There are two paths we take as one year passes into the next; one looking forward to the coming year and another looking back on what just transpired. Some face firmly in one direction or the other, some do both, a moment of reflection before planning another year. I used to take that two-faced approach, looking back over my shoulder, then looking ahead to the unknown. This New Year’s ritual I found mostly depressing as it forced me to focus on what I didn’t accomplish looking back.
Toni Earnshaw, co-chair of communications for Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), shared with me the Newtown experience of last month’s National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, held December 11, at the National Cathedral in our nation’s capitol. Sixty Newtown residents took time out of a busy month to join with hundreds of others from across the country, meeting with more than 50 legislators, “to honor victims with action by calling on Congress to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Toni.
Kevin Jones, a deputy planning director in Roswell, Ga., has been selected as Newtown’s first economic development coordinator, and was expected to confirm his verbal acceptance of the post, Thursday. If Mr Jones confirms the hiring, he would begin work in early February at a salary of $52,000.
Are you looking for something fun to do during winter break? Newtown High School hockey coaches and players invite youth hockey players from town to join them for a free skate at Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury, on Sunday, December 28, from 9 to 10 am. This is an opportunity for up-and-coming skaters to meet members of the Nighthawks, and for the high school coaches to interact with some of their future players. Register online at newtownhockey.com.
Occupation: I’m the IT manager for Familycare Visiting Nurse, out of Stratford.
Family: I’ve been married to Andrea Von Amelunxen for 14 years. We have one son, Gregory, who is 10 years old. I have two grown children in New Zealand, Nicky and Chris, and my grandchildren Chloe, Emma, and Taylor. Nicky is expecting another child in April.
Every year, The Newtown Bee is privileged to share the stories of Newtown residents and organizations, and among the many highlighted in 2014, were these stories.
Newtown resident Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is celebrating with the newest member of the family, the puppy! No matter when the puppy arrived during the year they will always have a first Christmas. Like most of us dog lovers, I’m guilty of overindulgence of my treasured pets. Besides the toys and treats, monogrammed stockings were ordered for them this year. OK, that was more for me than them.