Reaching for an apple-red fire truck Wednesday, March 18, Joanne Whiting lifted the children’s toy from a shelf. The store manager for The Toy Tree on Church Hill Road, she and store owner Tracy Schmid waited for parents to arrive and meet the makers of the toy: Sandy Hook father and son Jim and Luke Barber.
The Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library received a special donation, Thursday, March 19, delivered in two boxes by Sandy Hook resident Julia Provey. Inside the boxes were more than two dozen children’s books, gifts of children’s book illustrators/authors Ted and Betsy Lewin.
It may be that people whistle while they work, but do they sing? That may have been the question of anyone passing by C.H. Booth Library on Friday, March 20, prior to its 11 am opening. The tune was a familiar one, wafting out of the meeting room: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” but those words?
“And now, retirement is here / And so I face the final book drop. / My friend, I’ll say it clear / I’m trading boots for a pair of flip flops … much more than this, I did it Ralph’s way!”
The third annual Sandy Hook 5K will bring together 1,500 adults and 250 children on Saturday, March 28, to honor the memories of those who were killed on, as well as to offer continued support to those affected by, 12/14. An additional 100 runners will participate virtually, having signed up online with a commitment to run in their hometowns. Proceeds from all race fees, as well as funds raised by individuals and groups participating on March 28, will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund.
Due to an expected winter storm, the Friday evening performance of City of Angels, at Newtown High School, has been canceled. Pre-purchased tickets can be used at any of the other performances this weekend.
Geologically, the Pootatuck aquifer will never have a “high” profile, but Newtown’s main underground water source is now at the top of New England environmentalist’s lists. Efforts from concerned citizens and a state legislator to protect the aquifer from contamination have resulted in the naming of the resource as the town’s sole source of drinking water. Only 10 other aquifers in New England states have been given similar standing.
WATERBURY — Newtown resident Ted Welsh, a retired Norwalk High School social science and international politics teacher, has been offering courses at the University of Connecticut’s Waterbury location through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Dancers from The Gray School of Irish Dance visited Wesley Learning Center on March 9 to offer a pre-St Patrick’s Day dance performance. After a collection of short performances, the visiting instructors and dancers invited their audience to join them for a brief workshop. From left is Deirdre Smith, Genevieve Mallon, Mary Beth Hayes, Sarah Mallon and Colleen Mallon.