Carolyn Mandarano, a member of the Missions Committee at Christ the King Lutheran Church, volunteers as part of Dorothy Day’s “Shelter From the Cold” program in Danbury, where guests can come in from the cold to be served a hot meal. For a few weeks Carolyn has been conducting a coat drive, and anyone who has gently used coats, hats, and gloves has been asked to consider dropping them at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The collection for the temporary shelter will conclude this weekend, and Carolyn is hoping for a strong ending.
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.
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.
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.
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.