom tonight are invited to share some of their favorite photos with The Newtown Bee for publication in a future print edition and/or for an online photo slideshow.
Send photos to Education Reporter Eliza Hallabeck, at Eliza@thebee.com, with the subject line “Prom 2015,” by Tuesday, April 28, at 10 am.
There is an art to successful foster parenting, and Newtown residents Nancy and John Schreiner have seemingly mastered it, despite having fostered just two teenagers in the four years they have been licensed. So much so, that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) named the couple as the Star Family for the month of April, and during the May 1-2 Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents Annual Conference at the Mystic Marriott, the Schreiners will be honored as the Family of the Year for the Danbury region.
The Story of the Stuff, a web documentary by Ashley R. Maynor, went live on April 16 at www.thestoryofthestuff.com. Consisting of brief videos and essays reflecting on tragedies such as the shootings at Virginia Tech and the bonfire disaster at Texas A&M, it primarily follows four Newtown residents who took on the task of dealing with the enormous physical outpourings of sympathy that came to Newtown following 12/14.