New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck walks through a room of students, helping them with postures and positions as needed. Ms Peck and her fiancé, fellow NYCB Principal Robert Fairchild, made a special visit to Sandy Hook on April 22 to lead a pair of master classes at The Graceful Planet. Students from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet were also part of the special sessions.
For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine’s Day, the two-month anniversary of the 12/14 shootings, was “like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun.”
Local merchants hope to see Sandy Hook Center, pictured from the top of a Sandy Hook fire truck ladder last autumn, teeming with visitors April 27 as the local business association SHOP holds its free Spring Fling Block Party.
“Don’t try this at home,” warned Jonah Cohen with The Children’s Museum of West Hartford. Telling a group of parents and children at C.H. Booth Library on Saturday, April 13, about electrical conductors and insulators, Mr Cohen, outreach and public programs manager, next proposed a quick test on a pickle.
Volunteers of all ages recently gathered to create handmade invitations for a Lighthouse Festival to be presented on June 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church. The event will be presented by Ben’s Lighthouse Fund, and organizers hope to draw residents of all ages.
The Retention Committee from Braintree Hospital in Braintree, Mass., recently collected school supplies to be donated to schools in their area in honor of those killed on 12/14. One of two locations the supplies were delivered to on April 12 was Jefferson Elementary School in Rockland, Mass.
Speaking as a Sandy Hook resident, the mother of two children, and wife of a Bridgeport firefighter, Kristen Boroskey, third from left, thanked Sandy Hook firefighters for being part of the effort of recovery following 12/114. Bridgeport firefighters have launched The 26 Sandy Hook Angels Fund, and are hoping to help pay for a carousel to be gifted to the town of Newtown. With Mrs Boroskey, from left are Paul and Madison Boroskey; in her arms is the couple's son Will.
Thanks to Botsford Fire Rescue and Merenna Amusements carnivals rides, games and food are once again being offered in the main parking lot at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, during the annual Spring Carnival.
This year’s event opened on Thursday, April 18, and will run until Saturday, April 20. Hours were 6 to 10 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2 to 10 pm on Saturday.
On Saturday, a special offer this year will allow Newtown children up to age 12 free rides between 2 and 5 pm, courtesy of the amusement company and Botsford Fire.
Newtown’s Sixth Annual Earth Day Festival is promising to be “bigger and better than ever,” according to organizers. Join the celebration on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen. Rain date is Sunday, April 28.