Three years after the Civil War ended, a group of Union veterans held the first national memorial service on May 5, 1868, where organizers visited Arlington National Cemetery to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers. Dubbed “Decoration Day” this practice grew by the end of the 19th Century into a national day of remembrance held annually on May 30.
Police are looking for a white male who robbed the Sunoco station on Route 25 in Newtown early Thursday morning, May 31. According to the police, at approximately 5:30 am, a white male in his mid 20s, approximately 5’ 4” tall entered Friendly Service Station (Sunoco) and displayed a silver revolver. Reportedly, the man demanded money, pushed the female employee, took approximately $100 in cash, and fled in a green car. The case is under investigation.
Music lovers and anyone looking for a family-friendly opportunity to get together with friends while benefiting one of Newtown’s five volunteer fire companies can mark their calendars for a first of its kind fundraiser.
“Rockin’ the ‘Ville” is set for Saturday, June 13, on the grounds of Hawleyville Volunteer fire station, 34 Hawleyville Road.
I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.
The public is invited to Catherine’s Butterfly Party, Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 pm, at the Fairfield Hills Campus, 4 Primrose Street. A program of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, the event will include a Super Adoption Event, as well as animal- and nature-centered programs, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. The party is intended for all ages.
Victoria Madden, who is playing Princess Aurora/The Sleeping Beauty, for the upcoming special performances of Sleeping Beauty is surrounded during a recent rehearsal by fairies: from left, Elizabeth Delp (playing Fairy of the Crystal Fountain), Vianna Schappach (Fairy of the Songbirds), Katerina Ringes (Fairy of the Enchanted Garden), Monique Dubois (Fairy of the Woodland Glade), and Riley Smith (Fairy of the Golden Vine).
The Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson have debuted a new cookbook, The Grilling for Heroes Cookbook: Sizzling Recipes for Your Propane Grill, to raise money for wounded veterans.
RIDGEFIELD — In an interview ahead of his Ridgefield Playhouse show June 10, highly respected and award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield said after nearly 25 years in the business, it’s still incomprehensible when he is aligned beside fellow British players like Eric Clapton and Peter Green
But all humility aside, Schofield told The Newtown Bee he is excited to be able to thrill true blues fans and newcomers alike, exposing his audiences to the “irreplaceable joy of live music."