Occupation: I coach track at Newtown High School, and I when I’m not coaching, I work at the Nike store in Westport.
Family: My mom, Tina Welsh, and stepdad, Ted Welsh, live in Newtown. My dad, Ray, and stepmom, Betsy Hoyt, are in Sandy Hook. My sister, Andrea, lives on Cape Cod. I have a stepbrother, Matt, at Ohio State, and my stepsister, Lindsey, is a junior at Newtown High School.
With this autumn marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — and May 7 the anniversary of the unconditional surrender by the German Allied Forces, the beginning of the end of the war — The Newtown Bee reached out to local veterans with an invitation to share their stories.
I read at www.screenfree.org that May 4-10 was (is still) “Screen Free Week,” and the fur on my back stood up. And that led me to realize how connected we are to screens of all kinds. Turning off the computer screen at work turned out not to be an option, for this all paws journalist. Then I started thinking about other links: Kindle, iPhone, iPads, television… what’s a newscat to do?
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) will continue its 58th season with a production of Godspell, the energetic musical by Stephen Schwartz that debuted off-Broadway in 1971 before going on to become a three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winning show.
Ashley Gong, a Newtown High School junior and one of five 2014 National Student Poet Ambassadors, is looking forward to sharing her love of poetry with area students in grades 6-8 at the “Po(w)e (r)try” workshop, four Monday evenings, beginning May 18, at C.H. Booth Library.
While Newtown sisters Katie and Jamie Rowan are happy hanging out and playing games or taking an occasional romp on the family trampoline with big sister Amanda, the younger siblings know how their family depends on the sensitive and expert support they receive from state Department of Developmental Services (DDS) professionals who are expert at handling behaviors related Amanda’s autism spectrum disorder.
Thirteen residents stood before Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead on Tuesday evening with raised hands, as she swore them in as volunteers forming a new Community Center Commission. They are John Boccuzzi, Bill Buchler, Andy Clure, Rob Cox, Sean Dunn, Brian Hartgraves, Carla Kron, Brian Leidlein, Christopher McDonnell, Jeremy Richman, Sheila Torres, Kinga Walsh, and David Wheeler.
Sworn in ahead of time and not present Tuesday was the fourteenth member Nicole Hockley.