Mother Nature had to stick her tongue out at us one last time this season, on Monday morning. A coating of sleet and giant snowflakes were not what I wanted to see, but I’m hoping that is the last of the wintry weather. The daffodils and crocuses poking up through the soil around town are giving me hope that spring truly is imminent.
Since becoming pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church (NUMC), six and a half years ago, the Reverend Mel Kawakami has overseen one of the rituals of spring there — filling in the sinkholes in the front parking lot. But until last year, when a 10-by-10-foot test hole was opened up and he had the opportunity to see what lay beneath the asphalt, Rev Kawakami and many of his congregation had no idea that the ongoing problem was a piece of history buried under their feet.
NHS Culinary Arts student Nicole O’Leary plates a set of the appetizers she and her Community Table partner created for the March 27 event: polenta bruschetta with spinach, pesto, and grilled shrimp, topped with a cherry tomato. In the background is Ryan Rosenberger, plating a set of his food offerings.
Kim Harrison caught a glimpse of the new season unfolding this week.
Out from under her barn on Taunton Hill Road Tuesday morning emerged a “cool little spring story,” she said. A mother fox and her litter came out from beneath the barn and into Tuesday morning’s sunshine.
At Vogue Knitting Live, a yarn industry expo in Manhattan this past January, Newtown resident Linda Zemba Burhance taught an 8-hour session on arm knitting.
“I noticed that anybody, of any age or gender, seemed interested and could learn it quickly. It’s multigenerational and gender neutral,” Ms Burhance said of the ages-old knitting technique that has seen a resurgence in the craft.
Occupation: I am an attorney, with an office in Danbury on Mill Plain Road. I practice a lot of different kinds of law — wills, probate, small business-related law, criminal defense — that sort of thing.
Family: I’ve been married to Julie for seven and a half years. We have a son, Gus, who is just 9 months old. My folks, Paul and Helen Krueger, live here in Newtown, too.
Dancers from The Gray School of Irish Dance had a busy St Patrick’s Day season this year. Of course, it’s one of their busiest times of the year, with performances in local parades celebrating their talents, and this year students from the various schools — located in Newtown, Danbury, Ridgefield, and elsewhere — had performances in Danbury, Essex, and Norwich St Patrick’s Day parades, a program at Danbury Library, and other events across the state.