Rain falling on a frigid winter ground Sunday, January 18, formed a coat of ice that likely kept many residents home during Boy Scout Seth Barrett’s charity collection that afternoon. He had a late start due to the weather on what was to be a one-day collection that morning, so has extended his drive for goods to benefit Operation Hope, a food pantry and homeless shelter in Fairfield, through February 1.
With the recent cold snap I’ve become nostalgic for hay. That’s right, hay. Whenever sub-zero wind chills make the news, I take a deep breath and can recall that sweet smell of alfalfa and timothy on crisp winter mornings.
My old horse would eat copious amounts of hay when the mercury dipped below freezing. Hay is what kept him warm and each winter it seemed all I did from sunrise to sunset to moonrise was fill his hay net over and over and over again.
Contemporary cinema is packed with repeat director-actor collaborations that have yielded stellar results.
There’s Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, along with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to name a few.
Perhaps Newtown can claim some ownership to another recent director-actor pairing: former resident Nate Hapke and seasoned performer Richard Herd.
A desire to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has carried 22-year-old Alexander Moliver a long way from his Newtown home to a small apartment outside of Tel-Aviv, Israel. He spends up to three days there with roommates and rotates back to his military base for another 11 days.
Who was the first baby born to Newtown parents in 2015? We are ready to find out. In addition to that wonderful new baby smell and the joy of life that has arrived in someone’s home, The Newtown Bee and 23 additional local businesses are looking forward to introducing the local newborn whose birth coincides closest to the arrival of the new year.
The Newtown Bee is in the process of preparing stories for Brides 2015, this year’s bridal supplement.
For a few stories, we would like to hear from those who have been married within the past year or who are planning to be married within the year. Answers will be used for general research or may be quoted in some of this year’s stories.
Occupation: I’m a certified yoga instructor, a visual artist, and a Thai yoga therapist. Currently, I teach at Yoga Dimensions in Newtown, and volunteer as a yoga instructor at the Resiliency Center of Newtown. In a previous life, I was a professional bartender for many years.
Family: I have three brothers, and my mom lives here in Newtown.
Lee Paulson and volunteers at FAITH Food Pantry in Sandy Hook had a nasty surprise when they opened up on the Thursday before Christmas. The large chest freezer, containing 29 frozen turkeys and other meats, had died. But thanks to the generosity of Steve Ford at Butcher’s Best Market, says Lee, none of the items went to waste. “Steve let us put all 29 frozen turkeys into the freezer at Butcher’s Best,” she says. The rest of the meats were packed into the smaller freezer at FAITH. “But God bless Steve.
Scientists have long said most people display behavior or talents driven by one dominating side of the brain. Left-brainers tend to display deep analytical and technical skills, while right-brainers lean toward being more creative or artistic talents.
If that is the case, famed producer and musician Alan Parsons is a true hybrid — he seems to have that rare gift of being able to tap both sides of his brain with equally inspiring outcomes depending on the situation.