Co-authors of The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last Meryl and Stewart Ain, local clergy members, and representatives of Ben’s Lighthouse and The Caroline Previdi Foundation spoke during a Healing, Transformative Gathering hosted by Congregation Adath Israel on Sunday, May 4.
Several local clergy members offered prayers and words of healing during the event, and both Dr Ain and Mr Ain spoke about their work in creating The Living Memories Project.
May is National Bike Month, and for those with pedal power, Bike Walk Connecticut has proclaimed the week of May 12–16 as Bike To Work Week. The less ambitious might want to partake of Bike To Work Day, scheduled for Friday, May 16. Numerous towns around the state have organized celebrations of bicycling as a means of transportation, with specific dates and times found at www.bikewalkct.org.
Samantha “Sammy” Kuruc, 9, is “an amazing little girl who has been through a lot,” said her mother Jill Kuruc.
Sammy was among the Sandy Hook School students who fled the building on 12/14.
“My daughter described vividly” things that she saw and heard and will never forget, Ms Kuruc said. “There isn’t a kid I know that isn’t different…the things they don’t feel comfortable doing, the things they’re afraid of…”
Occupation: I’m a financial advisor. I work for People’s Securities, which is a division of People’s United Bank. I work with individuals mostly, to help them get to a comfortable place with their investments. It’s a lot of fun and it’s challenging, but very rewarding. My office is in Fairfield.
It is not too late to go to www.ragnarrelay.com/race/capecod and pick out a team to support for this year’s RagnarRelay, a 24-hour relay run from Hull, Mass., to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. There are several teams running this year to support Sandy Hook and Newtown foundations, and all welcome your donations (and moral support). The race is from May 9 to May 10, so don’t delay.
The town government has a new phone system. A new feature of the new system allows people to call the various departments directly, by dialing 270 and then the four-digit extension for that particular office. The town continues to use SNET equipment for its outside lines, and for its emergency dispatching system (which is expected to be revised by SNET in about six months, so the town can have an Enhanced-911 system for handling emergency calls.)
The SCAN Spring Juried Show & Sale opened on Saturday, May 3, but the show formally opened a public reception held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 4. Over $1,000 in cash prizes were awarded for a number of works in the show on Sunday afternoon, including “Smile,” a pastel by Harry Burman.
Mr Burman’s work received the group’s top honor, The Larry Newquist Award For Excellence/Best in Show. It was the second consecutive win of the Best in Show award for the artist.
“Hunger is in everyone’s backyard,” said Newtown Congregational Church Assistant Minister Allysa De Wolf, including Newtown. Two food pantries, FAITH in the basement of St John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, and the Salvation Army food pantry in Town Hall South, serve residents year round, and the number of people who make use of the pantries has increased in recent years.
Morning rain soaked the start to Newtown’s seventh annual Earth Day Festival, but did not hold back a late-day crowd Saturday, April 26.
“Yes, it was a great day,” said Connie Widmann, who helped organize this year’s event. Despite the day’s wet start, she said, “It was a wonderful turnout. As for the number of attendees, we felt that this was a great turn out for the weather at the start of the day.”