This year’s 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race on May 24 drew a bustling crowd. Parents and children filled the river’s banks in Sandy Hook Center, lining fences along the water near The Foundry, and across the rushing current, filled the lot behind Porco’s Karate Academy on Church Hill Road.
Thanks to funding through the Books Heal Hearts program at C.H. Booth Library, said Children’s Librarian Lana Bennison, she and committee members Ross MacDonald, Janice Bernard, Yvonne Cech, Kim Weber, and Georgia Monaghan are able to present two days of well-known author and illustrators to students and residents of Newtown.
Days before her 80th birthday on Sunday, May 18, Vernice “VJ” Murphy and her rescue dog Cooper went for a brisk stroll around the block. The daily walk is just part of an exercise routine that Ms Murphy says “keeps me young.”
C.H. Booth Library Children’s Librarian Lana Bennison, and committee members including author-illustrator Ross MacDonald of Newtown, Janice Bernard, Georgia Monaghan, Yvonne Cech, and CHB Young Adult Librarian Kim Young are encouraging writers and artists age 19 and under to take part in a contest that will build upon the June 6 and 7 experience of famous author/illustrator visits to Newtown.
Running under the names of Wing Nuts, A Wing and a Prayer, Wingin’ It, Winging It 4 D, and Shagnar, five teams of 12 runners each set out Friday morning, May 9, from Hull, Mass., on a 192-mile relay run to support Dylan’s Wings Of Change. They were among nearly 600 Ragnar Relay Cape Cod teams overall, racing for 30 hours to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod, to raise money for favorite charities.
Dancer Rahul Acharya told guests at the Natya Tarang Festival of Arts Indian Classical Dance Recital last weekend the story of an unfaithful lover caught in his affair. It was a 12th Century story of courtship, love trysts, and the two beloveds, one of whom became tangled in deceit. The recital was presented on Sunday afternoon at Edmond Town Hall.
Before he enacted the story through dance, Mr Acharya said, “Poetry in action is an integral part of Indian dance tradition.”
For some, the passage of time in this town is brief. Others settle in, leaving an imprint of their lives over the course of many years. Julie and Pete Stern fall into the latter category, many who know them would say. Through community interaction and support, they have quietly interlaced their fingers with those of Newtown people and organizations for the nearly half century that they have called this town “home.”
More than three dozen members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, library staff, and fellow book sale volunteers crowded into the Old Board Room of the C.H. Booth Library Monday morning, May 19, to wish well to Julie and Pete Stern. The Sterns, who have volunteered with the Friends for many years sorting books, serving on the board, and, in Mr Stern’s case, representing the Friends on the board of trustees of the C.H. Booth Library, are moving to Pennsylvania as of June 2.
Occupation: I was a nurse. I got my master’s from Yale and worked for 35 years as an APRN in psychiatry at Griffin Hospital in Derby. I loved it. I retired seven years ago.
Family: My husband, Richard, passed away in 2006. We have three children. Richard and his wife, Julie, are in Florida. Judy and her husband, Peter, live in Little Compton, R.I., and Lisa is in New York City. I have five grandchildren — Taylor, Peter, Christopher, Amy, and John.